New turfgrass handbook available through AgriLife Extension

Homeowners and professional turfgrass managers now have a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service publication available to help them when selecting herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control common turfgrass pests.

Weed, Insect, and Disease Control in Turfgrass was authored by AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialists Dr. Casey Reynolds, College Station; Dr. Matt Elmore, Dallas; and Dr. Young-Ki Jo, College Station; as well as Diane Silcox Reynolds, a postdoctoral research associate. Continue reading

Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference in Tifton

By Kenzie Kesselring, University of Georgia

Sod farmers, landscape professionals and sports turf managers interested in learning more about the turfgrass industry’s latest innovations are invited to attend the 70th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference.

The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 26, at the University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The event will begin at 8 a.m., with registration and breakfast, and conclude at 5 p.m. Continue reading

AgriLife Extension experts provide crabgrass control advice for homeowners

by Paul Schattenberg, Texas A&M AgriLife

Given the recent warm temperatures in North Texas, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts have put out the word that now is the time to treat for crabgrass.

“With soil temperatures rising to the upper 50s and low 60s, we may see crabgrass germination very soon, especially if we get rain,” said Janet Hurley, AgriLife Extension program specialist at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas. “Now is a great time to apply pre-emergent herbicides.” Continue reading

Turfgrass short course to be offered in College Station Jan. 19-22

by Kay Ledbetter, Texas A&M AgriLife

A four-day Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course presented by the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will be held Jan. 19-22 on the Texas A&M University campus in College Station.

Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station, will present the educational workshop for anyone interested in the fundamentals of turfgrass physiology and management. Continue reading

Native Grasses as an Alternative to Turfgrasses in Out-of-Play Areas on Golf Courses

By Gerald S. Burgner, MLA and Danesha Seth Carley, PhD, NC State University

In the past few years, turfgrass researchers have been interested in native grasses as a replacement for some managed turfgrass areas. Traditional turfgrasses generally require more resources, especially on home lawns and golf courses. Typically, native grasses require less fertilization, are more drought tolerant, and are more disease and insect resistant. Severe droughts over the past few years have increased the public’s awareness of and requests for low-input turf-type grasses. Fortunately, continued breeding and wider-spread use of native grasses have led to the production of high quality native grasses that can stand up to the expectations of golf course superintendents and homeowners. Continue reading

Extension Specialist in Weed Science for Turfgrass, Landscapes, Pastures and Forages

Nature and Purpose: This is a search for an Extension Specialist in Weed Science for Turfgrass, Landscapes, Pastures and Forages at the assistant or associate professor level. The position is tenure-track or, if appropriate, tenured. The Specialist is a member of the Department of Plant Biology and Pathology and provides statewide leadership to county and state faculty and others serving the turfgrass, landscape, pasture and forage industries and related fields. The Specialist provides expertise in weed science through research and interpretation of research results in the area of improved management and environmental practices, including weed ecology and management. The Specialist develops and coordinates the materials and resources supporting county and state educational programming in weed science and management. Through research and engagement with the New Jersey turfgrass, landscape, pasture and forage industries, the Specialist provides support for the long-term health of these industries and serves as a critical bridge in networking with allied fields. Continue reading

Ten projects funded with SIPMC IPM Enhancement Grant

Ten projects totaling $295,773 will examine various pest management issues in the South, funded by IPM Enhancement Grants from the Southern IPM Center. Projects include agricultural pest management issues such as wireworms in sweet potatoes and spotted wing drosophila, nursery pest management issues in shrub production, and urban pest management issues in schools and rain gardens. The following includes this year’s funded IPM Enhancement Grants: Continue reading