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  • 13 Jan 2022 4:31 PM | Anonymous

    Michigan Turfgrass Foundation Awards

    Norman W. Kramer Outstanding Student Award
    Spencer Cole

    Kenyon T. Payne Outstanding Student Award
    David Parker

    Robert Hancock Award
    Payton Perkinson

    MTF Merit Scholars
    Dennis Sullivan
    Adam Nadeau
    Ryan Wiggins


    Michigan State University Awards

    Hal and Mark Vogler Scholarship
    Trevor Stahl
    Josh Olrich
    Jackson Severns
    Tuck and Becky Tate Scholarship
    David Parker
    Cole Luck
    Charles and Frances Osterman Scholarship
    Matthew Dishon
    Noah Wiles
    Logan Complo
    Jake Kilby
    James and Harriet Beard Outstanding Turfgrass Graduate Student Award
    Jackie Guevara


    State Association Awards

    Michigan Golf Course Superintendents Association

    Turfgrass Scholarship
    Adam Nadeau
    Connor McBride
    Matthew DIshon
    Brendan Stuchell

    Michigan Sports Turf Managers Association
    Logan Complo
    Garrett Menko

    National Awards

    Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
    Chester Mendenhall Award

    Payton Perkinson
    GCSAA Scholarships
    Spencer Cole
    Brendan Stuchell


    Samuel I. Russell Foundation Awards
    Seth Jenkins
    Anthony Kiser

    Trans-Miss Golf Association Turfgrass Scholarships
    Spencer Cole
    Jack McCarthy


  • 17 Dec 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous

    Tuesday January 4

    Golf Session (Black River Room)

    12:00 PM WinterTurf Research Update – Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU
    12:30 PM Turfgrass Physiology Research Update – Dr. Emily Merewitz, MSU
    1:00 PM Golf Course Architecture and the Golf Course Superintendent - Andy Johnson, The Fried Egg
    2:00 PM Poa365: A Deep Dive on the Most Interesting Weed in Turf – Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee
    3:00 PM Pathology Research Update – Dr. Joe Vargas, MSU
    4:00 PM MTF Annual Meeting – Ojibway Room

    Lawns, Athletic Fields and Grounds Sessions (Swan Creek Room)

    12:00 PM Understanding NTEP: A Powerful Tool in Your Back Pocket – Jackie Guevara, MSU
    1:00 PM Pricing and Developing Effective Home Lawn Programs – Ryan Bearss, MSU
    2:00 PM Turfgrass Nutrient Management – Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU
    3:00 PM Truck Hitches and Spray Equipment: Understanding the System – Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University

    Equipment Technicians (Anishnabeg Room)

    12:00 PM Introductions
    12:30 PM How Golf Course Renovations Effect the EM – Ben Beard, Seth Sheldon, Victor Anderson
    3:00 PM Different types of Fuel Systems – Ben Beard

    Wednesday January 5

    Golf Session (Black River Room)

    8:00 AM Golf Course Native Grass Management – Gerald Husemann
    9:00 AM Golf Course Architecture’s Impact on Turfgrass Maintenance – Andy Johnson, The Fried Egg
    10:00 AM Non-Chemical Water Conditioners – Dr. Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University
    11:00 AM Effects of Different Soil Testing Philosophies on Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens – Jackie Guevara, MSU
    11:15 AM USGA Golf Ball Reaction Study – Dr. Thomas Green, MSU
    11:30 PM Research Update – Dr. Trey Rogers

    LUNCH - Saginaw & Swan Creek Room

    1:00 PM Natural Capital Value of Golf Courses – Dr. Brian Horgan, MSU
    2:00 PM MDARD Updates: Staffing Changes, Certification & Renewal, METRO Institute Testing – Mike Stoliecki, MDARD
    3:00 PM Sod Farms: Tournament Ready 24/7 – Diane and Greg Mischel

    Equipment Technicians (Anishnabeg Room)

    8:00 AM Shop Renovations on a Budget – Hector Velazquez
    10:00 AM Tier 4 and The different types of Regeneration – John Garlets, Spartan Distributors

