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KANSAS: Jack Meyers, Meyers Turf       RHODE ISLAND: Dave Wallace, Tee        BRAZIL: Marcelo Matte, Green Grass,      KOREA: Song-ho Lee, L. Green Co.,
Farms, RR 1, Box 69, Stilwell, KS      & Green Sod, PO Box 418, Exeter, RI    Av. Sertorio, 4380, Porto Alegre, R.S.   Ltd., Juam-Dong 75 Kwachon-Si,
66085-9711; 913/681-2667               02822; 401/789-8177                    91040-620 Brazi;55/51-3361 5866          Kyunggi-Do 427-070 Korea;
KENTUCKY: James Jenkins, Highland SOUTH CAROLINA: open                        CANADA                                   82/2-572-8643
Sod Farms, PO Box 2051, Elizabeth,     SOUTH DAKOTA: Sheila Adrian,           ALBERTA: Eric Heuver, Eagle Lake         LEBANON: Toufic Hibri, Gazon Roll,
KY 42702; 270/769-1005                 Adrian Sod Service, 27217 473rd        Turf Farms, Box 2130, Strathmore,        PO Box 135537, 232 Verdun Street,
LOUISIANA: Andy Simpson,               Ave., Sioux Falls, SD 57108;           AB T1 P; 1K1 403/235-8873                Beirut Lebanon; 961/1351160
Simpson Sod Co., Inc., PO Box 1726, 605/743-2801                                                                       MEXICO: Jose Porrero Lichtle,
                                                                              BRITISH COLUMBIA: Macky Banns,
Covington, LA 70434; 504/892-4065                                                                                      Horizontes (Golf & Garden), Bosques
                                       TENNESSEE: Spencer Cultra,             Highland Redi-Green, Ltd., 16897
MAINE: see New Hampshire               Cultra Turf Specialists, Inc.,         Windsor Rd., Pitt Meadows, BC V3Y        de Pirules No. 47, Mexico DJ. 11700
                                       1203 S. Ury Street, Union City,        1Z1 Canada; 604/465-9812                 Mexico; 525/895-0402
MARYLAND: Eugene B. Roberts, Jr.,
Fairwood Turf Farm, Inc., 4311         TN 38261; 800/221-8733                 MANITOBA/SASKATCHEWAN: open              NETHERLANDS: Yvonne Nannings,
Church Rd., Glenn Dale, MD 20769-      N. TEXAS: Sam Peterson, Gardner                                                 Nannings v. Loen BV, Astronaut 40,
9169; 301/390-6212                                                            MARITIME PROVINCES: Patrick              3824 MJ Amersfoort, Netherlands;
                                       Turfgrass, Inc., PO Box 440 - 134      Hewitt, Emerald Sod Producers, Inc.,
MASSACHUSETTS: see Rhode Island Gardner Dr., Tioga, TX 76271;                                                          31/33-4564550
                                                                              St. Shott's, NF AOA 3RO Canada;
MICHIGAN: Norman L. DeBuck,            940/437 -9911                          709/438-2306                             NEW ZEALAND: Alan Morgan,
New Lawn Sod Farm,                     S. TEXAS: Stephen Brown, Quality                                                Readylawn Industries, ltd., 340
                                                                              ONTARIO: Claus Zander, Zander            Halswell Junction Rd., Christchurch 3
50240 Martz Rd., Belleville, MI        Turf Farms, PO Box 321, West           Sod Co., Ltd., 17525 Jane St., RR 1,
48111-2539; 313/481-0033               Columbia, TX 77486; 979/345-6490                                                New Zealand; 03/322-8547
                                                                              Kettleby, ON LOG 1JO Canada;
MINNESOTA: Leon Dahle, Dahle           UTAH: Brad Pack, Pack Farms,           905/727-2100                             NORWAY: Johnny Trandem, Ostfold
Landscaping, 407 4th St., NW,          790 N. 500 W, Bountiful, UT 84010;                                              Gress AS, Rod Gaard, 1570 Dilling
                                                                              QUEBEC: Mary Ann Alexander,              Norway; 4769/266050
Morristown, MN 55052-9905;              801/397-1557                          Alexander Farms, 5330 Chemin
507/685-2245                           VERMONT: see New Hampshire                                                      POLAND: Stan Adamek, Grassland
                                                                              Martin, Terrebonne, PQ J6X 4H4
MISSISSIPPI: open                                                             Canada; 450/477-1117                     Farms Sp. Z.o.o., Kiaczyn 18, 64-530
