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. Almost 200 were in attendance for education, networking, and demonstrations from various vendors. Four education sections were offered including: golf course management, professional lawn care, sports turf management, and pesticide applicator training. Attendees were able to see the research being conducted at Iowa State University in the turfgrass program.
Opening remarks for the 2018 Turfgrass Field Day.
Ben Pease presenting to the sports turf crowd on how the turfgrass plant changes with traffic.
Adam Thoms discussing the putting green topdressing research at Iowa State.
Nick Christians and Isaac Mertz share the latest findings in Kentucky bluegrass variety trials.
Dr. Ajay Nair discusses common herbicide damage on tomatoes and what to look for.
AJ Lindsey showing off a natural herbicide trial to the lawn care managers group.
Robotic painters, including the Turf Tank pictured above, demonstrated how they can paint athletic fields with simple GPS coordinates.