Research

$3 million allocated for turfgrass research

January 17, 2020 By
The USDA-Agricultural Research Service (ARS) received $3,000,000 in new funding for federal turfgrass research in the FY20 Federal Appropriations bill. This is a 400-percent increase from $1,000,000 annually. This new funding is allocated for research in turfgrass genomics, water-efficient grasses ...

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Overseeded golf course (Photo: Brian Whitlark, USGA)

Heed the overseed

January 14, 2020 By
Typically performed in October, overseeding is the planting of seed directly into existing turf. It serves as a way to help keep grass looking healthy. “Overseeding is driven by golfer preference. Golfers in many markets want to play on vibrant, ...

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Dollar spot injury (Photo: Cole Thompson)

Dollar spot susceptibility on bentgrass

January 9, 2020 By
Ask a fellow superintendent to list the top 10 problems that influence his or her agronomic programing. Contrary to the classic David Letterman style of beginning at the bottom of the list, I would wager that you could predict the ...

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A new-employee training system

January 9, 2020 By and
New employees are part of the staff at most golf courses, and getting them up to speed quickly is essential for an efficient operation. We have developed procedures over the years to help new employees become productive as soon as ...

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Experts’ Insights: Winter Injury

January 9, 2020 By and
Winter injury in turfgrass actually is a catchall term for several different causes, according to Karl Danneberger, Ph.D., professor of turfgrass at The Ohio State University. These causes can include freeze injury, winter desiccation, winter diseases and low-temperature kill. It’s ...

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Creeping bentgrass growing in cone-tainers. (Photo: Wendell Hutchins)

Help your fungicide with post-application irrigation

All turfgrass species can be devastated by crown- and root-infecting pathogens. Diseases such as summer patch (Magnaporthiopsis poae), spring dead spot (Ophiosphaerella spp.) and Pythium root rot (Pythium spp.) can decimate turfgrass stands. Cultural management practices are often employed to ...

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