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University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 3/7/19

March 7, 2019 - 8:54am

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a poster presentation and talks at a workshop.

Using Program R to analyze important turfgrass traits

March 3, 2019 - 8:34pm

By Garett Heineck

In my previous blog post, I discussed open source and commercial software that turfgrass scientists currently use to assess different variables.  In this post, I will introduce a new image analysis technique that has been developed at the University of Minnesota using program R.

New online training offered: Installation and Management of Roadside Turfgrass

February 28, 2019 - 3:49pm

Roadside turfgrass plays many important roles in the environment that include public safety, water quality, erosion prevention, cooling in urban areas, dust reduction, and aesthetics.  The UMN Turfgrass Science Team has developed a unique new online training course on the installation and management of this important part of the landscape. 

Image analysis tools for turfgrass managers and scientists

February 26, 2019 - 8:38am

By Garett Heineck

Visual assessment of turfgrass stands is done, intentionally or passively, by anyone who owns or maintains lawns. Turfgrass scientists, golf course superintendents and sports field managers intentionally collect data on turf for various purposes, while homeowners may casually observe their lawns making only mental notes. Automated data collection methods can replace visual assessment of several traits such as winter survival and disease incidence  

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 2/18/19

February 18, 2019 - 1:52pm

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a podcast and several upcoming presentations at regional conferences.

Making sense of light data: Light quality

February 10, 2019 - 7:45pm

By Dominic Petrella

Shade can be stressful for turfgrasses due to decreasing photosynthesis, causing turfgrass to produce leaves that are more susceptible to traffic damage and disease incidence.  Turfgrasses grown in shade may not perform very well due to decreased density.  While we understand that shade is stressful, it’s commonly forgotten that there are two different types of shade, qualitative shade and quantitative shade (both having different properties) that can lead to these detrimental changes in turfgrass growth. 

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 2/8/19

February 8, 2019 - 9:15am

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. We have an upcoming presentation on irrigation from Dr. Dan Sandor and a research report with results from our Regional Optimization of Roadside Turfgrass Seed Mixtures project.

If you build it, who will come? Evaluating the diversity of bees in flowering lawns

February 3, 2019 - 7:58pm

By James Wolfin

When you close your eyes, and envision the “perfect” front lawn, what comes to mind?  If I had to guess, I’d imagine that you are envisioning a lush, low-cut grass, with a deep green color that is uniform and free of weeds across the entirety of the landscape.  What the average land manager or homeowner may not consider is: How can we support our pollinators within the turf lawn?

Can fine fescue seed be produced in Minnesota?

January 17, 2019 - 10:16am

By David R. Herrera

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science program has been developing and testing fine fescue varieties for low-maintenance turfgrass use in the Midwestern United States. Because of the relative underuse of fine fescue turfgrass due to costly seed and limited availability, we are currently investigating fine fescue turfgrass species seed yield performance to determine how growers might begin producing this valuable commodity right here in Minnesota.

Can fine fescue seed be produced in Minnesota?

January 17, 2019 - 10:16am

By David R. Herrera

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science program has been developing and testing fine fescue varieties for low-maintenance turfgrass use in the Midwestern United States. Because of the relative underuse of fine fescue turfgrass due to costly seed and limited availability, we are currently investigating fine fescue turfgrass species seed yield performance to determine how growers might begin producing this valuable commodity right here in Minnesota.

2018 Turfgrass Cultivar Data is posted

January 13, 2019 - 8:50pm

By Eric Watkins

Each year, the turfgrass research team at the University of Minnesota evaluates thousands of plots for turf performance. The summarized results from 2018 are now posted on our cultivar evaluation results page. Checking results from local turfgrass evaluations is an important part of purchasing turfgrass seed.  I have briefly summarized some background information below on the rating and interpretation process to help you better understand these results.

2018 Turfgrass Cultivar Data is posted

January 13, 2019 - 8:50pm

By Eric Watkins

Each year, the turfgrass research team at the University of Minnesota evaluates thousands of plots for turf performance. The summarized results from 2018 are now posted on our cultivar evaluation results page. Checking results from local turfgrass evaluations is an important part of purchasing turfgrass seed.  I have briefly summarized some background information below on the rating and interpretation process to help you better understand these results.

Join the Turfgrass Science Team at Northern Green

December 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Several members of our team will be giving talks at Northern Green, a trade show and conference dedicated to green industry professionals.  Register now for this event held January 15-17, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

Join the Turfgrass Science Team at Northern Green

December 14, 2018 - 11:00am

Several members of our team will be giving talks at Northern Green, a trade show and conference dedicated to green industry professionals.  Register now for this event held January 15-17, 2019 at the Minneapolis Convention Center!

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 12/10/18

December 10, 2018 - 4:18pm

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. We have an article, a conference presentation and an upcoming educational opportunity to register for the Great Lakes of Turfgrass Science Course!

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media 12/10/18

December 10, 2018 - 4:18pm

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. We have an article, a conference presentation and an upcoming educational opportunity to register for the Great Lakes of Turfgrass Science Course!

Turfgrass Science Team posters from the 2018 ASA & CSSA Annual Meeting

December 7, 2018 - 9:13am

The Turfgrass Science team at the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA and CSSA Annual Meeting held on November 4-7, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Read on for a summary of the wide variety of topics covered by our researchers and be sure to check out the links with the full poster content.

Turfgrass Science Team posters from the 2018 ASA & CSSA Annual Meeting

December 7, 2018 - 9:13am

The Turfgrass Science team at the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA and CSSA Annual Meeting held on November 4-7, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Read on for a summary of the wide variety of topics covered by our researchers and be sure to check out the links with the full poster content.

Investigating regional roadside turfgrass mixtures

November 29, 2018 - 2:22pm

by Dom Christensen

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science group is currently conducting research on roadside turfgrasses. We recently initiated a regional mixture trial that is taking place in seven locations across Minnesota. Our primary objective is to inform the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) about the appropriate species and constituent mixture percentages that are suitable in different regions of Minnesota.

Investigating regional roadside turfgrass mixtures

November 29, 2018 - 2:22pm

by Dom Christensen

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science group is currently conducting research on roadside turfgrasses. We recently initiated a regional mixture trial that is taking place in seven locations across Minnesota. Our primary objective is to inform the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) about the appropriate species and constituent mixture percentages that are suitable in different regions of Minnesota.