Turfgrass industry invited to MSU campus for Michigan Turfgrass Field Day

The Michigan Turfgrass Field Day at MSU’s Hancock Turfgrass Research Center is August 14.

''The Michigan Turfgrass Field Day will be held August 14 at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center on the MSU campus (4444 Farm Lane East Lansing, MI 48823). Preregistration is available until August 9.

Registration is online at the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation website.


7:45-8:45 a.m. Registration
8:45-9:00 a.m. Opening comments
9:00-11:00 a.m. Research tour
11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Lunch (included with registration)
12:30-2:30 p.m. Afternoon workshops and tours

There will be two research tours for attendees to select from: Golf and Lawn/Athletic Fields.

Golf Research Tour

  • Mower studies – impact of bed knife placement on green quality.
  • Bacterial etiolation on creeping bentgrass putting greens.
  • Effects of drought and traffic stresses on physiological responses and water use characteristics of creeping bentgrass and Poa annua.
  • Managing summer stress on Poa annua and creeping bentgrass greens and fairways.
  • A combination of lightweight rolling and sand topdressing programs to decrease pesticide inputs and enhance fairway turfgrass quality.
  • Anthracnose control on greens and fairways.
  • Poa annua control on putting greens.
  • The new Schwartzkopf Field Laboratory and phytohormone responses to Primo application.

Lawns and Athletic Fields

  • Spray nozzle dynamics and selection for optimal pesticide efficacy.
  • Nutrient runoff following fertilizer applications.
  • Necrotic ring spot cultural and fungicide management programs.
  • National Turfgrass Evaluation Program Kentucky bluegrass athletic field wear test.
  • Rolling athletic fields for improved performance and player safety.
  • New herbicide technology for goosegrass, crabgrass and nimblewill control in cool-season turf.
  • Postemergence crabgrass control.
  • Insecticide and cultural recommendations for minimizing grub injury

Afternoon Workshops (12:30-2:30 p.m.)

1. Disease Walk

The MSU Turf Pathology research team will lead this diagnostic tour for pathogens at the Turf Center. If you have difficulty distinguishing between Laetisaria fuciformis and Limnomyces roseipellis on your golf course you definitely need to attend this workshop. Participants will learn:

  • How to identify common turfgrass diseases using both infield techniques and microscopes.
  • Management options for common diseases including dollar spot, brown patch, crown-rotting anthracnose, red thread, and pythium blight and root-rot.
  • How to recognize the symptoms of summer decline of bentgrass and Poa annua.

2. Weed Walk

As the weed walk enters its lucky 13th year, the summer of 2012 left some tremendous voids in the turf where weeds were more than happy to fill in. You’ll tour the Turf Center and learn identification characteristics of the common turf weeds and the best control practices. The tour will include discussion of best management practices both with and without herbicides to ensure high turfgrass quality and most importantly customer satisfaction.

3. MSU Athletic Field Tour (on campus)

The athletic field tour will visit three sites on the MSU campus to learn about new field establishment and compare two synthetic turf fields. The field at the DeMartin Soccer Complex was killed following the conclusion of the fall 2012 season and seeded to Kentucky bluegrass May 13, 2013. The previous field was contaminated with Poa supina and the desire to have a uniform turf stand capable of withstanding all season use was the primary goal. Establishment practices for a summer seeding will be discussed including mowing, irrigation and pest management.

Next the tour will stop by the football practice field which is in the process of installing a new infill synthetic practice field, scheduled to be completed about a week before field day. The construction and maintenance of the infill synthetic field will be discussed.

Dr. Frank’s work is funded in part by MSU’s AgBioResearch.

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