Early Order Program Guide

By and |  October 16, 2015 0 Comments

How early order programs benefit your course and the industry

From course to course, challenges differ. Even courses that border each other have unique challenges despite their close proximity.

The importance of maximizing maintenance dollars, however, might be the one universal commonality of the industry.

Sure, early order programs aren’t for everyone, but they are for most. In a recent Golfdom survey, 80 percent of readers reported they participated in EOPs. For many of the superintendents we talked to, the money saved by EOPs allows them to do more in other areas of the course.

Or, as Jeffrey Nabozney, superintendent at Cedar River Golf Course in Bellaire, Mich., deftly puts it, “I want to get the best value for my course and have every working chemistry at my fingertips.”

Hence the importance of providing readers with information on how EOPs can help them and details on several unique programs in the industry.

This supplement, now in its second year, would not be possible without the support of its sponsors: Syngenta, FMC, Quali-Pro, NuFarm and BASF. Each of these companies shares their specific early order program offerings in this guide.

Our guide to EOPs is at your fingertips. Let the savings begin.

Program Spotlight

Syngenta FMC Quali-Pro Nufarm BASF

The Early Bird

It’s October, and all over the country manufacturer’s sales reps and chemical distribution marketing teams are jumping into their cars and heading down the highway to see you, the golf course superintendent, the most important person in the product supply chain.

They’re coming to consult with you on their early order programs (EOPs), incentive buying programs that offer deep discounts off the price of fertilizer and other chemicals, if they’re purchased in autumn rather than in the spring. If you buy now and buy enough, they’ll probably throw in an option that lets you pay for the product in installments or upon delivery, if the numbers make sense. They might even offer you free delivery or cash rebates if you commit to enough product to last you through the 2016 growing season.

Yes, it’s true. You, as the decision-making, product-buying, early-order-placing superintendent, have the power to impact more than just the inventory of fertilizers, herbicides and other chemicals at your golf course. You also have the ability to impact the entire golf industry — everyone from raw materials suppliers to manufacturers to sales reps, and even truck drivers who deliver the product to you, just by ordering early now in the fall rather than waiting until the spring when you’ll actually use the products.

You might think that as one individual your order probably wouldn’t make much of a ripple in the overall golf industry economic outlook. But as an influential group spending at least some percentage of your budget in the fall, superintendents have the heft to greatly sway how the industry plans its product production schedules and inventory management for the coming year.

“Anytime I can take variation out of the supply chain, we have lower costs and everyone benefits,” explains David Closs, Ph.D., chairperson of the Department of Supply Chain Management at Michigan State University in East Lansing. “The supplier of raw materials has a level demand, certainly the manufacturer benefits because he doesn’t have to have the capacity for (sales) surges, and the superintendent or owner can benefit because they get a lower cost. They will also get better service because the stuff will be there when they need it.”

Chemistry at your fingertips

Having the product in the barn when he needs it is one of the big reasons why Rich Balsimo, superintendent at Houston Oaks Golf Course in Paris, Ky., spends the majority of his chemical budget on early order programs through his distributor, Harrell’s.

“To have the product on hand is beneficial. With this past season, May was very dry. It was a perfect month. Temperatures were great and everything went according to plan,” Balsimo says. “Then we went into June. Temperatures picked up a little bit and it rained every single day. I actually pulled my July 4th ‘silver bullet’ spray and had to spray it in early June. By having that product on hand, I was able to change my schedule around.”

With a chemical and fertilizer budget of between $110,000 and $115,000 for his 18-hole course grassed tee-to-green with disease-prone bentgrass, Balsimo estimates he spends nearly 99 percent of his budget for the year on early order. In return, his club receives significant discounts plus big rebates that total between $8,000 and $10,000 per year. Points programs through Syngenta and Harrell’s in-house brands net the club another $3,600 in jackets for the crew as well as gift cards the club uses to buy incidentals and equipment. He also is able to pay the invoice over three payments in May, June and July when the club is producing revenue, even though he takes delivery of the product in late March and into April.

