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Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences
Associate Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences.
Specializes in professional turfgrass management of golf courses, athletic fields, sod production and landscape turf.
Research program focuses on developing turfgrass nutrition programs, assessing the environmental fate of fertilizer applications to turfgrass, investigating irrigation practices, and management strategies to alleviate winterkill of turfgrass. Dr. Frank conducts turfgrass cultivar evaluations through the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program and also conducts fertilizer product evaluations in turfgrass.
August 13, 2015 | Yellow nutsedge is appearing in turfgrass. This article describes nutsedge and presents control options for homeowners and professional applicators.
August 7, 2015 | Mowers and other repetitive movement can leave tracks on lawns during hot, dry weather.
July 28, 2015 | The MSU Turfgrass Field Day includes presentations and workshops covering golf, lawn and athletic field research.
July 9, 2015 | Near record-breaking rainfall amounts in June have resulted in some turfgrass areas starting to suffer from waterlogged soils, diseases and nutrient deficiencies.
June 26, 2015 | White clover is one tough weed to control and seems to be invading lawns and turfgrass everywhere this summer.
May 27, 2015 | Now is when seedheads push through turfgrass, orange and yellow hawkweed flowers and slime mold covers turf blades.
April 30, 2015 | There are several reasons other than grubs that may keep turfgrass from greening up, like deicing salt injury and dog spot.
April 10, 2015 | Using growing degree days (GDD) is a valuable tool for predicting pest outbreaks and scheduling applications.
April 9, 2015 | Poa annua putting greens have been showing signs of stress in the last week that may be related to winterkill.
March 19, 2015 | As spring officially arrives, there are some lawn care activities that are timely and others that should wait.