Field day to feature turfgrass research, tips, exhibits

July 28, 2008
Contact Information:

Aaron Patton, Extension Turfgrass Specialist
479-575-2612 / ajpatton@uark.edu

Fred Miller, Agricultural Communication Services
479-575-5647 / fmiller@uark.edu

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Josh Landreth

Graduate student Josh Landreth describes variety trials for golf and sports turf varieties during last year’s University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture Turfgrass Research Field Day.

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Anyone who grows grass for fun or profit, or just because it came with the house, will find something of interest at the Turfgrass Field Day Wednesday, Aug. 6, at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center.

The field day will include tours of research projects, educational sessions and commercial exhibits. It is sponsored by the horticulture department of the University of Arkansas System’s Division of Agriculture and Dale Bumpers College of Agricultural, Food and Life Sciences at the U of A in Fayetteville.

The location is the Horticulture Field Lab at the research and extension center on Cassatt Street north of Agri Park on Garland Avenue (Hwy. 112). Directions and a registration form are online at http://turf.uark.edu/education/field.html.

Registration fee is $30 in advance or $35 on-site and includes lunch, a “Turf Science” cap and handouts. A morning session begins at 8 a.m. Lunch will be provided for those who register by July 30 and others as long as it lasts. An afternoon session will be from 1:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Aaron Patton, assistant professor in the horticulture department of the Division of Agriculture and Bumpers College, said exhibits will feature equipment, chemicals, services and professional associations.

“The field day is mainly for professionals, but homeowners could also learn something about managing their lawn or landscape,” Patton said. Three tour options will focus on golf course management, lawns and landscapes, or athletic fields.

Turfgrass research on display will include evaluation of grass varieties for drought tolerance. Other topics of general interest will include tips on irrigation, weed control, plants for home landscaping and pesticide safety.

The horticulture department conducts statewide Division of Agriculture research and extension programs and provides the B.S. degree curriculum for the “Horticulture, Landscape and Turf Sciences” major, an M.S. degree in horticulture and a Ph.D. degree in plant science.