    LUNCH Saginaw & Swan Creek Room

    1:00 PM Keeping your Cutting Edge – Mike Rollins, SIP Grinders
    3:00 PM Round Table

    Lawns and Grounds (Ojibway Room)

    8:00 AM New Herbicides for Cool-Season Turfgrass – Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee
    9:00 AM What We Can Learn From Truck Accidents – Dr. Fred Whitford, Purdue University
    10:00 AM Diseases of Home Lawns and Sports Turf – Nancy Dykema, MSU
    11:00 AM IPM of Kentucky Bluegrass Turf - Dr. Joe Vargas, MSU

    LUNCH Saginaw & Swan Creek Room

    1:00 PM Irrigation Water Quality and Understanding a Water Quality Test Report –Dr. Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University
    2:00 PM Why do Some Applications Fail? –Dr. Paul Giordano, Harrells
    3:00 PM What’s Happening in the Seed Industry –Dr. Wayne Horman, Landmark Seed

    Athletic Fields (Fox Room 2nd floor)

    8:00 AM Plant Growth Regulators for Sports Fields: What, Where, Why, and When – Aaron Hathaway, NuFarm
    9:00 AM Athletic Field Diagnostics – Pam Sherratt, The Ohio State University
    11:00 AM What’s Happening in the Seed Industry –Dr. Wayne Horman, Landmark
    Seed

    LUNCH Saginaw & Swan Creek Room

    1:00 PM 2 Seasons, 1 Field – Kelly Rensel, Buffalo Bisons
    2:00 PM Playing Surface Management Tips and Tricks – Pam Sherratt, The Ohio State University
    3:00 PM FIFA Wold Cup 2026 Research Update – Dr. Trey Rogers, MSU
    3:30 PM What’s in Your Infield Dirt and Why? – Ron Martin, Mar-Co Clay Products, Inc.

    Thursday January 6

    Golf Session (Black River Room)

    8:00 AM On budget, on time, least disruption tee renovation –John and Lewis Nowakowski, Port Huron Golf Club
    8:30 AM A Tale of Two Stations: Pump Station Upgrades at Treetops Resort – Tim Matty, Treetops
    9:00 AM Using Data to Guide MaintenanceDecisions – Zach Nicoludis, USGA Green Section
    10:00 AM Building a Better Fungicide Program – Dr. Paul Giordano, Harrells
    11:00 AM Research Update – Dr. Thom Nikolai
    12:00 PM ADJOURN

    Lawns and Grounds (Ojibway Room)

    8:00 AM Turfgrass Weed Management Update – Dr. Thom Nikolai, MSU
    10:00 AM Professional Lawn Care and Landscape Pest Management in Michigan in 2022 – Dr. David Smitley, MSU
    11:00 AM 2021 Year in Review – Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU
    12:00 PM ADJOURN

    REGISTER FOR 2022 CONFERENCE





  • 10 Dec 2021 10:21 AM | Anonymous

    Dr. Fred Whitford

    Clinical Engagement Professor, Botany and Plant Pathology and Director of Purdue Pesticide Programs

    Frederick “Fred” Whitford, Clinical Engagement Professor, Botany and Plant Pathology and Director of Purdue Pesticide Programs. Fred received his bachelor’s degree in wildlife management from Louisiana Tech. He received his master’s and doctorate degrees in entomology from lowa State University. He has served as the Coordinator of the Purdue Pesticide Program since 1991. He has authored more than 300 publications and become a popular speaker with more than 5,000 presentations given throughout Indiana and the United States.

