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  Volume 2, Issue 1
February 25 , 2008

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UConn Turf Students Finish 12th in Turf Bowl
By Nathaniel Miller, Turf Club President


The University of Connecticut Turf Club would like to thank the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents for providing funding to students attending the 14th annual GCSAA Collegiate Turf Bowl in Orlando, FL. Through their generous support, the Turf Club was able to send ten members to the collegiate competition. A lot of hard work went into preparing for the 4-hour exam, as review sessions started meeting last fall. The hard work paid off as this year’s students placed very well among the record breaking 92 teams participating in the competition. UConn’s top team, consisting of David Golembeski, Brian Tencza, Benjamin Goossen, and David McIntyre finished in 12th place among all undergraduate teams. A second team of Andrew Stair, Jonathan Wilber-Suchanek, Robert Deasy, and Sara Paetsch also had a strong showing, finishing 31st. In addition to the undergraduates, graduate students Alex Putman (advised by John Kaminski) and Nate Miller (advised by Jason Henderson) took the top spot among all competing graduate students. Teams from Iowa State (1st), Purdue (2nd - 4th), and Penn State (5th) took the top five spots.

In addition to participating in the Turf Bowl, David Golembeski received an individual honor. David was recognized for his academic achievements by receiving the coveted Mendenhall Award. This scholarship is the top award given out by the GCSAA’s Scholarship Program, and is just one of many awards David has received in his time at the University of Connecticut.

Additional support was provided by the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, the Emmanuel “Mike” Hirth Family Endowment Fund Scholarship, and the Albert Mann Memorial Fund Scholarship. Again, the Turf Club would like to thank all those that contributed to this experience. This opportunity would not have been possible without your continued support.


2007 Annual Research Report Now Online
The University of Connecticut’s Annual Turfgrass Research Report is published as a means of providing timely dissemination of current research findings. The purpose of this report is to encourage the exchange of ideas and knowledge between university researchers and members of the turfgrass industry. Research summaries included within this report are designed to provide turfgrass managers, extension specialists, research scientists, and industry personnel with information about current topics related to managing turfgrass.

This report is divided into various sections and includes original research findings and reviews in the fields of pathology, weed science, athletic field maintenance, fertility and nutrient management, soil science, and others. Additionally, abstracts and citations of scientific publications and presentations published in 2007 by University of Connecticut turfgrass researchers are included. This information is presented in the hopes of providing current information on relevant research topics for use by members of the turfgrass industry.

Special thanks are given to those individuals, companies, and agencies that provided support to the University of Connecticut Turfgrass Research Program.


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In the field    
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February 25, 2008
The first posting in 2008 comes during a period where many throughout the region have just experience a significant accumulation of snow. Although we are not out of the woods in terms of snow fall and accumulation, we are also not far from the start of the season. As the temperatures begin to increase, late season snow will not last long and spring green up will be upon us soon. Turfgrass managers should be on the look out for their first signs of disease as begin the season. Based on samples received in the UConn Disease Diagnostic Center, several diseases such as anthracnose and snow molds often begin to appear around this time.

For those of you who have had a constant blanket of snow, the potential for gray snow mold is high. While preventive applications last fall should have suppressed disease activity, it is not uncommon to see breakthrough in high pressure areas. If disease symptoms are observed, it is important to identify which snow mold you are dealing with. Remember, gray snow mold (Typhula spp) symptoms appearing in the spring will be inactive and no spread of the disease should occur. For this reason, spring fertilizer applications should be utilized to promote recovery of damaged turf. On the other hand, the Microdochium patch (aka, Pink snow mold or Fusarium patch) pathogen may continue to remain active as long as cool, wet conditions persist. Control of this disease on highly maintained turf will require proper cultural practices and chemical control measures to prevent loss of turf.

Be sure to check back with the Diagnostic Center in the upcoming months for recommendations on early season dollar spot control as well as potential ways to reduce severe cases of fairy ring which have been on the rise in recent years.

Visit www.turf.uconn.edu/diagnosticcenter.shtml for more information.

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Post Your Job Announcement on UConn's Turf Website
Internship and job opportunities are an important component of any turfgrass science program. In addition to providing student interns across the country, The University of Connecticut's Turf Program will now post your job announcement on its internship page. This serves as a resource for hiring not only UConn students, but also others who may be interested in the field.

To have your turfgrass position posted here and on campus, just send a digital copy of your announcement to UConnTurf@uconn.edu.

Recent Postings:
Greenwich Country Club, The Club at River Oaks, Warwick Country Club, Winged Foot Golf Club, GlenArbor Golf Club, National Golf Links of America, Yale University Golf Course, Medinah Country Club, and more...

In the field    
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Good Home Available for Donated Used Equipment !
Before trading in your used equipment, please consider a tax-deductible donation to the UConn Turf Program.  Our expanding program is in need of a variety of solid, used equipment.  We would be especially interested in walk behind greens mowers or a greens triplex, however, there are many items that would benefit our field research and education efforts.

If your facility is interested in helping the UConn Turf Program grow with an equipment donation, please contact Steve Olsen, Farm Manager, at stephen.olsen@uconn.edu or any one of our turfgrass faculty.  Thank you for your consideration.

  In the field    
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March 3-6. New England Regional Conference and Trade Show, Providence, RI
March 27.
USGA Regional Meeting, Wheatley Hills Country Club, East Williston, NY

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