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  • 13 Apr 2020 3:10 PM | Anonymous

    Join the MSU Turf Team for our weekly webinar at 1 pm EST. This week Dr. Jeff Andresen will provide a weather update, GCSAA President John Fulling from Kalamazoo CC will provide an update from GCSAA and then we will have a panel of superintendents from around the state discuss current maintenance operations. Superintendent panelists will include: John Fulling, Rob Steger, Steve Hammon, Doug Ware, Gene Davis and  MiGCSA Executive Director Adam Ikamas.

    You are invited to weekly Zoom webinars. 

    When: Starting Apr 14, 2020 01:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

    Every week on Tue, until May 19, 2020, 6 occurrence(s)

    Apr 14, 2020 1:00 PM
    Apr 21, 2020 1:00 PM
    Apr 28, 2020 1:00 PM
    May 5, 2020  1:00 PM
    May 12, 2020 1:00 PM
    May 19, 2020 1:00 PM

    Put on your calendar for future dates:

    Please download and import the following iCalendar (.ics) files to your calendar system.
    Weekly: https://msu.zoom.us/webinar/v5Yqc-6rrzgpN_zpbzASV__UQ35CsXcmiQ/ics?icsToken=98tyKuuqqT8tGdWWs1-Ca7cqW9r_bOHmkl9xsLNfhj7WNR9sVzKlY8FRCrFyGemB
    Topic: MSU Turf Team Update 

    To join the April 14 1:00 Webinar - Please click link below:


    Use Password: 989266

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    Thank you

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation

  • 13 Apr 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous

    New information regarding golf on the Q&A page regarding Executive Order 2020-42 FAQs .

    Q: Are golf courses allowed to stay open? 

    A: No. While EO 2020-42 contemplates outdoor activity, opening a golf course to the public does not fall under the designation of critical infrastructure. Consequently, a golf course may not designate employees as critical infrastructure workers and authorize them come to work for that purpose. Golf courses may designate workers whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to conduct minimum basic operations, such as ensuring security.  Minimum basic operations do not include serving the public. Under the order, all work must be carried out remotely to the greatest extent possible, and any in-person work that is permitted must be done in accordance with the mitigation measures required under section 10 of the order. 

    Section 10

    10. Businesses, operations, and government agencies that continue in-person work must adhere to sound social distancing practices and measures, which include but are not limited to:

    1. Developing a COVID-19 preparedness and response plan, consistent with recommendations in Guidance on Preparing Workplaces for COVID-19, developed by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration and available here. Such plan must be available at company headquarters or the worksite.
    1. Restricting the number of workers present on premises to no more than is strictly necessary to perform the business’s, operation’s, or government agency’s critical infrastructure functions or its minimum basic operations.
    1. Promoting remote work to the fullest extent possible.
    1. Keeping workers and patrons who are on premises at least six feet from one another to the maximum extent possible.
    1. Increasing standards of facility cleaning and disinfection to limit worker and patron exposure to COVID-19, as well as adopting protocols to clean and disinfect in the event of a positive COVID-19 case in the workplace.
    1. Adopting policies to prevent workers from entering the premises if they display respiratory symptoms or have had contact with a person with a confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19.
    1. Any other social distancing practices and mitigation measures recommended by the CDC.

    Full Executive Order 2020-42 (COVID-19)

  • 06 Apr 2020 6:17 PM | Anonymous

    April 6, 2020

    How Cutting Height Effects Top-Growth
    Dr. Thomas A. Nikolai & Dr. Kevin Frank

    Essential maintenance for a golf course could be defined as anything normally performed on a regular basis that maintains long term turfgrass health. If we didn’t consider it essential maintenance, then it is unlikely it would be performed as it would simply cost money without any significant value in improving turf quality or performance.  

    Putting Green Height of Cut Study

    Over the years there have been several height-of-cut (HOC) studies performed at Michigan State University.  In 2013 we initiated a bentgrass putting green HOC study. Clipping weights are presented in Table 1. There were 3 HOC in the study and the results showed the lowest HOC always had  the highest clipping weight (i.e. the lower the cutting height the more top-growth). The differences in clipping weights were especially greater in May than the summer months. If you can only mow your putting greens 3-4 times per week raising the HOC should reduce top-growth and reduce the likelihood of scalping resulting from reduced mowing frequency. 

