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GCEP pest management survey results released
Results from GCSAA’s second Pest Management Practices Survey show that superintendents reduced their reliance on pesticides since the first survey results in 2007. In turn, courses have increased their reliance on non-pesticide pest control practices such as cultural control, plant growth regulators and biological control. The survey is part of the Golf Course Environmental Profile, conducted by GCSAA through the EIFG and funded by the USGA.

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What is the Golf Course Environmental Profile?

In 2006, GCSAA and the EIFG began a series of surveys on the physical features and maintenance practices of golf courses in the U.S. Known as the Golf Course Environmental Profile, the results were released from 2007-2012 and provided a baseline of information for use in the management of golf facilities but also offered an opportunity to communicate golf’s environmental efforts to the public. In fall 2014, the second phase began, with a second series of surveys being conducted and reported from 2014-2017. The USGA will sponsor the profile in conjunction with the EIFG. Read more about the Golf Course Environmental Profile, including results from the second phase Water Survey and Nutrient Survey »

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Results from the second phase pest management survey

Over the past several years, U.S. golf courses have increased their reliance on non-pesticide pest control practices such as cultural control, plant growth regulators and biological control. In addition, there has been a significant downward trend, since 2007, in the degree to which superintendents felt that pesticide restrictions influenced their pest management programs. The Pest Management Practices Survey shows that turf managers are using non-pesticide control practices in conjunction with conventional chemistries, rather than as substitutes. In contrast, reliance on conventional chemistries such as fungicides, herbicides, insecticides and nematicides has either decreased or showed little change.

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