                                       VIRGINIA: Scott Woodward,                                                       Kazmierz Wlkp. Poland;
E. MISSOURI: Ed Keeven, Jr.,           Woodward Turf Farms, Inc., 10002       CHINA: Li Min, Beijing Ag                061/29 17 652
Emerald View Turf Farm, 1722           Burwell Road, Nokesville, VA 20181;    University/Forage Seed Lab,
Highway 79, O'Fallon, MO 63366-        703/335-9899                           Department of Animal Sciences,           PORTUGAL: Felipe Guedes, Estrada
4304; 636/978-2120                                                            Beijing 100094, China; 86/10             Da Serra, Tapada De Vale De Lobos,
                                       WASHINGTON: Kent Bacon, Twin Firs                                               2715 Pero Pinheiro, Codex Portugal;
W. MISSOURI: Mike O'Connor, Mike       Turf, Inc., 7735 Rd. L5 N.W, Quincy,   62896740
O'Connor Sodding, 1210 Prairie Ln.,                                                                                    3511/9623562
                                       WA 98848-9728; 509/787-2868            DENMARK: Knud Eiler, Prodana
Raymore, MO 64083; 816/331-4139                                               Seeds AlS, Faborgvej 248, DK-5250        SAUDI ARABIA: Isaak A. Diqs, Wadi
                                       WEST VIRGINIA: Charles T. Price,                                                Badan Corporation, P.O. Box 5370,
MONTANA: Brad Kreider, Superior        Riverside Sod Farm, 3500 Hillpoint     Odense SV, Denmark; 45/63-171600
Sod Farm & Landscaping, Inc.,                                                                                          Riyadh 11422 Saudi Arabia
                                       Drive, Charleston, WV 25302;           EGYPT: open                              9661/4633041
2080 Whitefish Stage Rd., Kalispell,   304/344-0581
MT 59901; 406/257-8585                                                        ENGLAND: Jeff Farnaby, J & B             SCOTLAND: Graeme D. Forbes,
                                       WISCONSIN: George Brandt, Jr.,         Farnaby, Brough Moor Farm,               Stewarts Turf, Stronghold Works
NEBRASKA: Don Daringer, Nebraska       American Sod Corporation,              Scurragh Lane, Skeeby, Richmond, N.
Sod Co., 4133 Clifford Dr., Lincoln,                                                                                   Mayfield Industrial Estate, Dalkeith
                                       PO Box 861, Palatine, IL 60078-0861;   Yorkshire DL10 5EF England;              EH22 4BZ Scotland; 0131/6636617
NE 68506; 402/483-1970                 847/358-0144                           44/01748 824594
NEVADA: Cary Yamamoto, Dayton                                                                                          SLOVAK REPUBLIC: Jozef Munka,
                                       WYOMING: Jeff Feagler, Torrington      ESTONIA: Henn Raave, Torvandi
Valley Turf, PO Box 70520, Reno, NV Sod Farm, Rt. 2, Box 179A,                                                         Orag Slovakia, Mojmirova 8, 82108
89570; 775/337-2992                                                           Ringtee 3-11, 61701 Tartu MK             Bratislava Slovak Republic;
                                       Torrington, WY 82240 307/532-2777      Estonia; 37/25117461
NEW HAMPSHIRE: John McPhail,                                                                                           421/7 -55969730
                                       ARGENTINA: open                        FINLAND: Karl Grotenfelt, Jarvikyla
Gold Star Sod Farms, Inc.,                                                                                             SOUTH AFRICA: Hantie Cloete,
250 West Rd., Canterbury, NH 03224; AUSTRALIA                                 Estate, Jarvikyla, 79600 Joroinen        Evergreen Garden C.C., P.O. Box 135,
800/648-8873                                                                  Finland; 358/17-4704400                  Eikenhof 1872 South Africa;
                                       NEW SOUTH WALES: Peter
NEW JERSEY: David K. Johnson, D.       McMaugh, Qualturf Pty, Ltd.,           FRANCE: Antoine Bataille, Express        011/948-9728
Johnson Farms, Inc., PO Box 65,        75 Ryedale Rd., West Ryde, Sydney,     Gazon, Route de Thiers sur Theve,        SPAIN: Miguel Cremades, DIFIMA,