    Presentations:

    Truck Hitches and Spray Equipment: Understanding the System What We Can Learn From Truck Accidents

    REGISTER FOR 2022 CONFERENCE


  • 07 Dec 2021 11:07 AM | Anonymous


    Speaker Spotlight:

    Pam Sherratt
    Turfgrass specialist and lecturer in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University

    Pam Sherratt is a turfgrass specialist and lecturer in the Department of Horticulture and Crop Science at The Ohio State University. Pam received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Lancashire in England and her master’s degree from The Ohio State University. Pam devises and implements the Buckeye Sports Turf Program and disseminates sports turf research to the industry. She is currently writing an online class for groundskeepers & athletic field managers and manages a website with 2800 subscribers. Pam makes 25-30 in-state visits to athletic fields each year, manages the annual sports turf short course, produces an annual sports turf calendar, speaks at several instate workshops and seminars, serves on several industry boards (in and out of state), and writes Extension/Outreach grants. Her research focuses on athletic field stability and reinforcement, sand selection for athletic fields, cool season grass traits; wear tolerance, establishment speed, overseeding options, rhizomatous tall fescues & other newer grass varieties.

    Presentations:
    Athletic Field Diagnostics Playing Surface Management Tips and Tricks

    Conference Registration


  • 02 Nov 2021 11:51 AM | Anonymous

    Publications from the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Extension, the USGA Green Section, and the Michigan State University Turf Team have been recently released.  The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to share recent news and support these exceptional turf related programs at Michigan State University and turf related organizations throughout our industry. 

    Find out more about the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation by visiting our website or connecting with us on Facebook or Twitter.

    Michigan Turfgrass Foundation

    MTF Announces New Venue for 2022 Turfgrass Conference

    The conference will be held at the Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort January 4-6, 2022.

    The MTF and MSU are planning on delivering a very informative and rewarding education package offering CEU's from MDARD as well as the GCSAA. There will be three days of education and our goal is to increase awareness, education, and interest in the Turfgrass Industry while at the same time supporting our world renown MSU Turfgrass Program and its Professors who play such an integral role in informing, improving, and sustaining the Turfgrass Professional's knowledge, skills and career.

    Follow the link for more information on the Conference, the Vendor Halftime Show, Conference Sponsorship Opportunities and the Dr. Paul Rieke Graduate Assistantship Silent Auction.

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    MSU Turf Team

    MSU Turf School - December 13 - 16, 2021

    The MSU Turf School is 4-day short course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school will be "team taught" by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum is designed to deliver a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use, and environmental stewardship.

    This year's school will be held Dec. 13-16, 2021 at the Graduate Hotel in downtown East Lansing.

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    MSU Turf & Landscape Digest

    Fall armyworm damage on putting greens

    David Smitley, Michigan State University, Department of Entomology, and Kevin Frank, Michigan State University, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences - October 21, 2021

    While rating plots at the Michigan State University Hancock Turfgrass Research Center in East Lansing, Michigan, on Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, I (Kevin Frank) happened to notice a large amount of what appeared to be ball mark type damage on a putting green.

    Read More


    Michigan pesticide applicator review sessions, recertifications credits and testing options for fall 2021

    Jeremy Jubenville, Michigan State University Extension - October 20, 2021

    In Michigan, autumn is a time when the commercial agricultural community starts to think about pesticide applicator certifications. For some, it may be because the new production season is approaching and they would like to make sure everything is in place before it begins. For others, it's because applicator certification credentials expire on Dec. 31 every third year.

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    USGA Green Section Record

    Discussing 2021 Course Care Issues With USGA Agronomists

    USGA Agronomists Zach Nicoludis (pictured), Jordan Booth, John Daniels and Paul Jacobs discussed course care issues they've seen out in the field this year.  

    Listen to Podcast


    To Treat or Not to Treat?

    By John Daniels, agronomist, Northeast Region

    White grub damage has been showing up over the past several weeks in many areas of the Northeast. I wouldn’t be surprised to find grub activity in areas that were treated earlier in the year with a preventative insecticide because above-average precipitation like we experienced this summer can favor beetle activity and lessen insecticide performance.

    Read More


    Don't Spend Money Without a Plan

    With many facilities seeing an increase in revenue due to more rounds being played, USGA agronomists are hearing an uptick in discussions about where investments can be made to improve golf courses. While this is good news, a desire to invest in golf course improvements also requires some caution to make sure that money is spent wisely. To get the most benefit from course improvement projects, it’s important to have an overall master plan to prioritize and guide investments.

