The EarthWorks Podcast

Listen to The EarthWorks Podcast below! Join our EarthWorks Agronomy Team as they discuss a wide range of topics including: Biological Soil Management, Carbon Based Fertility, and real life experiences managing turf out in the field.

You'll get to know some of the industry experts in the fields of golf course, sports turf and lawn care management. These casual conversations are more than just tech "jargon of carbon". You'll hear real stories from real people.

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The EarthWorks Podcast Videos

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EW Podcast - The Thanksgiving Podcast!

The Thanksgiving Podcast! The Agronomy team at EarthWorks shares a few moments sharing what we are grateful for this time and year. Theres a bunch of laughs and a lot of good stories and information that can help anyone in the turf industry.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Justin Mandon of Pasatiempo Golf Club

Pasatiempo Golf Club was Alister McKenzie’s favorite course and where he lived much of his life. Golf Course Superintendent, Justin Mandon, talks about this beautiful property, some if its history and most importantly the issues and solutions that the club devised to deal with very expensive and very low quality irrigation water. A lot to learn here.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Mike Kozak

Mike Kozak has been a mentor to some of the best superintendents in our business. He has built golf courses and managed them both as a Superintendent and as a General Manager across the western United States. He gives us some insight on how to find and mentor good young superintendents that can be of help to anyone one managing a turf facility. Mike is now enjoying retirement traveling the country in an RV with his wife stopping to visit friends and family and visiting a few golf courses along the way.

EW Podcast - Jack Higgins with Luke Knutson of Rockville Golf Links

We’ve got a really great perspective for you this week on the excellent state of the golf business from Luke Knutson at Rockville Links Club in Nassau County New York. I also have a great time learning out Luke and architect Jim Urbina have restored the 100A property to be an “ocean of short grass and strategic bunkers” that is a new adventure for the golfer each round!

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Rusty Mercer of Streamsong Resort Golf Courses

Streamsong Resort Golf Courses were all built on an old phosphorous mine where the rock phosphate was stripped from the soil of years of extraction leaving superintendent with Rusty Mercer with very little to work with. Rusty talks about building back the soil on this vast property along with the differences of three of the top modern architects use to build the Streamsong Resort golf courses.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Todd Bohn of Big Cedar Golf

Todd Bohn, Director of Agronomy at Big Cedar Golf, has one of the biggest jobs in the industry. He manages five world class golf courses at one of the greatest golf destinations in the country. We talk about the vision that owner Johny Morris, founder of Bass Pro Shops, brought to this spectactular property in the Ozark mountains, construction and some of the best achitechs in the business.

EW Podcast - Jack Higgins with Gavin Neil of St. Andrews Links

Have you wondered what greenkeeping is like on the other side of the Atlantic? Hear about the day in the work life of my buddy Gavin Neil. We recount some stories from my time at St. Andrews Links and also get some stories of the important greenkeeping practices on the Links.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Tom Breiner

Tom Breiner, former Golf Course Superintendent at Fiddlers Elbow Country Club and I have a bunch of laughs reminiscing over getting started in the business. Tom was one of my most important mentors in the business and we share stories of how a soil really works, our discoveries as to how the business was but mostly just have fun which is how the business should be!

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Matthew Wharton of the Carolina Golf Club

Matthew Wharton is a Master Greenskeeper, Certified Golf Course Superintendent at the Carolina Golf Club in Charlotte, NC and many of your know him from his extensive social media presence. Now you can meet Matthew and get to know him a little better.

EW Podcast - Kevin Hicks with Thomas Bastis

This week we step back a bit from the heady topics of soil chemistry to talk to Thomas Bastis and his role as a PGA Tour Agronomist. Thomas has been in the golf industry for a long time and has lots of stories to share. We discussed construction, his career change from superintendent to Tour Agronomist a few years ago, and even had a discussion about the state of the industry and opportunities during the Pandemic. Thanks for tuning in again this week and be sure to subscribe to our EarthWorks Podcast channel for weekly updates.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons, Kevin Hicks with Bill McKibben The Art of Balancing Soil Nutrients 3

Understanding what your water report is telling you may be the key to your success. In part three of “The Art of Balancing Soils” author and Logan Labs Agronomist brings all three sectors of the soil tests together by talking about the water report. Your irrigation water can affect every aspect of your fertility program and in this installment we talk about how your water can be managed.