Deerfield, NJ 08313; 856/358-1123      NSW 2114 Australia;                    60520 Pontarme, France;                  General Arrando 13, 28010 Madrid
                                       61/2-98074377                          333/44549076                             Spain; 34/91 4462931
NEW MEXICO: Dave Landess,
Gardner Turfgrass, Inc., PO Box 18,    QUEENSLAND: Lynn Davidson,             GERMANY: Horst Schwab, Schwab            SWEDEN: Ulf Prejer, Frosvidalsgras,
Santa Teresa, NM 88008-0018;           Jimboomba Turf Co. Pty, Ltd., PO Box   Rollrasen, Haid am Rain 3, D-86579       Frosvidal Sateri, S-705 92 Orebro,
505/589-0401                           6005, Acacia Ridge D.C., Queensland    Waidhofen, Germany; 49/8252 90760        Sweden; 019/283143
NEW YORK: Chip Lain, Pine Island       4110 Australia; 61/07-3273 1166        GREECE: Michael Agorogiannis,            SWITZERLAND: Antonio Chiauzzi,
Turf Nursery, Inc., 1081 County Rt. 1, SOUTH AUSTRALIA: Dik Murphy,           Green Carpet, Koumoundourou 30,          Otto Hauenstein Samen AG,
Pine Island, NY 10969; 800/700-8873 Turf Grass Adelaide, R.S.D. 3153A,        41222 Larisa Greece; 041/531486          Bahnhofstrasse 92, CH-8197
NORTH CAROLINA: David B. McCart, Murray Bridge, S. Australia 5253             HUNGARY: Janos Janowszky,                Rafz Switzerland; 41/18791717
Piedmont Turf Farm, 1890 H.W Farm Australia; 61/08 8531 0645                  Agricultural Research & Development      SYRIA: Bashar H. AI Midani,
Rd., Maiden, NC 28650;                 TASMANIA: Bill G. Casimaty,            Institute, PO Boksz 54/ Szabadsag        Class Garden Center, PO Box 3626,
828/428-8359                           Strathayr Instant Lawn, PO Box 38,     u 30, Szarvas 5541 Hungary; 36/66-       AI Jalah, Damascus, Syria;
NORTH DAKOTA: see South Dakota         Richmond, Tasmania 7025 Australia;     215749                                   96/3113331817
                                       61/03 6260 2388                        IRELAND: Brian Martyn, Martyn's
OHIO: Daniel Huggett, Columbus Turf                                                                                    TURKEY: Neville Coleman, Cimser
Nursery, 14337 U.S. 23, Ashville, OH VICTORIA: Robert Davey, Evergreen        Grass Lawns Ltd., Gort Nalean,           Cim Uretim San Ve Tic Ltd. Sti, c/o
43103; 740/983-8873                    Turf, 560 McGregor Rd., Pakenham,      Dunmore, Galway Ireland; 35393           Asil Tapici, Mithatpasa Cad 921/11,
                                       Victoria 3810 Australia;               38012                                    Izmir, Turkey; 90/232-2242056
OKLAHOMA: Ray Volentine, Sr.,          61/03-5941 1144
Tulsa Grass & Sod Farms, 10717 S.                                             ISRAEL: open                             URUGUAY: Juan Jose Garese,
Delaware, Tulsa, OK 74137;             WESTERN AUSTRALIA: open                ITALY: Michele Bindi, Bindi              Reverdecer S.C., Solano Antuna 2960,
918/299-7737                           AUSTRIA: Wilfried L. Zehetbauer,       Pratopronto SNC, Via Cristoforo          #502, Montevideo, Uruguay 11300;
OREGON: Myron Kuenzi, Kuenzi Turf, Zehetbauer Fertigrasen, Matzneusiedl,      Colombo KM.21, 00124 Roma Italy;         5982-6041363
6500 State Street, Salem, OR 97301;    A-2301 Probstdorf Austria;             39/06-5090840                            VENEZUELA: Jon Arechabaleta,
503/585-8337                           4322152254                             JAPAN: Fumiaki Miyachi, Zoysian          Sistemas Jach CA, C. Bolivar,
PENNSYLVANIA: J. Robert Hummer,        BELGIUM: Andre Schelfhout,             Japan Co., Ltd., Kobe Office, Room       Galpon No. 85A, La Trinidad, Caracas
Sporting Valley Turf Farms, 1527       Schelfhout Graszoden,                  801, 278-1, Okubo, Okubo-cho,            1080 Venezuela; 58/212-9412843
South Colebrook Rd., Manheim, PA       Grootbroekstraat 44,3640 Kinrooi,      Aksahi-shi 674-0051, Hyogo Japan;                                    .TPI
17545; 717/898-5000                    Belgium; 0032/89701790                 81/8478-2-2126

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    To Place a Classified Ad, Please Note:
    Deadline:           Ads must be received in writing at least 30 days prior to the issue date (example: March/April issue-ad must
                        be received by February 1st).
