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  • 25 Nov 2023 1:09 PM | Anonymous

    May 2023 - "Growing cool-season sod on plastic in Mexico City!"

    May 2023 - Our new 7,500 ft2 site for sod on plastic production. Laser graded by Homefield field construction, topped with duraedge"

    May 2023 - "The Spartans visit the famed, Estadio Azteca on their way to establish sod on plastic--Mexico City"

    June 2023 - "Ryan Bearss PhD project comparing the rooting capabilities and strength of four sod production systems. Conventionally grown sod, sod on plastic, conventionally grown sod left on plastic (1-month), sod on plastic rooted for 1-month, root-sheared and transplanted"

    June 2023 - "Dr. Trey Rogers and Graduate students Jake Kilby and Jackie Guevara in attendance and Dr. Rogers talks with Michigan Bentgrass sod farmer Kent Falgner"

    June 2023 - "New sod on plastic production site topdressed and ready to go... Jackie Guevaras PhD project evaluating various prg:kbg seeding ratios and seeding rates"

    June 2023 - "Perennial ryegrass sod? This sod was grown over plastic and at time of image, is 6-months old"

    June 2023 - "Sod on plastic grown on an asphalt surface can be difficult to harvest. Here, I am using a CONCRETE SAW to separate and harvest treatments"

    June 2023 - "Jackie Guevara and honorary lab member, Lane Suplito (my fiancee) pull a germination blanket over Jackies phd work."

    July 2023 - "All the way from Rotterdam, the SiSgrass 'Revolution' stitching machine arrives at MSU. Would ultimately stitch 2,000 ft for research and evaluation"

    July 2023 - "Sisgrass stitched grass"

    July 2023 - "Another angle of stitched grass from the side. This picture is interesting because it is one of the first times the sis stictch machine stitched 50-60 mm (typically 15-20 cm)"

    July 2023 - "Jake Kilby and Jackie Guevara use sod rakes to cut and move Jake's sod for his graduate research experiment"

  • 17 Feb 2023 11:27 AM | Anonymous

    1.Eric Galbraith, research technician for Dr. Nikolai and Dr. Frank, applies Poa annua seed head control treatments on Poa annua/creeping bentgrass research greens at the HTRC on February 12, 2023.  The study is funded by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and results will be posted in the spring. Initial seed head control treatments were applied November 28, 2021.

    2.. Leaf-mulching studies at MSU changed the way the United States of America disposes of leaf-litter each fall.  In the fall of 2022 two new MTF Funded Leaf-mulching studies were initiated and a 3rd leaf mulching study entered year two.  In the image above:   20 pounds of leaf-litter were mulched into plots that covered 35 square feet.  Area to the left of the marking is the control plot.  On the right is the mulched area of the plot.

    MTF Research Summary

    Thomas A Nikolai PhD, Eric J. Galbraith, Mike Rabe

    Michigan State University

    February 2023

    For a review of additional research by Dr. Nikolai click link:

    Link to MTF Research Summary: https://michiganturfgrassfoundation.wildapricot.org/resources/Turf%20Updates/2023%20MTF%20Research%20Summary%20-%20Nikolai%20(002).pdf

  • 03 Nov 2022 1:42 PM | Anonymous

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation Student scholarships will be bestowed to students enrolled in the 2- or 4-year Turfgrass Programs. 5 Scholarships are available to students who are registered as student members of the MTF and with qualifying requirements as stated for each individual award:

    The Norman W. Kramer Scholar Award

    The Robert Hancock Memorial Scholarship Award

    The Kenyon T. Payne Outstanding Student Award

    The Sports & Commercial Turf Award

    The Shanty Creek Resort SAS Scholarship Award

    Click on any of the links above to learn more about the scholarship and qualifying requirements.

    • Deadline for Submission: Monday, December 5th , 2022
    • Interviews for awards: Wednesday, December 14th, 2022
    • Awards Presented: Michigan Turfgrass Conference – January 10th -12th 2023

    Any questions regarding the application may be directed to:

    miturfgrass@gmail.com or 517-392-5003

    Apply for student scholarships here

  • 21 Sep 2022 11:36 AM | Anonymous

    Alex Piotrowski of Shanty Creek Resort (right) presented a scholarship check to Michigan Turfgrass Foundation President, Curt Boak at Thursday's MSU Turf Student Icebreaker Day.  The new scholarship will be added to the current opportunities offered by the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation including the Norman W. Kramer, Robert Hancock, Kenyon Payne and Sports and Commercial Turf scholarships.

