The annual event is a cooperative effort of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and the Iowa Turfgrass Institute, and provides participants hands-on learning and engagement with some of the biggest issues facing their industry.
This year’s program includes a presentation on sports turf research, an update on cultivar trials, an update of fungicide and herbicide testing for Iowa, plant growth regulator trial results, an insect pest update for turfgrass and landscape, and various other topics related to fertility and turf health. Pesticide recertification for category 3T and 3OT turf and ornamentals will also be offered starting at 10 a.m.
Speakers include Adam Thoms, associate professor in horticulture and extension turfgrass specialist with Iowa State University; Nick Christians, university professor of horticulture at Iowa State; Thomas Gould, research scientist; Evan Alderman, extension specialist, and various Iowa State graduate research assistants as well as representatives from the leading suppliers of turfgrass maintenance products.
The field day will be held from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station, and there will be opportunities to see new equipment and products.
The field day will help managers get a better idea if something is for them or their program, or how something like a new herbicide could fit into their maintenance program.
Registration should be done online and in advance, but on-site registration will be available. Cost to register is $40 per person, and all registrations include snacks and lunch.
For more information, Thoms can be reached at 515-294-1957 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Jeff Lamoureux (Iowa Turfgrass Institute executive director) is available at 515-635-0306.