     Table 1. 2013 Putting Green height of cut (HOC) study. Clippings weights in grams.

    Lawn or Golf Course Rough Height of Cut Study

    In 2019 a lawn care or golf course rough HOC study was initiated on a Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass, and fine leaf fescue mixture. HOC was 2, 2.5, and 3-inches. Clipping weights  are presented in Table 2. Once again, the lowest HOC always produced the highest clipping weight.  

    Take Home Summary

    These two studies show that raising mowing heights whether it’s for putting greens or higher cut turf such as lawns or golf course roughs will result in less top-growth between mowing. 

    Photo 1. Height of cut study funded by the MTF in 2019, will continue in 2020 and 2021.

    Table 2. 2019 Lawn mixture height of cut (HOC) study results from 2019.  Clipping weights in grams.

    As a reminder Dr. Kevin Frank will be hosting a webinar, Tuesday at 1pm.  Click the banner below for information.

  • 02 Apr 2020 12:05 PM | Anonymous

    Next Tuesday, April 7th at 1:00 pm EDT the MSU Turf Team along with Dr. Jeff Andresen, State Climatologist for Michigan with MSU Department of Geography with support from the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation, will be hosting a live webinar to discuss the upcoming weather forecast and priorities for Superintendents who will be doing minimal maintenance during the closures of golf courses in Michigan. To make sure they are covering current topics they have asked for our members to submit questions for them to review and discuss during this meeting. Please take a minute to answer this one question survey with what you would like to know. 

    Click Here for the Survey

    Click Here for the Meeting Link

    Important you will need a password for this webinar it is: 989266

  • 31 Mar 2020 12:55 PM | Anonymous

    Reduced maintenance on athletic fields and lawns due to novel coronavirus

    Turfgrass management considerations for athletic fields and home lawns during the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order.

    Kevin FrankMichigan State University Extension, Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences - March 30, 2020

    At Governor Whitmer’s news conference on March 26, 2020, she stated that landscape services are not included as a business necessary to sustain or protect life. I’m honestly not sure if athletic field maintenance also falls under this prevue, but my best guess would be that it does. Proceeding under the premise that both athletic field and lawn care maintenance are to cease through the April 13 “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, the following is important to consider when maintenance does resume.

    Although it’s been an early spring to this point, Mother Nature is still somewhat on our side. My only turf observations now are limited to my lawn, lawns on my daily walk and pictures on social media. At least in mid-Michigan, lawns and athletic fields have not required mowing yet. My expectation would be that although top-growth will certainly begin to accelerate, growth will not spiral out of control in the next couple weeks. When mowing does resume, consideration may need to be given to mowing at a higher than standard mowing height and slowly decreasing it over time to prevent any scalping injury that would set the turf back. Obviously, homeowners may still mow their lawns, so these comments are directed at professional management of lawns and athletic fields.

    Many might have questions about crabgrass preemergence herbicide applications at this time. Using GDD Tracker, most mid- to southern portions Michigan are quickly approaching the optimum application window for preventative herbicides. The optimum application window stretches from 250 to 500 growing degree days (GDD) using a base 32 temperature. East Lansing, Michigan, for example has accumulated 190 GDD through March 26 and is forecast to reach the optimum application window on March 30. Although we’ll hit the optimum application window next week, it’s likely we’ll stay there for at least two weeks if not longer.

    Even if we’re outside of the optimum timing when business resumes, you still have options. Herbicides that contain the active ingredient dithiopyr (Dimension) are effective up to the two-leaf stage of crabgrass, which even this year probably wouldn’t occur until early May. I discussed this issue with Dave Gardner from the Ohio State University. He indicated that in the numerous trials he’s conducted over the years, as long as crabgrass is not visible in the stand, all the typical preemergence herbicides are still generally effective and possibly a better option than relying solely on postemergence control.

    For athletic fields that may not typically apply a preemergence herbicide due to spring seeding, keep in mind the herbicides Mesotrione (Tenacity) and topramezone (Pylex) can be good choices in certain situations. Both of these products can be applied on the same day of seeding Kentucky bluegrass for crabgrass control during establishment, but be careful and read the label about applications on other cool-season turf species.