Jeffrey Nabozney is the superintendent at Cedar River Golf Course, one of four golf courses at Shanty Creek Resort in Bellaire, Mich. Although all four superintendents at the resort manage four distinct budgets, Nabozney says he negotiates a group discount through three different distributors offering early order programs.

Nabozney estimates that the four courses save 20 percent on their chemical budgets. They pay their invoices on terms, with payments split over three installments. They all take delivery at the same time before April 30.

“I want to get the best value for my course and have every working chemistry at my fingertips,” Nabozney says.

Greg Nicoll, vice president of sales and marketing for Harrell’s, says “90 percent of our end users participate in some shape or form” in an early order program and can save “10 percent to 30 percent” on their chemical and fertilizer budgets. Nicoll says the distributor offers early order programs from companies such as Syngenta, Bayer, BASF, Dow Chemical, FMC, Nufarm, PBI Gordon, SePro, Aqua-Aid and others. On average, nationwide, a Harrell’s golf course customer orders between 30 percent and 60 percent of his/her overall chemistry budget during the early order period.

With this much volume being ordered at one time, Nicoll says it’s critical for superintendents to plan their orders carefully. Harrell’s reps track sales for their customers and can produce logs going back many years to help superintendents track trends.

Reducing stress

At Pleasant Valley Country Club, a nine-hole course in West Liberty, Ky., Ryan Gevedon relies heavily on his spray logs to prepare his early order purchases.

“Based on the previous spray logs and what I’ve seen, I am able to predict what I’ll need. Most will cover general diseases — dollar spot, brown patch and that kind of thing. I’m able to predict that. It’s going to happen, so basically I’m going back into the book. I know what we’re going to see and what chemicals we’re going to need to take care of that disease,” says Gevedon, who serves as GM, head golf professional and superintendent at Pleasant Valley.

Because he wears three hats, Gevedon looks at the early order program for his course from three different perspectives. As head golf pro, he says, “you want your course to be in good shape” for playability. As a general manager, he looks at the EOP as a way to save money on the budget. And as a superintendent, he says, “saving that money will allow you to do extra things on the golf course to grow your membership and make existing members happier.”

Participating in the early order program, while time consuming, also can set up a club for success the following season.

Pleasant Valley spends just shy of $20,000 a year on chemicals and saves about $5,000 a year by ordering early, Gevedon says. To big clubs, $5,000 might be a nice bit of pocket change. But to a small club that operates on close margins, saving $5,000, Gevedon says, could mean the difference between “being open for another year or going into the hole and having to go get donations. That $5,000 can mean you’re sitting pretty going into the next year.”

However, EOPs can save superintendents more than just money. They can also save time down the road.

“It forces you to sit down and kind of look back on what the season was and make a plan for the next season,” Balsimo says. “I try to plan as much as possible with everything, but once the season gets going it’s pretty tough to sit down in the office and collect your thoughts or spend any time in here trying to figure things out. If all that’s done ahead of time when the season’s slow, that takes a big burden off of you (instead of) when you’re scatterbrained trying to find a plan.”

In the end, Closs says, EOPs help superintendents reduce their stress level when it comes to chemical purchases.

“It’s beneficial because I’ve locked in a price and I’ve locked in a quantity, so I can take that risk off the table. I own it so I don’t have a problem of maybe it won’t be available or it won’t get delivered. I’ve reduced my uncertainty, and in many cases I’ve reduced my price. The big things are uncertainty and price and risk — it reduces all of those.”

EOP goes social

We asked superintendents on Facebook to weigh in on early order programs. Here are a few replies.

“I live by it. I like having my chemicals in the barn. Less to worry about in season when my focus is on the members and battling summer stress, not on how much it costs.”

— Ryan Emerson, superintendent
Foxland Harbor G&CC, Gallatin, Tenn.

“I can’t remember the last time I didn’t early order. There are always great specials when you order above a certain amount of chemical. I also order all of my snow mold product for the current year during early order. Definitely save there. And it sure is nice when that Harrell’s truck arrives in April with all my products for the season.”

