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  Volume 1, Issue 2
June 1, 2007

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  UConn Graduate Takes Knowledge to Hawaii, by Thomas Barry

I graduated from the University of Connecticut’s turfgrass science program with a Master of Science degree in December of 2006.  Upon graduating, I took the position of Assistant Superintendent at Elleair Maui Golf Club in Kihei, Hawaii working under Head Superintendent, Bryan Taylor. Elleair is an 18 hole public golf course currently undergoing some major renovations to the design and layout with an ongoing attempt to improve its reputation. My experience working in Hawaii has been a positive one and I owe much of my success to the University of Connecticut. The turfgrass science program at the University of Connecticut is geared towards producing well-rounded students. Emphasis is placed on both classroom education and field experience. Internships are considered extremely important by the turfgrass faculty and every student is assisted with finding the right internship for their interests. Students are encouraged to aim high and follow their passion when finding a job upon graduation.

As a graduate student in the program, I was given the chance to teach the Introductory Turfgrass Science course and also serve as a Turfgrass Technician at the University’s research farm, assisting faculty members with research projects. The transition from student to Assistant Superintendent has been a smooth one on account of my educational experience at the University of Connecticut. The field experience I gained through internships and classroom education has certainly made me a more qualified and confident turf manager. I have moved from working with cool-season grasses to an all bermudagrass golf course with little difficulty. Management skills and business savvy I acquired at UConn have been vital to decision making and crew supervision which I encounter every day. The personal relationships I made during my time at the University of Connecticut have made me a better individual. I owe a debt of gratitude to the program and the great individuals who helped me along the way.




  SEND YOUR SAMPLES to Support Dollar Spot Research, by John Kaminski

Funded by the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation, Syngenta Crop Protection and the United States Golf Association, researchers at the University of Connecticut are investigating various aspects of managing dollar spot.  Research will focus on improving fungicide efficacy through the proper selection of nozzle-types (see the June 2006 issue of GCM for more information) as well as through unconventional application timings. 

In addition to developing improved management strategies, researchers will seek to determine the importance and scope of pathogen resistance to fungicides commonly used to control dollar spot.  To participate in this component of the project, please send dollar spot samples from fairways and/or greens to the University of Connecticut (dollar spot samples submitted during the study will not be charged a diagnostic fee). 

UCONN Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center
c/o John Kaminski
University of Connecticut
1376 Storrs Road, Unit 4067
Storrs, CT 06269

For more information on this research project or disease diagnostic services at UConn, please contact John Kaminski (860.486.0162 or john.kaminski@uconn.edu). 

In the field    
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June 1, 2007
Disease-related problems have been few due to the lack of rain that we have received throughout the region. In some regions, dollar spot has started to appear. Early season applications of fungicides for dollar spot control, however, still appear to be holding up well.

The few disease issues that we have seen throughout the region include anthracnose basal rot, dollar spot, brown ring patch, and continued cases of fairy ring. We are several weeks away from seeing outbreaks of brown patch and other summer diseases.

Although diseases have been kept to a minimum, weeds are hitting their stride. Crabgrass has germinated throughout the region and in many cases have grown too large for early post-emergence control. Yellow nutsedge has also been seen in the Southwestern portion of Connecticut and probably is starting to germinate in regions farther north as well.

I anticipate that diseases and other problems will start to appear before the next E-Newsletter goes out. Email updates will be sent if anything unusual or of concern appears in the next few weeks.

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

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Facts Sheets (Outreach>Factsheets)
The UConn Turfgrass Factsheets are designed to provide an simplified overview of common turfgrass issues. The content of the fact sheets ranges from disease and weed related problems to understanding how to manage and maintain a healthy lawn.

Red Thread (Laetisaria fuciformis)
Red thread and pink patch can both occur on a variety of turfgrasses including ryegrasses, fescues, bluegrasses, and bentgrasses. Red thread, however, is generally the most severe of the two and may cause significant injury to both perennial ryegrass and creeping red fescue.

Symptoms of red thread can occur throughout the year, but pathogen growth is favored by temperatures between 59 and 77F. The disease is encouraged by prolonged periods of high relative humidity, dense fog, or overcast conditions, which commonly occur during the spring and fall.

To see more factsheets visit www.turf.uconn.edu/factsheets.shtml

In the field    
  News From The Plant Science Research and Education Facility    


E10 Gasoline Troubles Anyone?, by Stephen Olsen
I have been getting reports of gasoline jelling in carburetors, gas lines, and filters during the over winter period.  Last summer, suppliers switched from gasoline with MTBE as an additive, to a product containing 10% ethanol.  Unfortunately, ethanol is both a good solvent and pulls water out of the air quite well.  Because of this, E10 is good at dislodging built up gums and varnishes in older gas tanks and carburetors.

The shelf life of E10 is still debatable, but I would not store any longer than 60 to 90 days with out adding a gas stabilizer.  Another problem for older motors built prior to 1990 is they do not have alcohol resistant gaskets, o-rings, or hoses. These gaskets will lose their strength or shrink or swell when exposed to E10.

Definitely consider using one of gas stabilizers in all of your small engines available prior to winter storage.  Perhaps the practice of running the gas tank and carburetor dry for winter storage needs to be considered again. 

Stephen Olsen is the Manager of the Plant Science Research and Education Facility and can be contacted at stephen.olsen@uconn.edu

  In the field    
  Keep Current on UConn and Turfgrass Industry Events    

June 6, 2007. GCMA of Cape Cod & GCSA of New England. Pocasset Golf Club.
June 12, 2007
. CAGCS Monthly Meeting. Rockledge Country Club.
June 19, 2007. Cornell Turf and Landscape Field Day. Ithaca, NY.
June 20, 2007. UMass Turf Field Day. Joseph Troll Research Center, South Deerfield, MA.
June 29, 2007
. GCSANE Scholarship and Benevolence Tournament, TPC Boston.

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