EW Podcast with Jerry Pepin - What the heck is in this bag of seed?

Jerry Pepin, the Director of Research at Vista Seed Partners LLC has a wealth of experience when it comes to breeding grass seed varieties for the turf grass industry. We talk about how and why they select certain varieties that are popular in the industry today and some history on the grass seed industry in this country. Understanding the process by which they choose the grass types that you grow can be fascinating!

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons, Kevin Hicks with Bill McKibben The Art of Balancing Soil Nutrients 2

The Art of Balancing Soil Nutrients - Part II, The Water Soluble Paste Extract Test. Bill McKibben, Kevin Hicks and Joel Simmons discuss soluble nutrition using the paste extract as a tool. Bill is an expert at explaining how you can discover just which nutrients are and are not soluble in your soil and how you can build a program to assure that your plants are getting all the nutrients they need.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons with Lawrence Mayhew

Humic Acids are everywhere these days but so few of us really understand what they do and what benefit they may bring to a turf program. Joel Simmons talks with chemist Lawrence Mayhew on the subject of humic acids. Lawrence helped write the testing protocol used by the Humic Product Trade Association (HPTA) to determine what is and what is not a humic acid. Learn from the best in business.

EW Podcast - Joel Simmons and Kevin Hicks with Bill McKibben

Join Kevin Hicks and me as we talk with Bill McKibben, agronomist extraordinaire, author and friend as we start a series on how to read soil, paste and water tests. Bill is the the agronomist at Logan Labs and has been a big piece of the EarthWorks agronomy team for years. We talk about how a soil test report can be interpreted and how the Albrecht model of base saturation can and is used.

The EarthWorks Podcast - Joel Simmons with Troy Crawford of FC Dallas

Join us for a fascinating sports turf discussion with Troy Crawford the grounds manager for FC Dallas. Troy and I discuss, among other things, the ROI that he discovered by investing in amending his fields at time of construction.

The EarthWorks Podcast - Joel Simmons with Kevin Mercer of Denison University

This version of the EarthWorks Podcast we have the pleasure to interview our friend Kevin Mercer, The Grounds & Landscape Manager at Denison University in Granville, Ohio just north of Columbus.  Kevin is a very studied Grounds Manager and talks about his years in the golf industry and the transition to University Grounds Management.  He shares some interesting stories about his unique take on soils management, his reduction in pesticide usage, how he became a Stuart of the soil and how biological soil management has been his agronomic focus for most of his career.  Kevin is both informative and entertaining and worth the listen.

The EarthWorks Podcast - Joel Simmons with Glenn Smickley of California Golf Club

This week I had a chance to catch up with an old friend, Glenn Smickley, the General Manager at the California Golf Club in San Francisco California. We talked about his days as superintendent at The Robert Trent Jones Golf Club, its establishment and grow in and the incredible network of superintendents that Glenn has mentored over his career and whats it like to move desks from the superintendents office to the GM’s. Enjoy!

The EarthWorks Podcast - Jack Higgins with Tom Higgins of Jumping Brook Country Club

Today’s podcast with Tom Higgins of Jumping Brook Country Club discusses the regrassing of collars and intermediate cut around greens. Tom is a very generous guy, and it was fun to hear some of his stories!

The EarthWorks Podcast - Joel Simmons with John Chassard of Lehigh Country Club

Join me for a conversation with my old friend Golf Course Superintendent John Chassard of Lehigh Country Club in Emmaus Pennsylvania. We talk about his William Flynn design, his stream restoration, biological soil management and the incredible culture he has built around his long term staff.

The EarthWorks Podcast - Joel Simmons with Kevin Hicks

Thanks for joining us for The EarthWorks Podcast, today I am interviewing Kevin Hicks, 25 year golf course superintendent. Kevin and I talk about his experiences of coming out of turf school and taking over Dessert Forest Country Club all the way to managing the floating green at The Coeur d’Alene Resort. We wrap discussing the challenges of completely changing careers to become a consulting sales agronomist.

The EarthWorks Podcast - Jack Higgins with Josh Saunders

EarthWorks had the pleasure of talking with Josh Saunders of Lancaster Country Club a few days ago. Tune in to hear Josh discuss some of the joys and challenges of managing the golf course on this beautiful piece of property in the farm country of Pennsylvania. There is some interesting discussion about preparing for the Women’s US Open along with agronomic strategies for managing different constructed root zones and holes that are prone to flooding.

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