    Rates:              TPI Members -$90 per inch (approximately 35-40 words); Non-member-$135 per inch.
    Wording:            Send exact wording to TPI, 1855-A Hicks Rd., Rolling Meadows, IL 60008; or fax to 847/705-8347; or e-mail to
                        tberkowitz@TurfGrassSod.org (key in subject: "Classified Ad"). All classified ads must be prepared for entry
                        into desired issue. Any questions, call 847/705-9898.

    FOR SALE: Bermuda King, Fairway Row Planter in good condition,                    REWARD $250: For information leading to a successful purchase of a
    $5750; Mathis Rotary Mower 21-ft.wide in good condition, $7450;                   self-propelled Princeton sod harvester, Winchester "Easy Stack" model,
    Brillion Seeder, three-point hitch type, Model SL8, excellent condition,          manufactured in late '80s to early '90s. Contact Jeff at Tel: 360-456-1006,
    $2850; Mill Creek Top Dresser, Model 75TD, excellent condition, $2,950.           or ivanlierov@.countrvvreen.net.
    Contact: Jack Hardin, Sod Atlanta, 770/382-7284.
                                                                                      SOD EQUIPMENT           FOR SALE: (I) 1999 TSH 2010 Ford, 178 hours,
    WANTED TO BUY: Brouwer Palletless Forks. Contact: Jim Doke at                     18-in. cut rollup attachment, Tex Flex Head, Cross conveyer, Auto steer,
    303/775-4900 or 303/776-2300.                                                     SN#0699fl90, $32,500; (2) 1999 Land Pride AFM 401 I II-ft. Mower,
                                                                                      $5,000; (3) 7-112-ft. Land roller, $1,500; (4) Spyder Forklift Diesel,
    FOR SALE: (1) Brouwer SH 1500 Sod Harvester, 18-in. Rolling unit on a             SN#fe289I 78, $10,000; (5) 2000 Goosen Versa 1 Vac, 7-112 cubic yards,
    Ford 4610 Tractor, approximately 2,445 hours, Rubber Conveyor Mat,                72-in. deck, verto-cut, thatch'n vac, approximately 20 hours, Model# on
    Cross Conveyor, Roof and Lights, and Electric Depth Control, $14,900; (2)         frame VV20000, SN#201, Model# on deck DVV20000r, SN#176, $14,800.
    Brouwer SH 1500 Sod Harvester, 18-in. Rolling Unit on a Ford 3910                 Contact Todd Hodgson, Kilbourne, IL, Tel: 309/538-4411 (Office); Fax:
    Tractor, Approximately 2,300 hours, Rubber Conveyor Mat, Cross                    309/538-4279.
    Conveyor, Roof and Lights, and Electric Depth Control, $14,500. Contact
    Ian True, Brouwer Turf Equipment, Tel: 705-435-4589                               USED IRRIGATION        PIPE: 4-in., 6-in., 8-in. & 10-in. used aluminum
                                                                                      sprinkler & mainline pipe in good condition. 800/246-3685. Schumacher
    EQUIPMENT        FOR SALE: The following three trailers have good tires,          Irrigation, Inc.
    good brakes and "Brouwer Hitch Hiker Forklift" packages on back of trail-
    ers: (I) 30-ft. Rogers Tandem Trailer, $3,500; (2) 32-ft. Great Dane              FOR SALE: Two sod farms available in central South Carolina. Includes
    Tandem Trailer, $5,500; (3) 45-ft. Trailmobile Tandem Trailer, $7,500;            all equipment, irrigation systems and field equipment, 268-acre and 257-
    1991 and 1997 Brower Hitch Hiker Forklifts, Model 3600- R, 1991 has               acre tracts. Contact T. Williams at 803/252-2728, ext. 202 for further
    been completely rebuilt in last three years. Call Grassland Ent., Spokane,        information or appraisal.
    WA, Attn: Ed Burke, 509/456-4364.