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  • 26 Oct 2021 11:47 AM | Anonymous


    Support from our Industry Partners is the key to the MTF's continued success in its mission to fund Turfgrass research and programs at Michigan State University. With your help, we can continue our combined efforts to advance study in the Turfgrass industry.

    Sponsorship Opportunities
    Michigan Turfgrass Conference - January 4-6, 2022
    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant MI 48858

    With the announcement of a new location, the anticipation is high for this year's Conference.  We are expecting a large attendance and are happy to offer the following sponsorship opportunities:

    • Coffee (4 available) – $750.00
    • Coffee Cup (1 available) – $1,500.00
    • Founders Society Reception (4 available)  – $500.00
    • Lanyard (1 available) – $1,250.00
    • Lunch (4 available) – $500.00
    • Meritorious Award Dinner (1 available) – $250.00
    • Speakers Dinner (1 available) – $250.00
    • Vendor Halftime Show Food (2 available) – $750.00



  • 22 Oct 2021 12:07 PM | Anonymous


    Dr. Paul Rieke Graduate Assistantship Silent Auction
    Michigan Turfgrass Conference - January 4-6, 2022
    Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort, Mt. Pleasant MI 48858
    Exhibit Function: January 5, 2022 / 4:00 - 6:30pm

    The Silent Auction is always one of the highlights of the Michigan Turfgrass Conference.  Held during the Halftime Show, the Silent Auction helps raise funds for the Graduate Assistantship for ongoing graduate student positions at MSU.  These students provide critical turfgrass research, and participate in extension and teaching programs, which garner additional grant funding through research publications and further examination of turfgrass subjects.

    Your support can reflect your business, product line, or simply be a "good will" gesture of any non-related item. Past items have included push spreaders, hand held equipment, sports memorabilia, sporting tickets, weekend getaways, and clothing.  Auction tables will display your company name and logo along with contributed items.

    For more information please contact Curt Boak at cmb@lawntechofmi.com or by phone at 517-490-5191.

    Donation Form:  https://forms.gle/9K85uhzWDcdWo9ob6

    2022 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Page


  • 05 Oct 2021 4:12 PM | Anonymous

    Around The Industry

    Publications from the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Extension, the USGA Green Section, and the Michigan State University Pest Management Digest have been recently released. The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to share recent news and support these exceptional turf related programs at Michigan State University and turf related organizations throughout our industry.

    MSU Pest Management Digest

    Featured Events: 

    Fall armyworm egg masses hatching now could bring new turf damage soon

    David Smitley, Michigan State University Extension, Department of Entomology - September 24, 2021

    New fall armyworm egg masses are appearing this week on golf courses, in yards and many other places in southern Michigan. The egg masses were deposited by moths that recently flew into the area. Fall armyworm moths may fly 100 miles or more before laying eggs, so they could be coming from outbreaks reported this summer in other midwestern states.

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    MSU Turf & Landscape Digest

    Maintaining a grasses and sedges garden

    David Lowenstein, Michigan State University Extension - September 13, 2021

    The aesthetic and environmental value of ornamental grass and sedge gardens was described in the Michigan State University Extension article, “Starting a grasses and sedges garden.” This article will cover several strategies to keep your garden productive during the dormant season and ready for the following season. Under most conditions, ornamental grasses and sedges are tolerant of your USDA plant hardiness zone in Michigan. Many are especially accommodating to problem areas of the landscape that remain moist through the season or that become very dry. Well established plants should return and flourish in the following season after planting (Photo 1).

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    USGA Green Section Record


    Welcome to the Trunk Show

    When tree removal is not an option, pruning lower limbs may be the next best thing.

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    Too Much of a Good Thing

    Rounds are still up, but when does too much of a good thing become a bad thing?Reador

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    It's Been a Pesty Year

    As if the weather doesn’t already make balancing turf health and playability enough of a challenge, ants and armyworms decided they would like to join the party this year too.

