Winter Predictions

El Niño officially came to an end in early June, ending a period of unusually warm climatic conditions across North America. But don’t put away your shovel just yet. As we look forward to the upcoming winter season, the experts at NOAA are anticipating heavy snowfall and periods of bitter cold as a new La Niña system develops in the Pacific.

La Niña is the cool counterpart to El Niño and is characterized by unusually low ocean temperatures in the central and eastern equatorial Pacific. La Niña puts emphasis on the northern jet stream while weakening the southern jet stream, keeping moisture in the northern tier of the country.

“La Niña will bring its full impacts to the U.S. throughout the winter season,” said AccuWeather winter weather expert Paul Pastelok. “Colder-than-normal conditions are predicted to grip the northern Rockies and Plains over the late fall and into the winter, with some harsh spells at times. During the coldest periods in the winter, nighttime temperatures could drop into the minus 30 to minus 40-degree range.”

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As moisture gets trapped in the north-central Midwest by La Niña, the cold conditions could result in a winter with record snowfall.

This could be a good time to tune up your skis and give Perficut a call to handle the rest.

To learn more about our industry-leading snow and ice management services, click HERE.

For more information about La Niña visit: AccuWeather.com

LM150

PERFICUT LISTED ON “LM150” LIST OF TOP LANDSCAPING COMPANIES

LM150 list, published by national trade publication Landscape Management,

Represents the top 1 percent of landscape industry companies.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – June 24, 2016 – Perficut Companies has been named to the prestigious “LM150” list by the national trade publication Landscape Management. Perficut was the only company in Iowa to be recognized in the 2016 list which represents the top 1% of the landscape industry.

“Congratulations to Perficut Companies and all the companies on this year’s LM150 list,” said Marisa Palmieri, editor of Landscape Management. “The firms on this list represent the top 1% of the landscape industry. It’s an honor to be among them.”

“Perficut is honored to represent Iowa in the ‘LM150’ list”, said Kory Ballard, Perficut Co-owner and President.

“We are driven to be the best,” said Matt Boelman, Co-owner and Vice President, “and on our way to the top, it’s wonderful to be recognized by our industry.”

The landscape industry’s largest 150 revenue-generating firms logged a combined $9.4 billion in 2015 annual revenue – a 13% increase from last year’s list. Overall, LM150 companies averaged a 12% growth rate from 2014 to 2015.

 

ABOUT PERFICUT

Perficut is an industry-leading site management company dedicated to serving critical commercial sites such as hospitals and clinics, high traffic locations, and shipping centers. Perficut provides a wide variety of commercial services including snow and ice maintenance, commercial mowing and grounds maintenance, landscape construction, turf and tree health, commercial irrigation, storm water runoff, holiday lighting, and interiorscapes.

Ascochyta is Back

As temperatures are starting to rise and the summer solstice is upon us, our turf experts are noticing a rise in cases of Ascochyta in the region. Ascochyta is a grass fungus and form of leaf blight that impacts Kentucky bluegrass, ryegrass and tall fescue. Damaged grass appears yellow or bleached, and is particularly noticeable in the mower track. Damage often seems to occur overnight and those unfamiliar with the problem often believe that their lawn has been damaged by a herbicide or similar chemical.

The Ascochyta fungus grows during wet conditions with lots of rain. During wet periods, the fungus spores spread throughout the lawn. Then as temperatures rise, the fungus quickly damages the stressed grass plant.

This year, our turf experts have been seeing damage for the last several weeks. Corporate sites with large, unshaded areas and uncovered athletic fields are particularly vulnerable. Residential sites are also being impacted but only in full sun areas.

The bad news is that there is no current treatment for Ascochyta. The good news is that impacted grasses typically recovers on theirown, with even severely damaged areas making a full recovery in three to four weeks. Raising the mower deck during your next mow may reduce the spread of the fungus while the grass plant works to recover.