    Shanty Creek Resort is a four seasons resort in Bellaire Michigan. SCR recognizes the variety of skills that turf management graduates possess- agronomy, human resources, equipment operation and maintenance, financial analysis and budgeting, irrigation, construction, etc. We are looking to the future of not only the resort industry but more specific the development in the education of young turf management students. We believe that the skill set that most turf graduates possess lend to a greater potential in the abilities to adapt, problem solve and persevere in an array of situations.

    The Superintendents As Executives (SAE) scholarship will be awarded to a student that not only excels in the turf management program but also show an interest in a secondary concentration in business or a related field. The goal of this scholarship is to reward-students who show the aptitude and ambition to grow in our industry in leadership positions beyond turf management. SCR wants to inspire future turf graduates to progress into positions as Directors of Agronomy, General Managers and Executives.

    SAE Scholarship Award

    1. Number of awards annually: One

    2. Amount of award: $2,500.00

    3. Basis for award: Grade point average of 3.0 or above

    4. Program Eligibility: All Programs

    5. Applicant is requested to be a student member of the MTF

    6. Student possesses the traits listed in the award description

    7. When awarded: At annual awards ceremony

    MTF Scholarships and Awards Information

  • 15 Jul 2022 8:51 AM | Anonymous

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    Joe Vargas nailing “Johnny be good” at the Axelborg Hall in Copenhagen Denmark at the ITRC2022 closing dinner.

    The 14th International Research Conference happens every 4 years. The International Turfgrass Research Society was started by Dr. James Beard. It’s a 5 day conference and Dr Beard was recognized and Joe Vargas was among those who said words of tribute and even shed some tears. Its the top world wide conference for Turfgrass scientists. MSU and the MTF were represented by Joe (Dr. Vargas), Dr. Nikolai, who gave two presentations and Nancy Dykema.

    Photos by Thomas Nikolai, Ph.D.

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    May be an image of 4 people, people standing and indoor

  • 06 Jul 2022 10:22 AM | Anonymous

    Recently, Michigan State University hosted the Dean Shippey Diamond Classic at McLane Stadium.  It gave us a chance to check in with Andy Flynn, Athletics Turf Manager for MSU and get an inside look at their operations. 

      Flynn and his team were preparing for upcoming MHSAA Girls State Soccer Finals as well as Baseball Semis and State Finals for all four divisions. It’s a lot of work that includes management of the entire facility during the events. In addition to the field maintenance, his crew takes care of all landscaping and the field equipment including the goals, nets, tarps, paint and clay work for each game.

    “The guys that I work with, they’re the ones that make it all happen. I’m super fortunate to have a great group of guys working here. Four have turfgrass degrees, (2) four year degrees, (2) two year degrees. All MSU grads. 4 full time guys, 2 turfgrass students and a couple part time employees.”

    Flynn took over as the Athletics Turf Manager two and a half years ago. After completing his Commercial Turf Degree in 2001 and Crop and Soil Science Degree in 2003, Flynn stayed at MSU, going to work at Forest Akers Golf Course.

    Two years later he transferred to the athletic fields and is now in charge of all the maintenance and upkeep of the MSU Varsity Athletic Fields. It includes (2) soccer fields, baseball and softball fields, the practice football complex and Spartan Stadium (15 acres of high maintenance/ high value turf) and the general grounds (rough), Landscaping and other common areas.

    The crew, at this point in the season, is a staff of 9 full and part time people. “Most of the turf students do internships somewhere in the summertime, we’re lucky enough to have some stick around. Spring and Fall we have more part time help because it's busier, and of course we have the turf students. We get them part time to help out with stuff. We are fortunate to have a turf program, just on the other side of campus.”

    When asked about some of the differences between golf turf maintenance vs athletic fields, Flynn noted that golf courses are more turf intensive. “Athletic field cutting is at higher heights. We have other variables to deal with like 350 pound guys tearing up the field. We spend a lot of time regenerating plants and pushing recovery.”

    “We love taking care of the fields, there's a lot that goes into it, and a lot of pride that comes out of it.”

    The team was able to open up the inside facility for batting practice during a heavy rain delay during the Diamond Classic.

    Flynn started his education at Central Michigan University. A book called “Careers in Sports” helped him discover the turf program at MSU.

  • 09 May 2022 11:45 AM | Anonymous

    Turfgrass professionals, are you hiring?

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is now offering a new, jobs board resource for the turfgrass industry on our website, michiganturfgrass.org.  Industry partners will now be able to post job openings, include a logo and a link to their own website or social media listing.  

    Ads will run for two full months on michiganturfgrass.org (unless the position is filled) and can be renewed for as many months as needed.  Listings will also be shared via MTF social media outlets.  The cost will be $0.50 per word.  It will be offered to MTF Members at no charge.  

