I began my job here at Iowa State in 1979. The next year, I published the first copy of the Iowa Turfgrass Research report and distributed it at the 1980 field day. For 25 years after that, the turfgrass faculty published a written copy of the research report each years and distributed them at field day and at the annual turfgrass conference.
Beginning in 1997, we began to also provide an electronic copy of the research report and placed it on the web. Full copies of each report through 2010 are available at http://www.hort.iastate.edu/research/detail.php?id=2.
The reports and other information on the turf program are also available on the "Turfgrass Central" site on the horticulture home page. This site is located at: http://www.hort.iastate.edu/turfgrass/.
This year, we are going to begin something new. Rather than produce a 2011 turfgrass research report, we are going to post individual reports on the iaturf blog site. Research reports will be placed on the site individually over the next few weeks. The blog has been very successful and will be our primary method of communicating with the industry in the future. Direct access to the blog site is http://www.iaturf.blogspot.com/. It also linked from Turfgrass Central and various other information sources dealing with turfgrass research in the state of Iowa. We in the turfgrass program will be interested in your feedback on this new way of providing information.
FIELD DAY, JULY 21, 2011.
There will be a turfgrass field day at the research station on July 21. For more information on the field day and to register for the event, see the Iowa Turfgrass Institute home page at http://www.iowaturfgrass.org/.