For lawns that haven’t yet been impacted, continuing with a comprehensive turf health plan is the best prevention.  A lawn that has been properly watered (with about an inch of moisture per week) and properly fed (with a balanced lawn application program) will be less susceptible to stress and will give your grass plant the best opportunity to continue to thrive during the difficult summer months.

If you have any questions about the health of your residential lawn or commercial site, don’t hesitate to reach out to our turf professionals for a free inspection by clicking HERE.

Mission Possible

In the post Maytag-era, Kim Didier and the team at DMACC Business Resources are investing in the future through a creative approach to economic development.

STORY BY NICK TAYLOR  |  IMAGES BY PHILLIP HARDER AND CHARLIE WITTMACK

Kim Didier moved home to Iowa 17 years ago with an infant in arms, a husband in tow and a new masters degree framed and ready to hang.  The gig that prompted the move from Indianapolis was a leadership role with the City of Newton, supporting employment at the City’s biggest employer, Maytag.  As she and her husband drove west, back to the arms of friends and family, life was full of possibility. Continue reading "Mission Possible"

The Great American Tracker

When Josh Hyde looks to the future, he's facing west.

STORY BY NICK TAYLOR | IMAGES BY PHILLIP HARDER

There is an age-old axiom that truly great hunters are born, not raised.  Perhaps it’s based on evolution.  Perhaps it’s something deeper.  If you arrive at a public game preserve on opening day and ask the individuals assembled what it is that sets the truly great hunters apart, they’ll quickly raise the issue of instinct.

“Instincts aren’t taught,” Josh Hyde recently told me.  “They are woven into your DNA - becoming part of you even before your heart and lungs are formed.”

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The Hall of Laureates

STORY BY EMMA LOCKWOOD | IMAGES BY NOLAN KRESNAK

By the mid-20th century, mass famine was imminent in certain regions of the world. In an effort to curb this pandemic, Iowan, Norman Borlaug, pioneered the introduction of a new variety of high-yielding, disease-resistant wheat. The increase in food production that resulted has been labeled the “Green Revolution” and Borlaug is often credited with saving a billion people from starvation.

Borlaug was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1970 in recognition of his contributions to world peace through increasing food supply. He was subsequently also awarded the US Presidential Medal of Freedom and the Congressional Gold Medal, becoming one of only three Americans to ever have received these three highest honors.

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Perficut Awarded “Top 100”

PERFICUT NAMED A “TOP 100” LANDSCAPING COMPANY

The Prestigious List Showcases the Largest Firms in North America.

VALLEY VIEW, Ohio – Perficut Companies has been named a “Top 100” Landscaping Company in North America by Lawn & Landscape magazine. Perficut was the only company in Iowa to be recognized in the 2015 Lawn & Landscape Top 100 list, which was published in May and sponsored by Toro.

“Our Top 100 list includes some of the best and brightest leaders in the landscape industry,” says Lawn & Landscape Editor and Associate Publisher Chuck Bowen. “These companies have achieved a level of growth that very few others can claim.”

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Our Worst Customer

THE STORY ON HOW PERFICUT’S DRIVE TO BE THE BEST RESULTED IN THE COMPANY DECIDING TO BECOME IT’S OWN WORST CUSTOMER – SO THAT AN ACTUAL CLIENT NEVER WOULD.
It’s 4:15 in the morning and Kory Ballard is behind the wheel of his truck tracking his route across central Iowa. With his usual modesty, Ballard describes the conditions as “full” – which is a nice way of saying terrible. The temperature has dropped below zero and snow is falling at a rate of more than an inch per hour. The city streets haven’t been plowed but he doesn’t seem to notice. He has a hunter’s focus and hunters don’t waste time taking note of the shortcomings of others.

A smart phone has been set in the console next to him. It’s a simple device, but the key to what’s unfolding. The phone has been loaded with site maps and snow plans, and is linked together with 250 other Perficut employees and service providers who are entering data, recording photographs, and reporting on their progress in real-time as the storm is unfolding.

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