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MLSN after 5 years: soil test interpretation for turfgrass today

MLSN after 5 years: soil test interpretation for turfgrass today

This presentation was given at the Philippine Golf Course Management Conference at Orchard Golf and Country Club. The minimum levels for sustainable nutrition (MLSN) guidelines for turfgrass soil test interpretation were introduced in 2012. In this presentation I explain why the MLSN guidelines were developed, how and why they work, and give a simple explanation of how the guidelines are used.

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Micah Woods

May 03, 2017
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  1. MLSN after 5 years: soil test interpretation for turfgrass today

    Micah Woods 4 May 2017 Chief Scientist | Asian Turfgrass Center www.asianturfgrass.com
  2. 1. Conventional guidelines are broken

  3. 1. Conventional guidelines are broken 2. The MLSN guidelines address

    these problems
  4. 1. Conventional guidelines are broken 2. The MLSN guidelines address

    these problems 3. Using MLSN
  5. Conventional guidelines are broken

  6. Objective of greenkeeping The Old Course, St. Andrews

  7. “Greenkeeping is managing the growth rate of the grass to

    create the desired playing surface for golf.” – Micah Woods
  8. Short Grammar of Greenkeeping https://leanpub.com/short_grammar_of_greenkeeping

  9. “The fundamental principle of successful greenkeeping is the recognition of

    the fact that the finest golfing grasses flourish on poor soil and that more harm is done by over-, rather than underfertilizing.” – Alister MacKenzie
  10. Greenkeeping, or agronomy?

  11. “In some cases, turfgrasses have been placed in a ‘high’

    P and K requirement category, while pasture grasses were in a ‘low’ category. This decision was based on economics, not agronomics. The cost of fertilization was not considered of primary importance for turf.” – Carrow, Waddington, and Rieke
  12. And grass is often grown in sand

  13. “Turfgrass researchers continue to improve the soil testing recommendations, but

    that type of research is time consuming and expensive. It is also worth noting that every time a researcher conducts one of these studies, they tend to find that the levels required are lower than what we previously thought – meaning that ‘low potassium’ you got on your last soil test report might be optimum down the road.” – Doug Soldat
  14. The MLSN guidelines address these problems

  15. “I recommend you compare your results with PACE Turf’s Minimum

    Levels for Sustainable Nutrition [MLSN] guidelines ... the minimum levels published by PACE are drastically lower than many traditional soil test interpretations, and likely more accurate.” – Doug Soldat
  16. The MLSN guidelines address these problems

  17. Global Soil Survey

  18. Soil samples from good-performing turf

  19. Soil samples from good-performing turf

  20. Using MLSN

  21. Let’s make sure we have enough apples

  22. More specifically... One can express the quantity of an element

    required as fertilizer as Q. a + b − c = Q where, a is the quantity of the element used by the grass b is the quantity of the element kept in the soil c is the quantity of the element present in the soil Q is the quantity of the element required as fertilizer
  23. MLSN is a value for b amount needed a +

    b − amount present c = fertilizer requirement Q a is a site-specific use estimate, b is the MLSN guideline, and c is the soil test result.
  24. Recommended viewing Videoteca section at http://www.campusdelcesped.com/

  25. http://www.blog.asianturfgrass.com/fertilizer/