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The recent Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Annual Meeting in Orlando, FL was a great opportunity to learn, network, and see the new products being offered to athletic field industry. Iowa State was very visible throughout the week.

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The February issue of SportsTurf Magazine features an interview with the current Sports Turf Managers Association President and Iowa State Athletic Field Manager Tim Van Loo as well as an article explaining micronutrients function, deficiencies, and healthy levels in turfgrass written by Dr.

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Nick Christians

September 23, 2016

 

This is about two lightning strikes on creeping bentgrass greens in Iowa during the summer of 2016.  The first was at Des Moines Golf and Country Club and they come from superintendent Rick Tegtmeier. 

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This past summer has been an exceptional year for diseases on turfgrass, and home lawns weren’t immune to these diseases either. Dr. Christian’s has mentioned several times this summer that this summer was the worst Brown Patch in Iowa he has seen in 30+ years.

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Jack Trice is ready for the first game of the season, but getting to that point takes some time and hard work. I recently visited with Tim Van Loo Manager of Athletic Turf and Grounds for Iowa State University on what it takes to get Jack Trice ready.

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This has been one of the worst years for Brown Patch caused by the fungi Rhizoctonia soloni that I can remember.  This organism attacks several grass species.  We saw a lot of it in Tall Fescue this year, I also saw it in Kentucky bluegrass, and of co

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This has been one of the worst years for Brown Patch caused by the fungi Rhizoctonia soloni that I can remember.  This organism attacks several grass species.  We saw a lot of it in Tall Fescue this year, I also saw it in Kentucky bluegrass, and of co

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Many people have been calling and emailing us the past couple of weeks with questions over crabgrass (Digitaria spp.).

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Most of the lawns in Iowa are cool-season grasses.  Kentucky bluegrass is the primary lawn grass.  We also have Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass lawns and tall fescue lawns, along with fine fescues in the shaded areas.  Tall fescue is generally best adapted to central Iowa and

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The 2016 ISU Turf Field Day is in the books, and attendees enjoyed perfect weather, informative talks, and great food.

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The annual Iowa State Turfgrass Research Field Day is Thursday July 28, 2016 the field day will begin at 9 a.m. and conclude with a lunch at noon. It will take place at the ISU Horticulture Research Station

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Join me in welcoming Dr. Adam Thoms to the Iowa State University Faculty.  He began his new extension job on July 1, 2016.

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Bluegrass billbug damage and small Masked Chafer grubs began to show up on June 25, 2016 in Ames.  This is very early for this area.  The billbugs were at Veenker golf course on campus.  The small chafer grubs were on a bentgrass green at the research station.  The chafers are

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Here are a couple of great pictures from Nicholas May of True Green lawn care in Des Moines.  These pictures were taken south of Des Moines this week.  The disease is summer patch, caused by (Magnaporthe poae). 

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On July 6, 2015, I posted a blog about summer patch, caused by (Magnaporthe poae), on the turfgrass research area.  It was a major outbreak of this disease.  In late May, a few days ago, I was looking at the area.  The disease is not active now, but the interesting thing a

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One of the most common weeds to come into the extension office at Iowa State this week has been Orchardgrass (Dactylis glomerata).  This is a common lawn weed in Iowa.  It is a perennial that is used a forage grass and often ends us in lawns.  It is best known for its rapi

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Henbit (Lamiium amplexicaule) is having a very good year in Iowa this spring.  This species is a winter annual that germinates in the fall.  In the spring, it blooms with a purplish flower.  This spring I am seeing it everywhere, even though there are years were I do not s

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Georgeanna Heitshusen, one of the turf students at Iowa State, was chosen by the Toro company as the Super Bowl intern this year.  This is an article that Toro has posted on line.

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The picture below is from Larry Ginger of American Lawn Care.  It is of Speedwell at the edge of a lawn in Altoona, Iowa, by Des Moines.  This is likely Persian speedwell (Veronica persica) also known as creeping Speedwell, Common Field Speedwell, or Winter Speedwell.  It

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Georgeanna Heitshusen leaves today for the Super Bowl internship sponsored by the Toro company.  Georgie is the first female to win the internship.  This honor goes to one turf student each year in United States.  She is the 3rd ISU student in the last 5 years to be chosen for this

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The following is a report on a dollar spot trial conducted at the research station this past summer.  The primary objective of the work was to evaluate the effect of an experimental adjuvant on disease control, but there is a lot of good information comparing the different fungicides. 

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Here is an interesting question from Diane Tewes, a former turf student here at ISU.  Diane currently lives at near the Harvester golf course by Marshalltown, IA.

Hi Nick!

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