    June listings will be featured in our News Notes Summer Issue, set to be released June 1st, at no additional cost.  The deadline for submission to be featured is May 13th.

    To list on michiganturfgrass.org:  use the button link to send us an email with wording, external link and attached logo.

    Send Email

  • 06 May 2022 9:58 AM | Anonymous

    MSU Turf Team Recognized at GAM Awards Luncheon

    It had been three years since the Golf Association of Michigan was able to hold an in person Annual Meeting.  This year's event was held on Wednesday at Eagle Eye Golf Club in Bath, Michigan.  Members of the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation and the Michigan State University Turf Team were in attendance as the association recognized the team's contribution to golf in the state of Michigan.

    Dr. Kevin Frank presents the latest Turf Research projects ongoing at MSU and the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation's Tee Times 4 Turf auction.

    MTF Executive Director, Carey Mitchelson, presents the latest Michigan Turfgrass Foundation initiatives, including the Joe Vargas Chair in Turfgrass Pathology.

    Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences Professor and Chairperson, Dr. Brian Horgan, discusses the program and introduces members of the Turf Team.

    Dr. David Smitley accepts MSU Turf Team recognition. 

    Dr. Joe Vargas thanks the GAM for their impact on the game of golf in Michigan.

    Auction closes at 7pm Sunday!

    "If you keep inviting me, I will keep coming!"

    MSU Professor Dr. Thom Nikolai, MSU Golfer James Piot, MTF Executive Director Carey Mitchelson

    GAM Awards

    Mia Melendez - 15 & Under Girls Player of the Year
    Max VanderMolen - 15 & Under Boys Player of the Year
    Sophie Stevens - Girls Player of the Year
    PJ Maybank - Boys Player of the Year
    Terry Delcamp - Senior Women's Player of the Year
    Rick Herpich - Super Senior Player of the Year
    Jerry Gunthorpe - Senior Player of the Year
    Kimberly Dinh - Women's Player of the Year 
    James Piot - Men's Player of the Year 

    Ron Dahlin, The Meadows at GVSU - GAM Superintendent of Merit Award
    Phil Holmblade - Course Rater of the Year
    Erik Haneberg - James D. Standish Jr. Award - U of M
    Christian Jackson - James D. Standish Jr. Award - MSU
    LPGA USGA Girls Golf - MWGA - Champion of DE&I Award
    Glenn Pulice, Royal Oak Golf Center - Club Services Award
    Lee Juett, GAM President Emeritus - GAM Distinguished Service Award

  • 26 Jan 2022 8:47 AM | Anonymous



    Dear Legislative Members and Staff,

    Michigan State University has been a leader in the plant sciences since MSU’s founding in 1855 and has maintained a stronghold in agriculture research. The MSU Plant Science Greenhouse Complex and its controlled environment complexes have supplied space for AgBioResearch and Project GREEEN related research, met our needs regarding teaching, and generated knowledge to be shared with stakeholders, growers, and industry through MSU Extension. Greenhouses and growth chambers are reliable, modern, and energy-efficient facilities that are necessary to foster research and assist in solutions for global food security. However, the greenhouse complex does not currently provide the space or technology to remain competitive. The MSU greenhouse and controlled environment complexes are too outdated to provide unique simulated environments necessary to meet the demands of modern research. For example, these facilities are no longer adequate to perform the types of research that simulate the stresses plants currently face and will likely face in the future.

    Two-thirds of the greenhouses were built from 1955 to 1978 and lack modern, energy-efficient design. Moreover, the MSU greenhouses lack the climate-control systems that provide scientists with the precise conditions needed to perform targeted research trials. Updated greenhouses will help MSU scientists provide research to our industries and communities to prosper and thrive long into the future.

    Learn more about plant science greenhouse research here. Stories you will find there include:

    1.       Greenhouses are an invaluable resource for faculty and students, but to maintain MSU’s leadership in plant science, upgrades are critical.

    2.       MSU microbial ecologist Ashley Shade is seeking to learn more about how microbes positively affect plant health and adapt to environmental pressures.

    3.       Rebecca Grumet has dedicated her career to assisting specialty crop growers as an expert in reproductive development and disease resistance in cucurbit crops such as cucumbers, melons, squash, and watermelons.



    Kelly Millenbah, Interim Dean, College of Agriculture and Natural Resources

    Quentin Tyler, Director, MSU Extension

    George Smith, Director, AgBioResearch 

    Patrick Cudney, Director, Government and Stakeholder Relations




    MSU College of Agriculture and Natural Resources | canr.msu.edu

  • 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

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