                                                                                      SPYDERS New/Used/Rebuilt. Full line of replacement parts and update
    AUSTRALIA'S LEADING SOD FARM FOR SALE: OWNER RETIR-                               kits. Kubota, Ruggerini, Kohler and Onan engines and parts. Nichols-
    ING-250 acres of a 300-acre farm in production; Established in 1972;              Fairfield torque hubs. We repair and rebuild Spyder hydraulic pumps and
    Producing II Al Quality Turf Types. Six PBR Licensed Grasses; Located             motors. FAST SERVICE. Call or write: Mobile Lift Parts Inc., 5402
    one hour from Sydney, Walk in Walk Out; Includes Harvester, Mowers,               Edgewood Rd., Crystal Lake, IL 60012; Visit our website at
    Irrigators, Pump Licenses-too    many to list. Manager's residence on site        www.spvdervarts.com;    e-mail sQyder@owc.net; Tel: 815/455-7363,
    with three acres of prime subdividable land; Optional executive home on           800/397-7509, Fax: 815/455-7366.
    eight acres just 15 minutes to the foot hills of the Blue Mountains from the
    farm, with stunning views to Sydney. Too many features to list. Tel: Terry at     FOR SALE: (1) Jacobsen 7-gang Hydr. Lift frame, no mowers, like new,
    0011 61 0245772550. Ala 0011 61 02 45731367--Genuine            Inquiries only.   $3,500; (2) IO-ft. Aer-Way, model HR35N, 3 pt., adj. gangs, like new,
                                                                                      $2,500; (3) Essock vibrator roller, pull type, gas engine, 54-in. wide,
    EQUIPMENT      FOR SALE: New and used Donkey Truck Carried                        $3,000. Long Sod Farms, Inc., 920/674-2393.
    Forklifts. New and used Progressive Finishing Mowers. Full line of parts
    available. WANTED: Used Donkeys. Sales Midwest, Inc., 800/385-9408.               EQUIPMENT       FOR SALE: (I) 7-gang Roseman hydraulic pull type 10
                                                                                      inch reel mower, $3,500; (2) Toro Parkmaster SP 7-Gang hydraulic reel
    TURF PRODUCTION MANAGER: Camposol, a privately-owned farm-                        mower, perkins diesel, $4,500; (3) Befco Finish Mower, 22-ft., $5,000; (4)
    ing company based in Southwest Portugal, is seeking a manager with                Jacobsen F I OSP 7-Gang Reel Mower, 5-bladed, fresh overhauled 4-cylin-
    ambition to assist in the expansion of their turf (sod) growing enterprise        der Ford Engine (gas), $4,500 (5) 18-ft. Woods Finish Mowers, $4,500. (6)
    supplying the amenity markets of Portugal and Spain. This is a demanding          Texas 30-in. Big Roll Harvester with Netting Attachment, $5,000; (7)
    role and the successful applicant will need to be a good team player and          Jacobsen FI0 7-gang SP, New Five Blade Reels, $3,500, (8) Rhino 23-ft.
    have the ability to be self-motivated. You will need to live in Portugal and      Finish Mower, $4,500, (9) Finn Eagle Straw Blower, 6-cylinder JD diesel,
    preferably speak either Portuguese or Spanish as well as English.                 $7,500, (10) Imco 3-pt. Crimper, $1,250. Call Meyers Turf, 913/681-2669
    Knowledge or experience of growing and establishing crops in a warm sea-          and see photos at www.meyersturf.com.
