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2023 MSU TURFGRASS FIELD DAY RECAP
Turfgrass Field Day, August 9th, 2023
Golf Tour Stops 9:00 - 11 :00 AM
1. Disease Management - Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and Nancy Dykema
2. Winterkill Reestablishment -Payton Perkinson and Dr. Kevin Frank
3. Poa Management Options and Robotic Mowers - Dr. Thom Nikolai
4. Capillary Hydroponic Putting Greens - Mike Rabe and Dr. Thom Nikolai
5. Drought and Winter Stress Research Update - Dr. Emily Holm
6. Sod on Plastic Production - Dr. Trey Rogers and Evan Rogers
Lawn/Athletics Tour Stops 9:00 - 11 :00 AM
7. Don't Guess, Test! Diagnostic Support for Management Decisions - Dr. Erin Hill
8. Sod on Plastic Production - Dr. Trey Rogers and Evan Rogers
9. Per rye and K blue establishment on plastic - Jackie Guevara and Dr. Trey Rogers
10. Developing a Natural Turf, Shallow Profile System - Ryan Bearss and Dr. Trey Rogers
11. PGRs and Sod on Plastic in No-Light Conditions - Jake Kilby and Dr. Trey Rogers
12. Turfgrass Disease Update - Dr. Joe Vargas and Nancy Dykema
Afternoon Tours 1- 3 pm
1. MSU Athletic Fields Tour: Bus departs at 11 :45 am from Hancock Turf Research Center (HTRC) and will take attendees to Spartan Stadium. After touring Spartan Stadium, soccer, baseball, and softball fields, bus will pick up attendees near Jennison Fieldhouse and return to HTRC.
2. The History of Pesticides and MDARD RLJles and Regulations Update: Bus departs HTRC at 11 :45 am. Presentation will be in 1200 Molecular Plant Sciences Bldg (attached to Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg.). Bus will return attendees to HTRC upon conclusion.
3. Disease Diagnostic Walk: Walk will depart from HTRC building at 12 pm and tour the plots at HTRC.
Turfgrass Field Day, August 9th 2023
7:30 AM Registration Opens
8:45 AM Opening Comments
Morning Research Tours
Golf Turf Research Tour (9 - 11 am):
Disease management strategies for golf turf – Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and his research team will discuss the effects of different fungicides on turfgrass rooting and fungicide efficacy on crown rot anthracnose.
Dollar spot management – Nancy Dykema will discuss several different dollar spot trials including biocontrol treatment options, the effect of creeping bentgrass cultivars, and dollar spot timing using the Smith-Kerns prediction model.
Plant growth regulators and robotic mowers for fairway maintenance – Dr. Thom Nikolai will discuss different PGR programs for fairways and attendees will be able to see first-hand how robotic mowers maintain a golf course fairway.
Winterkill reestablishment – Payton Perkinson and Dr. Kevin Frank will discuss putting green reestablishment practices in the spring. The effect of creeping bentgrass cultivar and Two-Putt annual bluegrass seeded on three dates on two different rootzones will be presented.
Update on summer and winter stress research on various turfgrass species – Dr. Emily Holm and her research team will discuss their progress on abiotic stress research projects ranging from summer drought stress to winterkill. The rainout shelter field will be highlighted.
Hydroponic putting green system – Mike Rabe will discuss the 1st research season of the hydroponic putting green that compares subsurface irrigation of variable depth putting greens to conventional USGA variable depth putting greens.
Lawn and Athletic Fields Turf Research Tour (9 – 11 am):
Identification and management of lawn grass diseases - Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and Nancy Dykema will discuss common lawn diseases such as red thread, dollar spot, rust, and brown patch. Fungicide recommendations and the effect of cultural practices such as irrigation and cultivation will be discussed.
Weed identification in the MSU weed garden – Dr. Erin Hill will lead a tour of the MSU weed garden which contains over 20 different common turf weeds. Identification tips and common herbicide or cultural control recommendations will be discussed.
The components and development of a natural turf, shallow profile system – Ryan Bearss
Tools for quantitative performance assessment of turfgrass systems – Evan Rogers
Plant growth regulator efficacy on sod grown on plastic, maintained under prolonged no-light conditions – Jake Kilby
Perennial ryegrass and Kentucky bluegrass establishment on plastic – Jackie Guevara
Lunch 11:00 am – 12:00 pm
Disease Diagnostic Walk (12:00 - 2:00 pm)
Nancy Dykema will lead participants on the disease diagnostic 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. The diagnostic walk will include discussion of best management practices both with and without fungicides 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. Transportation to/from Spartan Stadium will be provided.
The History of Pesticides and MDARD Rules and Regulations Update (12:00 – 2:00 pm)
Dr. Thomas A Nikolai will discuss the history of pesticides, toxicity, BMP’s and sustainable practices intertwined with MDARD rules and regulations. This presentation will be given in the Plant and Soil Science Building, transportation will be provided from to and from the HTRC.
2022 MSU Turfgrass Field Day RECAP
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
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.
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
Golf 2. The Effects of Soil Test Philosophy Recommendations on Creeping Bentgrass and Annual Bluegrass
Lawn & Athletic Fields 8. Disease Management in Lawns and Athletic Fields
Golf 3. Abiotic Stress Physiology of Putting Green Species
Lawn & Athletic Fields 9. The Long-Term Effect of Irrigation and Fertilizer Programs on Different Turfgrass Species
Golf 4. Racecourse Athletic Field Systems, and Golf Ball Reaction and Soil Strength Studies
Lawn & Athletic Fields 10, Golf 5. Outbreaks of Japanese Beetle Decline in Southern Michigan Due to Biological Control While Populations Increase in Northern Michigan
Golf 6. Turfgrass Weed Research
Highlights from the Afternoon Workshops:
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