    We are all clearly in unprecedented times as this is the time of year when turf management is usually busy with activity preparing turf for the coming season. Stay safe, we’ll get through this and I’m confident we’ll be able to get the turf back in top condition sooner rather than later.  

    This article was published by Michigan State University Extension. For more information, visit https://extension.msu.edu. To have a digest of information delivered straight to your email inbox, visit https://extension.msu.edu/newsletters. To contact an expert in your area, visit https://extension.msu.edu/experts, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

  • 27 Mar 2020 10:04 AM | Anonymous

    Dear {Contact_First_Name} {Contact_Last_Name},

    Yesterday evening, March 26th, the Michigan Golf Alliance was informed of the new stance regarding golf on the Q&A page regarding Executive Order 2020-21 by the Governors Deputy Director of Public Affairs.

    Q: Are golf courses allowed to stay open?

    A: No. While EO 2020-21 contemplates outdoor activity, opening a golf course to the public does not fall under the designation of critical infrastructure. Consequently, a golf course may not designate employees as critical infrastructure employees and authorize them come to work

    However please still refer to section 4b.

    For purposes of this order, workers who are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations are those whose in-person presence is strictly necessary to allow the business or operation to maintain the value of inventory and equipment, care for animals, ensure security, process transactions (including payroll and employee benefits), or facilitate the ability of other workers to work remotely.

    Businesses and operations must determine which of their workers are necessary to conduct minimum basic operations and inform such workers of that designation. Businesses and operations must make such designations in writing, whether by electronic message, public website, or other appropriate means. Such designations, however, may be made orally until March 31, 2020 at 11:59 pm.

    The Alliance has submitted this letter regarding maintenance to the Governors office. It is still up to each facility to interpret Executive Order 2020-21 as it applies to their business and to consult with local authorities. 



  • 24 Mar 2020 9:42 AM | Anonymous

    The Michigan Golf Alliance has been in frequent direct contact over the last 24 hours with Governor Gretchen Whitmer's Press Secretary Tiffany Brown & Sarah Triplett her Deputy Chief of Staff to gain clarification on golf for play & the important maintenance needed in the spring. As soon as we get direct information from the Governor's office on this we will share across all Golf Alliance platforms immediately. This is the top priority for every member of the MGA and we are doing all we can to get answers as soon as possible. Thank you for your patience.

  • 20 Dec 2019 12:37 PM | Anonymous

    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation would like to congratulate our 2020 Scholarship Awardees. Award Presentations will be held during the 2020 Michigan Turfgrass Conference. Early registration for the conference ends on December 27th https://michiganturfgrassfoundation.wildapricot.org/Michiga…

    Norman W. Kramer Outstanding Student Award $2500

    Michael Rabe

    Robert Hancock Memorial Service Award $2000

    Jerod Pell IV

    Kenyon T. Payne Outstanding Student Award $2000

    Alex Scott

  • 09 Dec 2019 10:18 AM | Anonymous


    2020 Michigan Turfgrass
    Conference Guide - 90th Anniversary




    The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is proud to present the Conference Guide for this year's Michigan Turfgrass Conference.  Please click the photo above to read about this years event.  Early Registration for the Conference ends on December 27th, so Sign Up today!


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  • 11 Nov 2019 10:25 AM | Anonymous

    You won't want to miss the 2020 MTF Michigan Turfgrass Conference. 
    MSU Kellogg Center, East Lansing Michigan

    Michigan Turfgrass Conference

    January 7-9 2020, MSU Kellogg Center

    The dates are set for the 2020 MTF Michigan Turfgrass Conference.  We hope you can join us for this 90th year of continuing turfgrass education!

    Register for this year's Conference

    January  7-9, 2020
    3 Day, 1 Day and Equipment Technicians sessions available.  Click here for a full schedule and more information.

    Donate to the Graduate Student Silent Auction

    All proceeds from the Silent Auction support Graduate Assistantship for ongoing graduate student positions at MSU.  Click here for the donation form.

    Sponsorship Opportunities

    Available Sponsorship's:
    Coffee Sponsor
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    Click here for more information

    Thank you to our latest Graduate Student Silent Auction Donor. A. John Harvey Golf Course Design is offering a 1/2 day visit to your club!

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