Field Day to Focus on Turfgrass

One-day event takes place Sept. 11; topics include drought tolerance, saving water on turf, sustaining turf and hybrid turf

The 2014 Turfgrass and Landscape Research Field Day is set for Sept. 11 at UC Riverside.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Fungicides and plant health. Turfgrass and water conservation. Drought tolerance of turfgrass species and cultivars. Turfgrass worms and their control. And the firmest and fastest Kikuyugrass turf.

These are only some of the topics to be discussed in depth at the 2014 Turfgrass and Landscape Research Field Day, set for Thursday, Sept. 11, at the University of California, Riverside. The one-day event, of interest especially to turfgrass and landscape professions, will be held at the university’s Turfgrass Research Facility, 1060 Martin Luther King Blvd., Riverside. The event begins at 7:30 a.m. and ends at approximately 2:40 p.m.

The full agenda of the 2014 Turfgrass and Landscape Research Field Day can be found here.

“As can be seen from this year’s agenda, we are doing everything possible to enjoy all of the aesthetic, environmental, and functional benefits that turf offers while using less water,” said James Baird, a turfgrass extension specialist in the Department of Botany and Plant Sciences, who is leading the field day. “These include: evaluating the latest in turfgrass cultivars; development of our own turfgrass cultivars adapted specifically for California; evaluating fertilizer and commercial products to save water on turf; exploring more efficient ways of irrigating turf; determining which species and practices can sustain turf using saline irrigation water; evaluating hybrid (synthetic + natural) turf; and the list goes on and on.”

Parking will be available in Parking Lot 30, at the corner of Canyon Crest Drive and Martin Luther King Blvd., from where the Turfgrass Research Facility in Agricultural Operations is a short walk.

The registration fee for the field day is $90 ($100 on site). Registration includes lunch. Information about registration can be found here. Reporters interested in covering the event can attend at no charge.

The field day will include presentations by turfgrass specialists, horticulturalists, postdoctoral researchers and graduate students.  The event will give participants an opportunity to interact with industry professionals and researchers and learn more about the care and maintenance of turf and landscape plants. Attendees will include professional turfgrass managers, golf course superintendents, and parks and lawn care professionals; however, homeowners interested in having a better lawn and landscape will also benefit from the field day.

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