AMES, Iowa – The Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station will host the Iowa Turfgrass Field and Demonstration Day Sept. 12. The event will offer information and training for turfgrass management on golf courses, sports fields, and home lawns and landscapes.
The event is offered to golf course maintenance crews, athletic field managers, lawn care companies and homeowners. Attendees also may sign up to earn continuing instructional credit for their commercial pesticide applicator license.
The field day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a lunch at noon catered by Hickory Park. It will take place at the ISU Horticulture Research Station, located at 55519 170th Street northeast of Ames.
Pesticide applicator training sessions begin at 10 a.m. and include restricted entry level, recognition of sensitive sites, right-of-way and pesticide labels. Continuing instructional credits are being offered to certified pesticide applicators for recertification of commercial or private licenses in categories 3O (Ornamental Pest), 3T (Turf Pest), 3OT (Ornamental and Turf Pest, 6 (Right-of-Way) and 10 (Research and Demonstration). The continuing instructional courses are led by Iowa State University Extension and Outreach specialists.
There also will be a turf insect, disease and weed ID tour prior to lunch. After lunch demonstrations by exhibitors will be held from 1-3 p.m.
Registration for the event can be done online. Cost for the field day is $40, which includes coffee, donuts and lunch. Registration for those attending pesticide applicator training is $60. Attendees wishing to receive pesticide applicator training must pre-register.
ISU Extension and Outreach sponsors the field day in cooperation with the Iowa Turfgrass Institute, Iowa Professional Lawn Care Association, Iowa Golf Course Superintendents Association and Iowa Sports Turf Managers Association.