    son climate is also required. Having a mechanical aptitude is preferred as
    is a knowledge of turf (sod) related machinery, although this is not essen-       FOR SALE: (I) 1997 John Deere 8300 MFWD Cab & Air, AM/FM radio,
    tial. A comprehensive award package is offered to the successful applicant        Duels, front weights, 5,100 hrs., Asking $60,000; (2) 1997 Ford NH 6610
    and assistance will be available for relocation and expenses. All inquiries       4x4, canopy, RaPS, front weights, about 1,500 hrs., asking $18,000; (3)
    should be addressed to Peter Knight in confidence, using the following             1993 Brouwer A3A 16-in. mini roller, 2,500 hrs, auto steer, electric depth
    details: Camposol, Lda., Apartado 123, 7646-909 Vila Nova De Milfontes,           control, 48-in. x 48-in. stacking cavity, asking $22,000; (4) 1998 Brouwer
    Portugal; Tel: 00351/283 990010; Fax: 00351 283998411;                             1560 16-in. mini roller, 2,500 hrs., turbo charged, floating head, auto steer,
    Email: camvosol@.mail.televac.vt.                                                 electric depth control, 48-in. x 48-in, stacking cavity, asking $27,000; (5)
                                                                                      Mid 70's Brouwer A3A 18-in. mini roller, auto steer, electric depth control,
    FOR SALE: Fertilizer/Seeder Spreader Truck-LoRal        Air Flow dry              48-in. x 48-in. stacking cavity, asking $9,000; (6) 1997 Scotts Land
    spreader mounted on 1985 Ford F8000, 58,200 miles. Original owner-very            Leveler, size 14-ft. x 50-ft., asking $4,000; Also have wheel moves/side
    good condition. Must be seen to be appreciated. Excellent for seeding             rolls, $2,500 for 114 mile 5-in. or $2,000 for 4-in.; 4-in. solid set pipe for
    grass and spreading dry fertilizer. Very accurate. Has seeded many acres          $25/stick; 6-in., 7-in. and 8-in. main line for $30/stick. For more informa-
    of sod, $16,000 OBO. Virginia Beef Corp. (day) 703/754-8873 or (eve)              tion on these and other items, please contact Darren, Tel: 5611835-3747,       or
    703/754-2780.                                                                     Dwoerner@.woernerwvb.com.

    FOR SALE: 1999 WMI Big Roll 30-in. Harvester, Very Little Use.,                   FOR SALE: WHITE BIRCH WOOD SKEWERS. 6 in. and 114 in. thick,
    $7,0000BO. Call 800/426-1335 (Tom).                                               pointed one end. The industry standard for securing turfgrass netting or
                                                                                      sod on hillsides. We can supply any quantity anywhere. Order early to
   WANTED TO BUY: Used 22-ft. Brouwer Rotary Mower for parts. Call                    receive best pricing and delivery. Call Ron at Western Turf Farms Ltd.,
   815/469-9421.                                                                      Tel: 604/850-3772 or Fax: 604/850-3780.

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PERSONAL BOARD PERSPECTIVE

                The Secret to A Sod Marketing Strategy
                                                etc., and on and on. All his efforts toward     all times of the day or night. In addition, a
Observations    and Opinions of a TPI
                                                planning were directed totally toward pro-      sod grower must keep waves of summer
Board member.         By Dave Dymond
                                                duction. That's all he knew. Production.        insects and diseases from attacking his sod.
                                                Nothing about marketing. Doing it faster,           We are expected to do all of the above,



                          M      Yback-
                                  ground is
                                  and always
                         has been in farm-
                          ing. My father was
                                                better, cheaper!
                                                     Did he have a marketing strategy? My
                                                first recollection as a youngster was that he
                                                did not have any marketing strategy. Ivan,
                                                the broker, did the selling. Vegetables are
                                                                                                regardless of the elements. Customers
                                                                                                want us to be a sod factory, punching out
                                                                                                sod in "cookie cutter" sameness. They
                                                                                                refuse to recognize that we are managing a
                                                                                                living, growing and dynamically changing
                          a vegetable farmer,   easy to market. After all, I thought every-     entity, affected by the environment, natural
                          growing cucumbers     one eats tomatoes and cucumbers! Boy            pests and human management (compe-
                          in Florida and        was I wrong; I was the only kid in my           tence) skills.
                          tomatoes in           neighborhood that liked both.                       They don't want to hear any excuses.
                          Pennsylvania.   We        Today, I know he really did have a mar-     Period! They say, "Just get me my sod or
                          traveled back and                                                     I'll go elsewhere." (Oh, I forgot to men-
Dave Dymond
                          forth, summers up                                                     tion the competition, didn't I?)
north, school year in Florida.                      "In Summary, what                                If I have learned anything these last 28
    Each crop he planted required all the                                                       years about the sod business and what
laborious steps of land prep, planting, pest
                                                   better marketing plan                        makes it succes'sful, it is consistency. You
control, fertilization and irrigation.             than consistency!"                           must provide the same quality sod and
During the entire process, he had one                                                           service to your precious few customers
goal: getting a mature crop ready for har-                                                      day after day, year in and year out. You
vest as quickly as possible. Once the crop      keting strategy, a very simple one. It was      must grow it to a level of consistency that
was ready to harvest, it was picked, sent to    to consistently grow and produce the best       separates your sod farm the rest. It does-
the packing house where it was cleaned,         quality of vegetables, year in and year out                     Secret      continued on page 86
shined, sized, sorted and boxed for ship-       for his market: Ivan the broker.
ment to the markets. The "market" was a             Ivan bought my father's vegetables
broker named Ivan. Ivan marketed (sold)         every year for 32 years. Why do you sup-
                                                pose he did? Well, it was because he
                                                                                                                        .
