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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.
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.
March 2, 2015 | Ice sheets have once again formed on putting greens this winter and damage to turfgrass may occur.
November 14, 2014 | The Great Lakes School of Turfgrass Science Online begins Jan. 7, 2015, with instructors from eight universities in the Great Lakes region.
October 2, 2014 | Now is the time to prepare golf course turfgrass for surviving the upcoming winter.
August 28, 2014 | The Labor Day holiday signals the unofficial end to summer and also a great reminder that September is a key time for homeowners looking to spruce up the lawn.
July 31, 2014 | Crabgrass has emerged in many turf areas, there are several herbicide options available for postemergence control.
July 9, 2014 | Grass is growing vigorously due to frequent rainfall and mild temperatures, and in some instances, lawns are now hungry and nutrient deficient.
June 6, 2014 | The warm, dry conditions over the Memorial Day weekend caught some turf unprepared.