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  • Morning Session  (9-11am)     $50 MTF Members / $60 Non-MTF Members
  • Afternoon Session (12-2 pm)  $30 MTF Members / $40 Non-MTF Members   
    2 Sessions available: Afternoon Diagnostic Walk or MSU Athletic Fields Tour - (Sold Out)

On-Site Registration - In person (Day of event - August 10)

  • Morning Session (9-11am)     $60 MTF Members / $70 Non-MTF Members
  • Afternoon Session (12-2 pm)  $40 MTF Members / $50 Non-MTF Members  
    2 Sessions available: Afternoon Diagnostic Walk or MSU Athletic Fields Tour - (Sold Out)

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MSU Turfgrass Field Day, Aug. 10, 2022

There are two tours for attendees to choose from in the morning; golf turf and lawn/athletic fields tour. Each tour will be 2 hrs. in length. There are three afternoon workshops for the attendees to choose from (these are separate pay events so some attendees will just attend the morning research tours and some will attend both the morning tour and afternoon workshops).

Golf Turf Research Tour (9 - 11 am):

  • Disease management strategies for golf turf
  • Effects of different soil testing interpretation philosophies on turfgrass performance
  • Turfgrass physiology and winterkill research update
  • Golf ball reaction and soil strength study
  • Hydroponic putting green system

Lawn and Athletic Fields Turf Research Tour (9 – 11 am):

  • Evaluating sod on plastic production systems for the 2026 World Cup
  • Chemical strategies for perennial ryegrass control in mixed Kentucky bluegrass stands
  • Fertilizer programming, nutrient fate, and Kentucky bluegrass cultivar evaluations
  • Identification and management of lawn grass diseases
  • Crabgrass and broadleaf weed control research

Afternoon Diagnostic Walk (12:00 - 2:00 pm)

This year we’re mixing it up a little bit from our traditional weed and disease walk. We’re combining the weed and disease walk into one, here’s how it will work. We will split the attendees into two groups. One group will follow Dr. Vargas and Nancy Dykema on the disease diagnostic walk and the other group will follow Dr. Nikolai and Dr. Frank on the weed and cultural practices walk.

On the disease walk participants will learn how to identify the common turfgrass diseases and management options for common diseases including: dollar spot, brown patch, crown-rotting anthracnose, red thread, and pythium blight and root-rot. On the weed walk participants will learn how to identify the common turfgrass weeds and the best cultural and herbicide control options. The walk will include discussion of best management practices both with and without herbicides to ensure high turfgrass quality and most importantly customer satisfaction. 

MSU Athletic Fields Tour (12:00 – 2:00 pm)

The MSU athletic field tour is returning to field day and will visit Spartan Stadium and the baseball, softball, and soccer facility. Andy Flynn the head athletic field manager will lead the tour of the facilities. Discussion will include different establishment techniques used, herbicide recommendations for establishment during summer, and fertilizer programs to hasten establishment, along with management techniques used throughout the various sport seasons.

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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.
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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