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  • 07 Sep 2021 9:57 AM | Anonymous

    Around The Industry

    Publications from the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Extension, the USGA Green Section, the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Digest, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have been recently released. The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to share recent news and support these exceptional turf related programs at Michigan State University and turf related organizations throughout our industry.


    USGA Green Section


    Is Methiozolin the Holy Grail of Poa annua Control?

    A newly registered Poa annua control herbicide is now being put through its paces on golf courses. Will it be the holy grail that many superintendents have been hoping for?

    READ MORE

    Make Every Herbicide Application Count

    Don’t let herbicide antagonism get the best of your weed control efforts in fine fescue naturalized areas.

    READ MORE

    Happy Accidents

    Sometimes mistakes on the golf course can prove to be valuable learning experiences if we are open to their lessons.

    READ MORE

    Getting a Handle on Thatchy Fairways

    Excess thatch can be a concern on fairways, particularly during periods of wet weather like we have been experiencing lately.

    READ MORE

    Windshield Notepad

    Trying to remember everything that needs to be completed during a busy day on the golf course can be difficult. If only a to-do list could be right in front of you throughout the day...

    READ MORE

    Preparing for Renovations

    Many courses have renovation projects on the horizon. Start planning early so that you have everything in place to complete the project and protect the investment over the long-term.

    READ MORE

    Developing a Drought-Emergency Plan

    Golf courses everywhere face the risk of drought and water restrictions. Whether your course experiences drought frequently or almost never, it’s important to have a drought emergency plan in place.

    READ MORE



  • 07 Sep 2021 9:37 AM | Anonymous

    Around The Industry

    Publications from the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Extension, the USGA Green Section, the Michigan State University Turf and Landscape Digest, and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development have been recently released. The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to share recent news and support these exceptional turf related programs at Michigan State University and turf related organizations throughout our industry.

    Michigan Turfgrass Foundation

    Welcome Back to News Notes!

    News Notes was a regular publication, years back, for the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation (MTF) with information on past events, current news and events, and Turf Team reports. We plan on bringing back that same information and more! This will be the first of two issues you will receive this year, with the second being published in the Fall.

    We really hope you enjoy the magazine!

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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.  Follow the link for a recap of the day.

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    Michigan Department of Agriculture & Rural Development

    Consumer Advisory: Beware of Scams around Mosquito Treatment, Applications

    Find licensed companies online at Michigan.gov/MosquitoControlBusiness

    LANSING, MI - After explosion of mosquito populations across the state, many Michiganders are turning to pesticides to combat these annoying pests. The Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) is advising the public to avoid falling victim to scams and illegitimate businesses, and to only hire licensed mosquito control companies. A list of companies licensed to control mosquitoes in Michigan can be found at Michigan.gov/MosquitoControlBusiness.

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    MSU Turf & Landscape Digest

    What growers and landscapers need to know about box tree moth

    July 19 | Heidi Lindberg, Jeremy Jubenville, David Lowenstein and David Smitley

    On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that it had confirmed the presence of box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, in the continental United States and is working to contain and eradicate the invasive pest. Growers and landscapers can learn more about the situation on Aug. 5 when Michigan State University Extension will be partnering with Clemson University to offer a free webinar, “What Growers and Landscapers Need to Know About Box Tree Moth,” from 12:30-2 p.m. During the webinar, we will cover signs of the box tree moth and actions to take to treat the moths.

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    Help needed from Michigan residents: Protect America’s boxwood from invasive caterpillar

    July 19 | Heidi Lindberg, Jeremy Jubenville, David Lowenstein and David Smitley

    On May 28, 2021, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) announced that they confirmed the presence of box tree moth, Cydalima perspectalis, in the continental United States and are working to contain and eradicate the invasive pest. The infested boxwood has been removed and surrounding host-material has been treated. Caterpillars of the invasive moth, native to east Asia, first consume the leaves and then the bark of the plant, thereby killing the shrubs. The box tree moth was first accidentally introduced in 2007 in Germany and since then has destroyed an estimated 75% of boxwood shrubs in Europe.

    READ MORE



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