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About Mike Kenna, Ph.D.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D., is the retired director of research, USGA Green Section. Contact him at

Posts by Mike Kenna, Ph.D.

Off the Record: Oklahoma’s bermudagrass connection Posted on 06 Jan 2022 in the Columns & Current Issue & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D., presents a turfgrass research and extension history of Oklahoma State University and bermudagrass to celebrate the past 75 years. Read more»

A look at bermudagrass trials and spring greenup Posted on 03 Jan 2022 in the Current Issue & From the Magazine & Research categories.

The National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP) started a new seeded and vegetative bermudagrass trial in 2019. One of the northernmost and coldest locations, Wichita, Kan., is the Kansas State University Read more»

Proposed bill puts golf under attack in California Posted on 11 Nov 2021 in the Columns & Featured & From the Magazine categories.

Mike Kenna, Ph.D. explains the benefits golf courses in communities in the wake of a proposed bill that would eliminate courses in favor of public housing. Read more»

Super Science Intro: Soil moisture sensor irrigation in Southern California Posted on 02 Nov 2021 in the From the Magazine & Research categories.

Researchers evaluated SMS systems to reduce the number of irrigation cycles or water applied while maintaining acceptable turfgrass quality. Read more»

Why golf courses should go back to nature Posted on 19 Oct 2021 in the Featured & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Mike Kenna shares ways golf courses can keep and maintain out-of-play areas thanks to the results of several environmental studies. Read more»

Super Science: Weed control in fine fescue rough Posted on 29 Sep 2021 in the Columns & From the Magazine & Research categories.

Weed control for naturalized areas on golf courses can be difficult without the application of herbicides. Read more»