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Welcome to iaTURF

June 24, 2009

This blog was created to provide Golf Course Superintendents in the State of Iowa with a convenient way to communicate and collaborate with peers, industry professionals and educators. Interesting things are happening across the state, and this blog will serve as a vehicle to share articles, links, and pictures with turfgrass professionals in the state of Iowa. Anyone is welcome to submit to iaTURF. It's as simple as e-mailing your submission to iaturfblog@gmail.com. I look forward to hearing from you!

Marcus Jones
Graduate Research Assistant

All article submissions will be posted at the discretion of the blog administrators. We reserve the right to decide what articles will be added to this blog.

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IATurf Blog has moved to https://www.extension.iastate.edu/turfgrass/

May 3, 2016

Iowa State University Turfgrass is pleased to announce the launch of its fully-featured website https://www.extension.iastate.edu/turfgrass/. The new site has extensive content including blog posts, publications, research reports, and news from across the state of Iowa. The highly successful IATurf Blog that reaches thousands of individuals will now be accessible from your tablet and phone.

The new website is designed to assist turf managers across Iowa with a one-stop shop for everything turfgrass. The website focuses on making information available to all individuals with a vested interest in turf industry, as well as highlight specialized advice and turf solutions. As part of our objective to provide critical information on the turf industry, Iowa State is proud to introduce the new website. Along with the launch of the new website, there are nine new publications added to the Iowa Extension store.

The first set of publications address common homeowner questions.  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 yardwork. The full press release highlighting the publications can be found here! The following publications can now be found on the new site under the publication tab.

“Sodding a New Lawn”, (HORT 3033)

“Mowing Your Lawn”, (HORT 3047)

“Management and Control of Summer Patch” (HORT 3049)

“Organic Turfgrass Fertilization” (HORT 3031)

In addition to the general homeowner publications, five new publications focused on athletic field management were released. These focus on the planning required to keeping Iowa athletic fields aesthetically pleasing and more importantly safe. 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.

The full ISU press release can be found here! The following publications can also be found on the new site under the publication tab.

“Preventing Compaction on Athletic Fields” (HORT 3020)

“Tips for Athletic Field Seeding and Irrigation” (HORT 3022)

“Managing the Field within the Field” (HORT 3046)

Putting the Field to Bed” (HORT 3048)

Topdressing Athletic Fields (HORT 3050)

 

Check out the new website and let us know what you think!

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Commenting on a Post and Other Blog Tips

July 20, 2009

We have received a few questions regarding how to leave a comment for a post. Anyone can leave a comment, but there are a couple of different ways to go about doing so. At the bottom of each post, there is information regarding who posted the article, the date and time the article was posted, and if there are any comments on the post. (The envelope icon allows you to forward a post to someone using e-mail).

o leave a comment, just click on “0 comments” directly below the post. This will open a new screen where you type in your comment and some other information. Type your comment in the box provided. A “word verification” is located below the comment box. You will need to retype the word verification that appears on the screen. Next, you need to select an identity. The first two options require that you have a Google Account or an account already established with one of five Open ID services (Open ID, LiveJournal, WordPress, etc…). If you have one of these accounts and want to leave a comment, check the appropriate box and follow the directions.

If you don’t have one of those accounts, you will need to check “Name/URL” and type in your name (you can leave the “URL” box blank). If you wish to leave an anonymous comment, check the anonymous box. You can preview your comment by clicking on the “Preview Button”. This allows you to see your comment and make any last changes (if you need to make changes click on “edit comment” in the lower left hand corner of the comment box). Otherwise, click on “Publish Your Comment” and that’s it, you just commented on a post.

Another topic I’ll discuss quickly is how to subscribe to the blog. You may have noticed the “Subscribe via email” gadget along the right hand column. By subscribing to the blog, whenever a new post is added it will automatically be sent to the e-mail address you provide. This is an easy way to receive content without ever actually visiting the blog.

Marcus Jones
Graduate Research Assistant

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The Blogs First Year in Review

January 14, 2010

Back when the blog started on June 24, 2009 I don’t think anyone really knew what to expect. Our goal for the blog was to provide a convenient, quick way to provide relevant information and updates for golf course superintendents. It appears as though the blog is off to a fast start in 2010 and iaTURF even received some notoriety from the GCSAA (read the article here). With the start of a new calendar year still lingering I thought I would take the time to reflect on how the blog performed during its first 6 months.

• iaTURF had over 5,000 visits from across the globe. The majority of these visits (95%) came from the U.S.

• Within the U.S. the state of Iowa provided the most traffic (66%) with Illinois, Minnesota, Missouri, and Kansas rounding out the top 5.

• 69 articles were posted in 2009. The source of the articles came from a variety of sources including superintendents, industry professionals, and educators.

New Year’s Resolution
My new year’s resolution for the blog is to better these numbers during the next 6 months. I want to thank the industry for supporting iaTURF and everyone that has participated and follows the blog. I encourage you to participate by posting an article sometime during the season about what’s happening at your facility. Remember, the articles don’t have to be long and pictures are always welcome.

Marcus Jones
Graduate Research Assistant

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