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TURFGRASS FIELD DAY RECAP - AUGUST 10, 2022

Golf Tour

1. Turfgrass Disease Update – Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and Nancy Dykema

2. Soil testing & Winterkill reestablishment – Dr. Kevin Frank and Payton Perkinson

3. Turfgrass Physiology & Winterkill Update – Dr. Emily Holm, Kailey Miller, Megan Gendjar, & Michael Itam

4. Plant Growth Regulator Research – Dr. Thom Nikolai

5. Hydroponics and Variable Depth Putting Greens – Mike Rabe and Dr. Thom Nikolai

6. USGA golf ball reaction research update – Evan Rogers and Dr. Trey Rogers

Lawn/ Athletics Tour

7. Perennial ryegrass control in mixed stands of cool-season grasses – Ryan Bearss & Dr. Trey Rogers

8. Crabgrass control – Dr. Thom Nikolai

9. Sod on plastic: establishment and maintenance – Jake Kilby and Dr. Trey Rogers

10. Hydroponics and Variable Depth Putting Greens – Mike Rabe and Dr. Thom Nikolai

11. Turfgrass Disease Update – Dr. Joe Vargas and Nancy Dykema

12. Sod on plastic: establishment practices – Jackie Guevara and Dr. Trey Rogers

Athletic Fields Tour

Spartan Football Stadium, Baseball Stadium, Softball Stadium, Soccer Stadium and practice field

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Dr. Vargas starts the day with a turfgrass disease update

Dr. Nikolai discusses Crabgrass control

Jake Kilby discusses Sod on Plastic at stop 9

Mike Rabe presents Hydroponics and Variable Depth Putting Greens

Dr. Frank - Soil testing & Winterkill reestablishment 

Nancy Dykema presents Turfgrass Disease update 

Payton Perkinson discussing Winterkill reestablishment

Jackie Guevara - Sod on plastic station 12

Dr. Rogers fields a question

Dr. Holm discussing Turfgrass Physiology & Winterkill


Ryan Bearss presents Perennial ryegrass control in mixed stands of cool-season grasses

USGA golf ball reaction research update – Evan Rogers

MSU Athletic Turf Manager, Andy Flynn lead the Athletics Field Tour

Spartan Stadium!

McLane Stadium 

Secchia Stadium

DeMartin Stadium

Practice soccer field

A view from above

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Turfgrass Field Day Recap - August 11, 2021

For the MSU Turf Team and the more than 400 participants who came out to learn, network and participate in the study of turfgrass, it turned out to be a great day.  One day later, and it would have been a completely different story, as MSU along with many other Michigan areas, received 4 inches of rain overnight.  

Highlights from the day included Dr. Vargas's turf dust - IRS comparison, Dr. Frank's barefoot test and learning that Poa Annua ranks only behind cockroaches on the toughness scale.  A photo recap of the day can be found below.


Congratulations to Peter Cookingham, Head of the Turfgrass Information Center, on his upcoming retirement.  Read More


Thank you to Jesse Sholl and the staff at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center for all they did to make this one of the most successful Field Days to date.

The 2021 Turfgrass Field Day was presented with the support the following sponsors:

Lanyard sponsor:  MeritHall Inc., Rep. Travis Goeski
Corporate Lunch Sponsors: NuFarmFMC Professional SolutionsMTESP
Bottled Water Sponsor: Green Point Consulting
Breakfast Sponsor: Harrell's LLC


Golf 1. Disease Management for Golf Courses
Nancy Dykema and Dr. J. M. Vargas, Jr.
Anthracnose
Dollar Spot Management
Summer Stress in Turfgrass


Lawn and Athletic Fields 7.  Turfgrass Weed Research
Dr. Thom Nikolai, Dr. T.O. Green, Eric Galbraith, Dr. Eric Patterson, and Ben Pritchard

Discussing results of a 3-year lawn HOC study and a walk over to a GDD crabgrass application study.

Golf 2.  The Effects of Soil Test Philosophy Recommendations on Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass
Jackie Guevara and Dr. Kevin W. Frank

The study evaluated two soil testing philosophies and fertilizer recommendations, namely Sufficiency Level of Available Nutrients (SLAN) and Minimum Levels for Sustainable Nutrition (MLSN).

Lawn & Athletic Fields 8.  Disease Management in Lawns and Athletic Fields
Nancy Dykema and Dr. J.M. Vargas Jr.

Leaf Spot, Dollar Spot, Red Thread, Necrotic Ring Spot

Golf 3.  Abiotic Stress Physiology of Putting Green Species
Megan Gendjar and Dr. Emily Merewitz, Kailey Miller, Dr. Kevin Frank

Soil water content and plant growth regulator effects on Poa Annua acclimation to and survival of winter.
Mowing height effects on winterkill of Poa Annua putting greens.

Lawn & Athletic Fields 9.  The Long-Term Effect of Irrigation and Fertilizer Programs on Different Turfgrass Species
Dr. Kevin Frank and Jesse Sholl

The objective of the study is to demonstrate the interaction and performance of fertilization and irrigation on different turfgrass species and mixtures.

Golf 4.  Racecourse Athletic Field Systems, and Golf Ball Reaction and Soil Strength Studies
Dr. J.N. Rogers, III, Dr. J.R. Crum, and Dr. T.O. Green
The the golf ball reaction and soil strength study (2021-2022) will give insight to improving golf shots by allowing golfers the option of bouncing shots to gain distance while placing them nearer target putting green.

Lawn & Athletic Fields 10, Golf 5.  Outbreaks of Japanese Beetle Decline in Southern Michigan Due to Biological Control While Populations Increase in Northern Michigan
Dr. David Smitley

In 1999, with Japanese Beetle populations exploding in Michigan, a survey by Cappaert and Smitley (2002) revealed that the most promising biocontrol organisms were either absent or nearly absent in Southern Michigan.

Golf 6.  Turfgrass Weed Research
Dr. Thom Nikolai, Dr. T.O Green, Eric Galbraith, Dr. Eric Patterson, and Ben Pritchard

Attendees were encouraged to take ratings at two different studies.

Highlights from the Afternoon Workshops:






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