Turf managers to see latest on lawns, greens and sports fields

July 25, 2012
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Doug Karcher, Associate Professor of Horticulture, 479-575-5723 / karcher@uark.edu

Mike Richardson, Associate Professor of Horticulture, 479-575-2860 / mricha@uark.edu

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Professional managers of turf for athletic fields, golf courses and lawns will see the latest equipment, products, technology and research at the annual University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Turfgrass Field Day Wednesday, Aug. 1, at the Arkansas Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AAREC).

Registration and a trade show will begin at 7:30 a.m. at the U of A horticulture research complex at what is commonly known as the U of A farm about 1.5 miles north of the university campus on North Garland Ave. The horticulture research complex is east of Garland Ave. on Cassatt St. and Young Ave.

The fee for those not pre-registered is $50, which includes lunch, a hat and a field day book.

A bus will leave at 9 a.m. for a tour of U of A athletic fields. Pat Berger, athletic facilities coordinator, will show a new grass practice field and a synthetic grass field on top of a parking structure.

Douglas Karcher, associate professor of horticulture, said golf course and lawn management issues will be addressed by university horticulturalists and industry professionals at the research farm.

Topics will include ways to improve tolerance of turf to stresses such as drought, heat and plant diseases, Karcher said. Irrigation efficiency using sensors and wetting agents will be discussed along with the use of biodiesel equipment.

A leading turfgrass pathologist, University of Missouri Professor Lee Miller, will discuss grass disease management.
Roberto Ruggeri, a visiting scientist from Italy, will speak on screening drought tolerant turf grasses.

Mark Brown, a Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service specialist, will present results from a survey of Arkansas homeowners about irrigation habits.

Pesticide recertification training will be conducted from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m.