                                                                                                        David A. Dymond, of H&H Sod
the vegetables-the    prices received were
dictated by supply and demand, sometimes        knew he could expect consistent quality            Company, Kenansville, FL, was born and
                                                                                                   raised in Homestead, Florida. Son of a
a good high price, sometimes low.               from Dad, year after year. He knew the
                                                                                                   vegetable farmer, he was graduated from
   The entire process took three to four        pack-out would be graded, sorted and               the University of Florida with a bachelors
months.                                         packaged consistently correct. And he              degree in Agriculture, specializing in
    As with most farmers, Dad judged the        knew what his customers liked. He knew             Horticultural Sciences, in 1974. In 1975,
success of his crop, or year, by the produc-    these vegetables would make him money              he received his Master Degree in
                                                                                                   Agriculture, specializing in Turfgrass
tion criterion of quality, rather than just     because there would be very little waste or
                                                                                                   Science. After graduation, he worked as
profit. Comments like, "We had the best         rejected packages.                                 a Golf Course Superintendent at Killearn
yield in five years," or "The fruit set early       In summary, what better marketing              Golf Country Club in Tallahassee.
and quality was not as good as last year,"      plan than consistency!   Plain and simple.              Dave became sod farm manager for
or "The percent of pack-out was the best        Customers want the same familiar things            A. Duda and Sons 1976 thru 1998. In
                                                                                                   September of 1998, he began at H&H Sod
ever this year," and even "The rainfall was     day in and day out. They don't like sur-
                                                                                                   Company.
perfect this year," were how he recapped        prises. Don't we frequent the same restau-              He is vice president of the Florida
the year's crops.                               rants and businesses because we know               Sod Growers Coop, and was elected to
    Never once did I hear him say, "How         what they have?                                    the TPI Board of Trustees in July of 2000.
can I sell more next year?" or "I need to           Therein lies the biggest challenge for         Currently, he is serving as chairman of the
                                                                                                    TPI Marketing Committee.
explore new markets," or "What demo-            all of us sod farmers. How do we consis-
                                                                                                        He is married to Diane and has two
graphics buy the most vegetables?"              tently produce good quality sod throughout         sons, Jason Dymond (29) and Joshua
   I do remember very vividly, however,         the year, every year? We are expected to           Dymond (18), plus two step sons, Brent
his speaking about what he was going to         have perfect sod, even when we just have           Berry (18) and Bryan Berry (15), and two
do different next year, with things like        had seven days of rain, or 60 days of 95-          grandchildren, boys ages 5 and 2.
                                                                                                        Dave's other interests include traveling,
changing varieties, using more fertilizer,      degree temperatures with no rain. We
                                                                                                   golf. tennis, fishing, bird hunting and
buying wind machines for frost protection,      must be able to harvest sod in all condi-          flying-he just received his Private Pilot
replacing equipment by next crop, etc.,         tions, load trucks as fast as possible and at      certificate for fixed-wing aircraft.

84                                                                                              TPI Turf News: January I February           2002
McCord's can eliminate costly tire rutting during seeding, mowing and fer-        • Cost-Saving Replacement of Duals: One TERRA-TIRE does the work
tilizer operations by converting your tractors to our flotation Terra-Tires.      of two conventional tires. The weight of a TERRA-TIRE and rim is less than
McCord's custom built wheels allow fast conversion for virtually any vehi-        the weight of the dual wheels and tires it replaces. In addition to this net
cle. Join customers nationwide who've counted on McCord's advise, ser-            weight saving, these tires provide improved flotation, yet service and
vice, and savings for over 20 years! Call McCord's FLOTATION TIRE                 maintenance costs are generally lower.
SPECIALISTS at our toll free numbers listed below .
                                                                                  • Conventional Service and Repair: In spite of the advantages to be realized
Advantages                                                                        in the use of TERRA-TIRE, low pressure, low profile tires, this unusual tire
                                                                                  requires nothing unusual in the way of service or repair. Conventional
• lower Unit Ground Pressure: The large ground contact area of TERRA-             maintenance methods are totally applicable.
