Research

Soil-moisture map (Photo: Chase Straw)

Golf course soil-moisture mapping

Golf course superintendents often irrigate fairways based on a feeling. However, using objective data to create soil-moisture maps of golf course fairways — as well as taking advantage of valve-in-head control — can significantly reduce water consumption by programming irrigation ...

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Poa annua (Photo: FMC Corp.)

Experts’ Insights: Poa no more-a

November 7, 2019 By
“There’s no easy question concerning Poa annua,” says Jay McCurdy, turfgrass Extension specialist at Mississippi State University. Poa annua, also known as annual bluegrass, is a grassy weed that’s sometimes used as a putting or playing surface in certain parts ...

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Effect of FeSO4 and lightweight rolling on dollar spot suppression. (Photo: Travis Roberson)

Iron sulfate and lightweight rolling for dollar spot

Dollar spot (Clarireedia spp.) is one of the most damaging turfgrass diseases worldwide. Superintendents routinely apply a wide variety of broad spectrum and site-specific fungicides to suppress dollar spot, but there are increasing alternatives to traditional fungicides employed for dollar ...

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Fertilization (Photo: Golfdom Files)

Experts’ Insights: Fall fertilization frenzy

October 7, 2019 By
One of the keys to healthy grass in the spring is to make sure it’s in good health before going dormant in the fall. One way to ensure this is to implement a fall fertilization program. Fall fertilization improves plant ...

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(Photo: Bill Kreuser)

Prevent winter desiccation on creeping bentgrass

September 17, 2019 By
Winter injury from desiccation is a leading cause of turf loss across the northern and central Great Plains. Desiccation occurs whenever turfgrass water loss exceeds its ability to acquire water from the soil. Desiccation can happen at any time of ...

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Fall broadleaf weed control in cool-season turf

September 17, 2019 By
Dave Gardner, Ph.D., is a turfgrass scientist at The Ohio State University. Dave has conducted numerous weed management and control research projects to help superintendents achieve effective broadleaf weed control. You may reach Dave at gardner.254@osu.edu for more information. Why ...

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