— Michael Salinetti, superintendent
Cold Spring CC, Belchertown, Mass.

“(EOPs) a great way to reduce your total chemical and fertilizer budget so you can buy more product to make the course better, but it has to fit into your programs, so don’t buy what you don’t need just to save money. I think that all EOPs are evolving to each region, as they should. It’s essential we find ways to produce a better product for less.”

— Scott Corwin, director of grounds
The Renaissance Vinoy Resort and GC, St. Petersburg, Fla.

Syngenta’s GreenTrust 365

GreenTrust 365 gives you more purchasing power than other programs. With the broadest portfolio of branded products, you have several ways to maximize your yearlong rebate and protect your course with confidence, all year long. Just make your purchases during the Early Order Period from October 1, 2015, to December 7, 2015. Now you can capitalize more than ever on all these program benefits:

Yearlong Rebates

Lock in a yearlong rebate by spending a minimum of $5,000 on Qualifying Products during the Early Order Period. Your yearlong rebate is valid for all purchases of Qualifying Products made during the Program Year: October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016. The more you order, the more you save—and rebates can be as high as 10%.
Savings Snapshot—Your yearlong rebate ranges from 5% all the way up to 10%. This percentage is determined by the dollar value of Qualifying Products purchased during the Early Order Period.

GreenTrust Rewards

Earn more GreenTrust Rewards than ever. Every dollar spent in October earns triple points. Plus, you can earn up to an additional 30,000 GreenTrust Rewards Points through the Spotlight Brand Points Bonus and the Acelepryn® insecticide Points Bonus.


Keep your cash flow in check by deferring payment until July 6, 2016. All you need to do is order Qualifying Products by December 7, 2015.
Pallet Solutions
Apply intelligently with the right mix of products for almost any facet of your agronomic program. You can save up to 25% from a selection of 11 different Pallet Solutions, making it easy to meet your minimum order requirement on Qualifying Products.


Save even more on complementary products delivered in convenient multipaks.

Product Assurances

Protect your course with confidence through expert application recommendations and performance guarantees.

Calculate Your Savings

Maximize your purchasing power and save time with our easy-to-use calculators that help you determine your best product order. elect the calculator type that works best for you and your early order planning. Calculators include: Agronomic Pro, Savings Plus, Basic Savings.

Deadline: December 7, 2015
Website: GreenTrust365/Golf | @SyngentaTurf | #SmartTurfPlan

2015 FMC Early Order Program

Now is the time to earn significant savings and benefit from extended terms on many of FMC’s most popular turf and ornamental products! The FMC 2015 Early Order Program runs from October 1, 2015 through December 11, 2015, allowing participants to purchase products at current pricing but defer payment for select qualifying FMC products until June 24, 2016.

By purchasing during the month of October, participants qualify for an early incentive that offers an additional rebate of up to 40% more than the base rebate for qualifying products. The base rebate is still also in November and December, too.

Popular FMC products included in the program are new Fame™ fungicides — including Fame SC, Fame Granular, Fame +C and Fame +T — as well as Xonerate®, Dismiss®, Dismiss® South, Dismiss® CA, Blindside®, Echelon®, Solitare®, QuickSilver® and SquareOne® herbicides. Also included are popular Triple Crown®, OnyxPro®, Aria® and Talstar® insecticides.*

The more you buy, the more you earn! FMC 2015 Early Order Program rebates range from 5-25% during the Early Order Program Period. Participating professionals must earn a rebate minimum of $200 on FMC Early Order Program products to qualify for rebates. After purchasing, simply submit a rebate form online at www.fmceop.com no later than January 16, 2015.

According to FMC Program Manager Trent Bradford, “The FMC 2015 Early Order Program offers great flexibility while capitalizing on the full FMC portfolio of turf and ornamental solutions. Early planning gets your season off to a good start. Get a jump start on 2016 now with the FMC Early Order Program.”