TIRE flotation tires effectively distributes load over a relatively broad area,
providing a reduction in unit ground pressure in comparison with conven-
tional tires .
 • Improved Shock Absorption: The carcass of a TERRA-TIRE is very flex-
ible. This design characteristic, coupled with low inflation pressures, pro-
vides for high level energy absorption. The resulting air-cushion effect means
less wear on equipment, reduced fatigue for the operator.
 • Increased Pay load To Vehicle Weight: The enveloping and cushion-
ing effect of the TERRA-TIRE permits both a strength and a weight reduc-
tion in vehicle design. The net result in designing a vehicle for a given load
capacity is an effective increase in the ratio of pay load to vehicle weight.
• Reduced Rolling Resistance: Large ground contact area, flexibility of
carcass, and low inflation pressure wor1<together to reduce rolling resistance.




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                            In the United States and Canada 800-348-2396
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n't matter what variety you grow or the
                                                                                AD INDEX
price you charge; if it isn't the same good             B & E Equipment/Everly Turf Farm           26    Progressive Turf Equipment, Inc             32
sod everyday, you will lose customers.                  Barenbrug USA                              41    Quality Corporation                        .49
                                                        Brouwer Turf Equipment            54, 73, 87     R & R Products                              32
Everyone in your operation must under-
                                                        Bucyrus Equipment Company             19, 33     Rayne Land Planes, Inc                     .40
stand this concept for your service require-
                                                        Carolina Paper Tubes, Inc                  69    Reinke Manufacturing, Inc             , 22
ments to be consistent as well.
                                                        Conwed Plastics                          .47     Rota Dairon/Emrex                           83
    The experts have reported that farmers
                                                        Conwed Plastics/Bucyrus Equip. Co          28    Scotts Company                              27
aren't marketers of their products because              Evergreen Sod Farm/Country Sup             55    Shattuck Turf Equipment                    .49
they are too focused on production. I                   Fairway Industries, Inc                    23    Sod Solutions                          28, 68
would ask them to look at it differently.               Golden State Irrigation Service            57    Sprigger's Choice Mfg./Grimsley Sodding .. 61
Without good production skills, a grower                Helena Chemical Corp                       15    TL Irrigation                               71
would have nothing to market, especially                J & K Sod Blades, Inc                      78    TAMANET (USA)            ,         6, 50, 72
in a market that demands consistent quality             Kansasland Tire Co                         38
                                                                                                         Tenax Corp                                  20
like our sod market. I believe quality has              Kesmac, Inc                           35,52
                                                                                                         Texas Sod Leasing                      30, 55
to be consistent.    Consistency only comes             Kongskilde Limited                        .75
                                                                                                         Trebro Manufacturing                    3, 39
from being a good producer. Consistency                 Lebanon Turf Products                      25
                                                                                                         Turf Merchants Inc                          67
is the foundation on which any good mar-
                                                        Lesco                    Outside Back Cover
                                                                                                         Turf Products Corporation               66,74
                                                        Lindsay Manufacturing                  2, 64
keting program is built. Gimmicks or                                                                     Turf Tick Products B.V.                      .4
                                                        Load Lifter Manufacturing                  11
unique, new promotional ideas as market-
                                                        McCord Flotation Tire Sales & Serv         85    Turfgrass America                '          30
ing strategies will never stand alone with-
                                                        Nannings v. Loen BV                        83    The Turfgrass Group                        .70
out foundation of consistency .•    VPI                 Nationwide Funding, Inc                    74    Turfgrass Producers Int'I. (TPI)         9, 10
                                                        Nichols Tillage Tools                      58    Turf-Seed, Inc                              21
                                                        Option Flotation Tire & Wheel             .46    United Horticultural Supply                 37
                                                    I   Oxion                                      86    Vantage                                     77
     Info Central                              i'

                                                                                                         W. S. Pharr & Company                      .44
                                                        PBI/Gordon                                 31
     Key Words: board, personal                         Pennington Seed, Inc                        5    Web-Lift, Inc                              .40
     perspective, Dymond                                                                                 Wilson Enterprise/DW Lifts                  68
                                                        Pickseed West Inc                          13
     Category Codes: TP                                 Poyntz Manufacturing                       56    WMlfTSH                                .42-43




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86                                                                                                      TPI Turf News: January / February 2002
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                        WITH A MINIMUM OF LABOR.
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