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Upcoming events

    • 22 Dec 2020
    • 9:00 AM (EST)
    • 31 Dec 2021
    • (EST)

    • 11 Aug 2021
    • 8:00 AM - 2:00 PM (EDT)
    • Hancock Turfgrass Research Center

    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)

    Topics/Stops include:

    •  Disease management strategies for golf turfDr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and his research team will discuss fungicide and cultural practice recommendations for controlling dollar spot, crown rot anthracnose, foliar anthracnose, brown patch, and summer stress syndrome.
    • Effects of different soil testing interpretation philosophies on turfgrass performance – Jackie Guevara and Dr. Kevin Frank will discuss how different soil testing philosophies affect nutrient rate recommendations, turfgrass performance, and soil nutrient concentrations.
    • Cold acclimation, winterkill, and ice encasement – Dr. Emily Merewitz and her research team will discuss the most recent research efforts to understand the factors that cause winterkill from ice encasement and how plant growth regulators and fungicides might mitigate winterkill.
    • Golf ball reaction and soil strength study – Dr. Trey Rogers’ research team will discuss research to determine golf ball reaction from simulated inbound golf shots on various rootzone mixtures, turfgrass species and mowing heights.
    • Herbicide and plant growth regulators research – Dr. Thom Nikolai will present research on burn down herbicides, PGRs for annual bluegrass control on greens and fairways, and PGRs impact on green speed.  
    • Changes in Japanese beetle damage on golf courses in Michigan – Dr. David Smitley will discuss Japanese beetle damage, cultural and insecticide recommendations for golf courses.

    Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Field Tour (2 MDARD pest. recert credits)

    Topics/Stops include:

    • Changes in distribution of Japanese beetle and European chafer damage to lawns in Michigan – Dr. David Smitley will discuss insecticide and cultural control options for European chafer and Japanese beetle throughout Michigan.
    • Weed control strategies for lawns and athletic fields – Dr. Thom Nikolai will pre and postemergence crabgrass control, postemergence broadleaf weed control, burn down herbicide options, and non-pesticide control of crabgrass.
    • Fertilizer programming, nutrient fate, and Kentucky bluegrass cultivar evaluations – Dr. Kevin Frank will lead discussion on turfgrass fertilization programs, potential water quality risks from applications, and the NTEP Kentucky bluegrass test, and A-LIST Kentucky bluegrass test.
    • Identification and management of lawn grass diseases - Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and his research team will discuss common lawn diseases such as red thread, dollar spot, rust, and brown patch. Fungicide recommendations and the effect of cultural practices such as irrigation and cultivation will be discussed.

    Afternoon Workshops/Tours

    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:

    • 1)    How to identify the common turfgrass diseases using both in-field techniques and microscopes
    • 2)    Management options for common diseases including: dollar spot, brown patch, crown-rotting anthracnose, red thread, and pythium blight and root-rot.
    • 3)    How to recognize the symptoms of summer decline of both bentgrass and Poa annua

    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

Past events

23 Jun 2021 2021 LaFontaine Graduate Student Assistantship Golf Outing
01 Dec 2020 2020 Michigan State - Virtual Turf School Support Opportunities
17 Sep 2020 2020 LaFontaine Graduate Student Assistantship Golf Outing
08 Jan 2020 2020 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Halftime Show
07 Jan 2020 Founders Society Reception 2020
07 Jan 2020 2020 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
14 Aug 2019 2019 Michigan State Turfgrass Field Day
20 Jun 2019 2019 LaFontaine Golf Outing
28 Apr 2019 2019 Tee Times 4 Turf Auction
25 Mar 2019 Tee Times 4 Turf Donation Signup
06 Feb 2019 MiGCSA Michigan Gathering
02 Feb 2019 Golf Industry Show
23 Jan 2019 2019 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Halftime Show
23 Jan 2019 Past Presidents Luncheon 2019
22 Jan 2019 Founders Society Reception 2019
22 Jan 2019 2019 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
22 Jan 2019 2019 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
22 Jan 2019 MiGCSA Annual Meeting
11 Jan 2019 MiGCSA Curling Fundraiser for Ice Research
14 Dec 2018 MiGCSA Mid Holiday Party
07 Dec 2018 MiGCSA West Holiday Party
06 Dec 2018 MiGCSA Northern Holiday Party
30 Nov 2018 MiGCSA Detroit Holiday Party
08 Oct 2018 MiGCSA The Big Event
17 Sep 2018 MiGCSA Western Golf Day
07 Sep 2018 MiGCSA Assistant & Student Networking Golf Outing
29 Aug 2018 MIiGCSA State Championship
15 Aug 2018 2018 Michigan State Turfgrass Field Day
25 Jul 2018 MIiGCSA Tuck Tate Championship
24 Jul 2018 MIiGCSA Par 3 Shootout
12 Jul 2018 MIiGCSA Mid Golf Event
21 Jun 2018 2018 LaFontaine Golf Outing
07 Jun 2018 MIiGCSA Legislative Golf Day
04 Jun 2018 MIiGCSA Northern Fundraiser
03 Jun 2018 MIiGCSA Northern Fundraiser Practice Round
02 Jun 2018 Gordie LaFontaine Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Golf Outing & Induction Ceremony
14 May 2018 MIiGCSA/ Wee One Fundraiser
30 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA Can-Am Tournament
17 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Opener
01 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA 2018 Match Play Championship Opens
01 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA The Michigan House at the Masters
01 Apr 2018 Tee Times 4 Turf Donation Signup
29 Mar 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Management Meeting
15 Mar 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Management Meeting
01 Mar 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Management Meeting
04 Jan 2018 Past Presidents Luncheon 2018
03 Jan 2018 Founders Society Reception 2018
03 Jan 2018 2018 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
16 Aug 2017 2017 Michigan State Turfgrass Field Day
22 Jun 2017 2017 LaFontaine Golf Outing
03 Jun 2017 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Induction
30 Apr 2017 2017 Tee Times 4 Turf Auction
04 Jan 2017 Two Year Turf 50th Anniversary Dinner
03 Jan 2017 Founders Society Turf Dignitary Reception
03 Jan 2017 2017 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
10 Aug 2016 MTF/MSU Turfgrass Field Day

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