Scientists at Rutgers University and Virginia Tech discuss the life history, ecology and management of five species of masked chafer larvae, which are important pests of turfgrass in North America. Click picture to view the entire research article. Read more about Masked Chafer Grubs
The Minnesota House soon will decide whether certain pesticides should be prohibited from being used on golf courses and the best methods for encouraging organic farming. Representatives also will discuss helping with foreclosure mediation for farmers. Read more about Minnesota considers Pesticide Ban for Golf Courses
Wanting to learn more about hashtag and how to use them to benefit your career? GCSAA features a 60-minute webcast at 10am CST on May 10th. Claudia Alterman, digital content specialist for GCSAA, will cover social media basics. Read more about GCSAA Education spotlight: I wanna be more social
One of the most frequent questions Andy Ommen gets asked is “What is the most important tool you can have when maintaining a baseball field?” His answer is always “time.” Read more about Basic Baseball Field Maintenance
Following the NBC’s two-part “Fields of Danger?” report that aired last fall, synthetic fields have come under scrutiny across the country. The following article from sportsturf online addresses concerns that were documented in Fields of Danger? Read more about Turf industry bolsters defense of crumb rubber safety
Keeping an athletic field both aesthetically pleasing and safe takes planning and care. Managing traffic, interseeding and general maintenance of the field before, during and after the playing season are all important aspects to providing a smooth, even playing surface.
Iowa State University Extension and Outreach turfgrass specialist Ryan Adams has written a series of five publications designed to help managers keep their fields healthy and safe. All five publications are available online through the Extension Store. Read more about Managing Athletic Fields Focus of Five Publications
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As temperatures warm and the calendar steadily marches forward, people across Iowa will soon find themselves working in their yards on a regular basis. With this work in mind, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach has published four publications to serve as guides for residential yard work. Read more about Improve Lawn Quality with Four Extension Publications
This spring, disease mitigation and management are complex issues because of the mild climate that much of the Northeast and Middle Atlantic regions enjoyed for during Winter 2015-16. That’s both a blessing and a curse for superintendents preparing for the start of their golf seasons, says Penn State University turf professor John Kaminski. Read more about 2016 Early DollarSpot?
When it comes to research, the University of Tennessee is in a unique position. It’s located right in the “transition zone,” so it can grow both warm- and cool-season grasses. For the past five years, it has also been home to one of the largest sports turf research programs in the country — the only study currently looking at the connection between athlete injuries and turf. Read more about University of Tennessee Sports Turf Research
Since 1981 STMA has been serving the sports turf industry and its members. Over the years STMA has acquired a large historical collection from turfgrass researchers, members and Dr. Kent Kurtz, STMA’s first executive director and historian. With nearly 100 years of history in its archives, STMA is converting its collection to a digital version so that the industry can enjoy the rich history of the profession and the association. Read more about STMA Historical Collection
The Toro Company has named Georgeanna Heitshusen this year’s winner of the annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turfgrass Training Program.
Heitshusen, an Iowa State University horticulture major with an emphasis on turfgrass management, will be on-hand at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, Calif., for Super Bowl 50 to assist the grounds crew in preparation for the game. Read more about Super Bowl Internship Winner
The latest ISTMA Sideline report was released today. The newsletter highlights the upcoming Iowa Turfgrass Conference, the Importance of Record Keeping, Always Trying Something New to Improve your Field Maintenance Program, and Putting your Field to Bed Properly.
At 10am CST on December 15th, the GCSAA is currently offering a free 60-min webinar by Ben Wherley, Ph.D. The presentation will focus on science-based nutrient management decisions golf course superintendents can make that result in greater efficiency of fertilizer use and minimization of environmental losses. Also included is a review of the ultimate fate of fertilizer nutrients in the turf/soil system. Many examples presented will be for U.S. southern/transition zone turf systems, yet information will be applicable to a broad range of locales. Read more about Environmentally Sensitive Warm-Season Turfgrass Nutrient Management
The national GCSAA Conference is vastly approaching and will occur in San Diego California from Feburary 6th-11th. The golf course conference is the largest education event in the industry and covers all aspects of golf course management, including agronomics, environmental management, communications, leadership and business management. Read more about GCSAA Conference
The Iowa City Community School Board voted unanimously to enact an immediate ban on all pesticide usage at schools until the board approves new chemical-spraying practices on September 22nd.
The board took the vote after discussing concerns raised by newly-seated board member Phil Hemingway about the composition of a committee tasked with looking into pesticide practices. Read more about Iowa City Community School Board Bans Pesticides
82nd Annual Iowa Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show
Six weeks from today, The 82ndAnnual Iowa Turfgrass Conference and Trade Show kicks off at the Coralville Marriott Hotel and Conference Center in Coralville, IA. The conference runs from January 25th through the 27th.
AMES, Iowa – Two new publications on turf care are now available from the Iowa State University Extension and Outreach Store. Preventing Compaction on Athletic Fields (HORT 3020) and Tips for Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation (HORT 3022), include tips for renovating natural grass fields, establishing turf from seed and keeping field areas safe for athletes. Read more about New Turfgrass Publications Help Sports Field Managers