Always read and follow label directions. FMC, Fame, Blindside, Dismiss, Echelon, QuickSilver, Solitare, SquareOne, OnyxPro, Talstar and Triple Crown are trademarks of FMC Corporation. Aria is a trademark of Ishihara Sangyo Kaisha, Ltd. Xonerate is a registered trademark of Arysta LifeScience North America, LLC. © 2015 FMC Corporation. All rights reserved.

*OnyxPro insecticide, Triple Crown Golf insecticide and Talstar Select insecticide are Restricted Use Products.

Deadline: December 1, 2015
Website: fmceop.com

Quali-Pro Releases Early Order Programs

Start next season off with these great end-user programs from Quali-Pro of Control Solutions Inc. Some conditions and restrictions apply. To see a list of all of Quali-Pro’s end-user programs and download redemption forms, visit www.quali-pro.com/promotions.

2DQ – powerful three-way herbicide for broadleaf weed control on warm and cool season turfgrasses.
⦁ Buy 5 cases of 1 or 2.5 gallon, get 1 CASE FREE!
⦁ Buy 10 cases of 1 or 2.5 gallon, get 3 CASES FREE!

Enclave® – broad spectrum fungicide with Quad-Control Technology for turfgrass and ornamentals.
⦁ Buy 2 cases of 2.5 gallon, get a $100 GIFT CARD!
⦁ Buy 5 cases of 2.5 gallon, get 1 CASE FREE!

Enclave® and Foursome® – powerful three-way herbicide combined with our unique pigment additive for broadleaf weed control.
⦁ Buy 2 cases of 2.5 gallon Enclave® plus 1 case of Foursome®, get 1 CASE OF ENCLAVE® FREE!

Strobe® 2L – broad-spectrum, liquid azoxystrobin fungicide with protectant, curative, eradicant and systemic properties.
⦁ Buy 2 cases of 1 gallon, get a $100 GIFT CARD!
⦁ Buy 5 cases of 1 gallon, get 1 CASE FREE!

Strobe® 50WG – broad-spectrum, wettable granule azoxystrobin fungicide with protectant, curative, eradicant and systemic properties.
⦁ Buy 2 cases of 6 pound, get a $400 GIFT CARD!
⦁ Buy 5 cases of 6 pound, get 1 CASE FREE!
⦁ Buy 2 cases of 1 pound, get a $150 GIFT CARD!
⦁ Buy 5 cases of 1 pound, get 1 CASE FREE!

Strobe® T – Azoxystrobin and Tebuconazole in a suspension concentrate product with multiple modes of action.
⦁ Buy 2 cases of 1 gallon, get a $100 GIFT CARD!
⦁ Buy 5 cases of 1 gallon, get 1 CASE FREE!

Deadline: November 20, 2015, to order, January 15, 2016, to redeem
Website: quali-pro.com


Nufarm Turf End User Rewards 2016

Maximize profit and reach your potential faster with the 2016 Nufarm End User Rewards program. With the innovative and diverse Nufarm product portfolio, you’ll have the best chance of reaching your business goals. And with our rewards for ordering early, you’ll maximize profit and get there faster. To earn big rewards in the form of distributor credits, qualify by March 1, 2016. To earn even bigger rewards, qualify by October 31, 2015. Register at nufarmrewards.com or contact your authorized Nufarm distributor for a list of eligible products and programs. Online registration is required to receive rewards.

