Our new ornamental grass trial at turfgrass research north of Ames, Ia is beginning to mature. The attached picture was taken on July 22, 2019. This is a demonstration trial that will be on this years turf field day on September 11. The following is a report on the project
Iowa State University Turf Club students have been busy competing in various turf competitions.
For those of you who were at the "Plant Soil Interactions" seminar that Dr.
As of today the 2019 Turfgrass Weed Control for Professionals is now available. Here is what is new with this edition:
The 2018 Turfgrass Field Day was held in conjunction with the Iowa Turfgrass Institute on September 11th 2018 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station near Gilbert, IA. Perfect weather was present for the day, and this year marked Dr. Christians 40th Turfgrass Field Day.
Many questions have come in over the past couple of weeks about what is going on in people's yards.
Rough bluegrass, or Rough Stalk bluegrass, Poa trivialis is closely related to Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis). There are some important differences, however. Rough bluegrass is common in Iowa lawns. It is a source of many calls at this time of year
In recent weeks there have been a few sightings of Chinch bugs in Iowa. The lawn in the pictures is in Cedar Rapids. Typically damage is in open sunny locations in the yard. These insects can be present in great numbers in the yard over 150 per square foot.
It is Slime mold time again in central Iowa and I have had several questions on it in the past week.
I have been watching for the first crabgrass plants to emerge for each of the past 40 springs. The reason for my interest in this is that I always have some kind of crabgrass treatment going out each spring and I don’t want to miss germination. In Ames, the crabgrass usually germinate
Iowa State University Turf Club recently participated in the 13th Annual Sports Turf Managers Association Student Challenge in Fort Worth, Texas. Iowa State had three teams in the contest.
It is another bad fall for Windmillgrass (Chloris verticillata) in Iowa lawns. It is producing seed heads right now (Oct.
The Iowa State Turf Club recently completed a fundraiser and learning experience at Reiman Garden's. The students helped Reiman Garden's by seeding an entry area that has been under construction for the past year. The seed used was a 70% Kentucky bluegrass and 30% perennial ryegrass mixture.
The 2017 Iowa State Turfgrass Field Day in partnership with the Iowa Turfgrass Institute was held on September 12, 2017. This year’s field day was moved to September to better display the research results from the traditional July date.
This past week we were received an email and pictures from Earl Evans a groundskeeper in LeMars, IA of an outbreak of cottony grass scale (Eriopeltis festucae). Dr. Donald Lewis, Iowa State University Entomologist has noted he hs only seen it twice in his career. Dr.
The annual Iowa Turfgrass Field and Demo Day will be Sept. 12, 2017 at the Iowa State University Horticulture Research Station 55519 170 St. Ames, IA 50010. Registration starts at 8:00 am with coffee and donuts. Education will begin at 9:00 a.m.
Thiis has been a very dry year in parts of Iowa and lawns have been suffering. Today is the 15th of August, and I have mown my own lawn once in the last 12 weeks and that was to kill the ragweed and trees that were growing in it. I am now getting several calls from people with dry law
The recent hot and humid weather created perfect conditions for turfgrass diseases at the Horticulture Research Station. Specifically, we had an outbreak of pythium on a sand-based putting green. Just before the pythium damage we experienced an outbreak of dollar spot.
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The annual cicadas have been buzzing in the trees for the past week, and right on schedule, and right behind them, come the cicada killer wasps.
The last couple of weeks I have been following the progress of Red Thread, a fungal disease of turfgrasses caused by Laetisaria fuciformis, on some research plots at the ISU Horticulture Research Station. The turf stand present is a mixture of perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass.
The last few weeks have been busy for the Iowa State Turf Club, while many of the members are off on internships several turf students in Ames have been busy fundraising for next year's activities.
We often get questions on lawn damage that are quite confusing. They may take the form of a strange pattern and one needs to look "outside of the box" for the answer. Here is a unique one that came up at a local church in Ames, Ia this week. Notice its proximity to the play area
Here is an interesting lawn problem that is quite rare, but seems to come up almost every spring here in Iowa. People will call and say that they appear to have cigarette papers all over their lawn. They usually do not see an insect associated with the problem and the question is, “wh
The last couple of weeks have been especially hard on lawns, athletic fields, and golf courses in parts of Iowa that have experienced high temperatures, drying winds, and a lack of moisture. Ideally turfgrass would receive around 1 to 1.25 inches of rain per week to stay actively growing.
Please join us for the 9th Annual Derek Harmon Classic Golf Outing on Saturday April 22, 2017 at Veenker Golf Course in Ames, IA. This golf tournament benefits scholarships for Iowa State University Horticulture students in the turfgrass option.