E D U C A T I O N | R E S E A R C H | E X T E N S I O N
Thank you to Jesse Sholl and the staff at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center for all they did to make this one of the most successful Field Days to date.
Golf 1. Disease Management for Golf Courses
Nancy Dykema and Dr. J. M. Vargas, Jr.
Dollar Spot Management
Summer Stress in Turfgrass
Lawn and Athletic Fields 7. Turfgrass Weed Research
Golf 2. The Effects of Soil Test Philosophy Recommendations on Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass
Lawn & Athletic Fields 8. Disease Management in Lawns and Athletic Fields
Golf 3. Abiotic Stress Physiology of Putting Green Species
Lawn & Athletic Fields 9. The Long-Term Effect of Irrigation and Fertilizer Programs on Different Turfgrass Species
Golf 4. Racecourse Athletic Field Systems, and Golf Ball Reaction and Soil Strength Studies
Lawn & Athletic Fields 10, Golf 5. Outbreaks of Japanese Beetle Decline in Southern Michigan Due to Biological Control While Populations Increase in Northern Michigan
Golf 6. Turfgrass Weed Research
Highlights from the Afternoon Workshops:
2021 Turfgrass Field Day
7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:45 AM Opening Comments
9:00 AM Morning research tours begin
11:00 AM Catered lunch by Gravity Smokehouse and BBQ
12:00 PM Afternoon workshops/field tours begin
2:00 PM Afternoon workshops/field tours conclude
4 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available.
2 credits for 3A, 6, or Comm. Core for the morning tour and
2 credits for 3A, 6, or Comm. Core for the afternoon tours.
Morning Research Tours
Note: There are separate tours for Golf and Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Fields.
Golf Research Tour
(2 MDARD pest. re-certification credits; .20 GCSAA Education pts)
Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Field Tour (2 MDARD pest. recert credits)
1. Weed Walk (2 MDARD pest. recert credits; .20 GCSAA Education pts) limited to 60 registrants
As the weed walk enters its 22nd year, the summer of 2021 has produced another bumper crop of weeds infesting turf. Dr. Thom Nikolai will lead the tour of the turf center and teach identification characteristics of the common turf weeds and the best control practices. Tour will include discussion of best management practices both with and without herbicides to ensure high turfgrass quality and most importantly customer satisfaction.
2. Disease Walk (primarily golf turf diseases) (2 MDARD pest. recert credits; .20 GCSAA Education pts) Note: Limited to 60 registrants
Dr. Vargas and and the turf pathology research team will lead this diagnostic tour for pathogens at the turf center. If you have difficulty distinguishing between Laetisaria fuciformis and Limnomyces roseipellis on your golf course you definitely need to attend this workshop. Participants will learn:
3. Dean and Marilyn Look MSU Golf Training Grounds (2 MDARD pest. recert credits) limited to 50 registrants
The Dean and Marilyn Look Training Grounds was recently constructed and established adjacent to the Forest Akers West golf course. Designed by Golf Architects Paul Albanese & Chris Lutzke , it will serve as the practice area for the MSU Men and Women’s golf teams. Come take a tour of the new facility to learn about turfgrass selection and establishment protocols and the architectural design with Ron Lewis, Dr. Trey Rogers, and Paul Albanese.
A look back at last year's Virtual Field Day:
Hancock Turfgrass Research October 3, 2020
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