Deadline: October 31, 2015 & March 1, 2016
Website: nufarmrewards.com



ProDeuce® $3.00/gal $2.00/gal
Razor Burn® $3.00/gal $2.00/gal
4-Speed® XT $4.00/gal $3.00/gal
BroadStar™ $0.09/lb $0.05/lb
Change Up™ $5.00/gal $3.00/gal
Cool Power® $3.00/gal $2.00/gal
Elliptical™ $5.00/gal $3.00/gal
Envoy Plus® $5.00/gal $3.00/gal
Escalade® 2 $5.00/gal $3.00/gal
Horsepower® $3.00/gal $2.00/gal
Last Call™ $20.00/gal $12.00/gal
Manor® $15.00/lb $10.00/lb
Millennium Ultra™ 2 $5.00/gal $3.00/gal
Prosedge™ 2 $2.25/oz $1.50/oz
Quincept® $4.50/gal $2.50/gal
SureGuard® $11.00/lb $6.00/lb
Triamine® $1.50/gal $0.75/gal
Triamine® Jet-Spray $0.50/can $0.30/can
Triplet® Low Odor $2.00/gal $1.00/gal
Velocity® $20.00/lb $12.00/lb
26/36® $8.00/gal $4.00/gal
3336® DG Lite $0.08/lb $0.05/lb
3336® EG $1.00/lb $0.75/lb
3336® F $12.00/gal $8.00/gal
3336® WP $0.50/lb $0.35/lb
Adorn® $12.00/qt $7.00/qt
Affirm™ WDG $7.00/lb $4.00/lb
Alude™ $10.00/gal $6.00/gal
Cuproxat® $15.00/gal $10.00/gal
Emblem™ $15.00/pt $10.00/pt
Spectro® 90 WDG $1.00/lb $0.80/lb
Stellar® $22.00/btl $12.00/btl
Strider™ $3.00/gal $2.00/gal
Torque™ $10.00/gal $6.00/gal
Tourney® $30.00/lb $20.00/lb
Aloft® G $0.11/lb $0.06/lb
Aloft® SC $45.00/gal $25.00/gal
Arena® 0.25 G $0.09/lb $0.05/lb
Arena® 50 WDG $11.00/lb $6.00/lb
DiPel® Pro $1.00/lb $0.60/lb
Distance® IGR $9.00/qt $5.00/qt
Distance® Fire Ant Bait $0.30/lb $0.20/lb
Gnatrol® $1.00/lb $0.70/lb
Minx™ $20.00/gal $15.00/gal
Overture® $4.00/lb $2.50/lb
Safari® 20 SG $10.00/lb $6.00/lb
Tame® 2.4 EC Spray $5.00/qt $3.00/qt
TetraSan® 5 WDG $0.44/ea $0.26/ea
TriStar® 8.5 SL $35.00/gal $20.00/gal
Anuew™ $7.00/lb $4.00/lb
Fascination® $9.00/gal $5.00/gal
ProGibb® $2.50/qt $1.50/qt
RiteWay® $15.00/gal $10.00/gal
Sumagic® $15.00/gal $10.00/gal
Verve™ $7.00/gal $4.00/gal
Clipper® (4×1 lb only) $4.00/lb $2.50/lb

BASF 2016 Early Order Program

The BASF Early Order Program for 2016 makes it easy to order and save on products that ensure healthier, more beautiful turf for the coming year. All the popular features of last year’s program are back: the $1,500 rebate level, 10% discounts on all cubes, and savings on our most innovative fungicides.
To get ahead of the game, order and save now to ensure more playable turf for 2016. EOP is as simple as 1-2-3.

  1. Plan your purchase early for maximum savings. Earn up to 33% more in rebate dollars by ordering in October when rebate levels are highest. Rebates start when you spend $1,500. Order early, but pay nothing until June 2016.
  2. Order specially designed product cubes, which deliver convenience and 10% instant savings. Each cube provides a combination of products selected to address your specific needs and course conditions.
  3. Order our most innovative fungicides,

Lexicon® Intrinsic® brand fungicide or Xzemplar® fungicide, and boost your rebate an additional 1% on your entire order.

This year’s program also features the new EOP Order Planner, which makes it easy to prepare your order and calculate your rebate. It also converts cube and individual product selections to the number of applications and acres covered, helping to ensure you have the products you need in 2016. When you’re ready, you can print or email the form to your DSR.

Visit betterturf.basf.us/eop for complete EOP information, including product information, video testimonials, electronic copies of everything in this mailing, and the new EOP Order Planner.

Deadline: December 11, 2105
Website: betterturf.basf.us/eop

Post a Comment