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December 2014

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BTME PREVIEW 38 the Groundsman December 2014 Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions Looking forward to BTME 2015 It is time to look forward to BTME 2015 as bookings are made for the Continue to Learn education programme and four halls of the Harrogate International Centre prepare to feature more than a hundred exhibitors. The exhibition has also been boosted by the announcement that Jacobsen, John Deere and Toro have decided to exhibit between 20-22 January. In a move which acknowledges the importance of BTME in the turf management calendar, the three brands are set to take small-scale stands at January's event. They join over a hundred other exhibitors from across the industry covering course design, club management, drainage, fertilisers, machinery, landscaping, spraying and much more – reinforcing the message that a visit to BTME makes you a better turf manager. This also confirms that the thousands of expected visitors will be able to tour four halls with two main entrances when the exhibition opens on Tuesday 20 January. BIGGA CEO Jim Croxton said: "With our largest ever Continue to Learn programme already attracting hundreds of bookings and 3,000 delegates expected, I'm very confident the halls will again be buzzing with decision makers from every corner of the industry. "We are therefore delighted to welcome Jacobsen, John Deere and Toro to the exhibition. We believe strongly that the annual gathering of turf management professionals in the unique environment of Harrogate is a not to be missed event, and it's great that these companies have made the decision to support the event in this way. "Whilst their presence at the event will be low key, it's fantastic that they will be in attendance." Johnsons Sports Seed to showcase its strongest mixture line up Johnsons Sports Seed is all about consistently improving and setting new standards and at BTME 2015 the company will showcases its strongest mixture line up ever with 12 new mixture formulations, two completely new mixtures and the introduction of three new cultivars. Market leading brand Johnsons Sports Seed has undergone a complete review for 2015 to ensure grounds professionals have access to the highest quality grass mixtures to give the ultimate performance. The new cultivars feature high performance DLF fine fescues, like Beudin – a slender creeping red fescue that has received the highest possible rating for visual merit under independent trials - and the new No 1 rated chewings fescue Humboldt. For Sports Turf applications Johnsons leading renovation mixture, J Premier Pitch, sees the inclusion of the new cultivar Eurocordus to complete its all-star line-up. J Premier Pitch delivers an attractive colour, high shoot density, has exceptional disease resistance, great recovery, and exceptional wear tolerance making it a firm favourite with leading sports venues across the country. All Johnsons Sports turf mixtures are pre-coated with GroMax biostimulant and the most popular mixtures are also available with the patented iSeed nutrient coating, ensuring even better value from the top class Johnsons cultivars. A visit to stand A20 will not only be educational but also offer a chance to walk away with some Free NASA developed turf management equipment when placing advance orders. Limagrain UK to highlight seed mixtures Limagrain UK, one of world's largest seed companies, will be exhibiting at BTME 2015 on stand C39 where it will be showcasing its sports turf and wild flower mixtures including the market leading MM mixtures for golf greens, tees and fairways. No matter what the condition or requirements of the course, the extensive MM range has a solution for all. All of the mixtures have been thoroughly tested at the Sports Turf Research Institute (STRI). Also on show will be the company's other established brand of amenity grass - the widely popular Designer Range. Visitors to stand C39 will also be able to gain an insight into Limagrain's range of wildflower mixtures. Not only can they add attractive colours, but they also help to improve the biodiversity. IOG at BTME The IOG will be present at the show on Stand M12, Hall M

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