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  Volume 1, Issue 5
October 5 , 2007

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UConn Turf News    
  Read The Latest News From UConn And The Turf Industry    

Department of Plant Science Hires Turfgrass Technician


Kyle Knox recently joined the staff at the Plant Science Research and Education Facility as a Lead Agricultural Worker. This new position will provide key support for the rapidly expanding turfgrass science program at UConn. As the new Turfgrass Technician, Kyle will assist the turfgrass faculty with all aspects of maintaining the more than 14 acres of turfgrass research plots in Storrs.

Kyle brings with him over 12 years of golf course experience as an Assistant Superintendent at two area courses. In addition to his experience with golf course turf, Kyle worked for Championship Turf Services, which maintains Rentschler Field. Kyle earned his Bachelor of Science from the University of Connecticut in 1995 and completed the UMASS Winter School in 1997. He has extensive knowledge of various turfgrass species and pests, irrigation systems, and turf maintenance equipment and practices. Kyle resides in Manchester with his wife, Kristen, who is also a graduate from UConn's College of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Cornucopia Fest and Hort Show 2007

Come visit your College of Agriculture and Natural Resources at the thirteenth annual Cornucopia Fest! Sunday, October 7, 2007, rain or shine, at the University of Connecticut, Route 195 and North Eagleville Road in Storrs. Exhibits are from 11:00 to 4:00. The Alumni Sale starts at 11:00, with remaining items to be auctioned starting at 1:00. Admission to Cornucopia is FREE and EVERYONE is invited!

New this year: Coyote tracking: How many coyotes are in Connecticut? • Antique farm equipment • Cheese making demo • Learn about functional foods • And, the fly fishing demo is back! • Laser-radar demonstration • Chicken BBQ • Talk to our scientists • Watch the Cornucopia Cup polo match • Take a guided hike in the UConn Forest • Ask the Vet • Bring your ailing plants to be diagnosed by the Plant Doctor • Bring a half cup of garden or lawn soil for a FREE pH test • See antique horse carriages • Take a hayride • Visit the Hort Show • Bid at the auction • Visit the farms • Have an ice cream cone at the Dairy Bar • and much more! Admission is FREE and EVERYONE is invited! Visit www.canr.uconn.edu for more information.

In the field    
  Get The Latest Information From UConn's Diagnostic Center    

October 5 , 2007
Dry! Dry! DRY! This pretty much sums up the current field conditions throughout the state of Connecticut and in much of the surrounding regions. To compound the problem, the temperatures have been more consistent with summer than fall. Temperatures over the next few days will be in the mid 80's throughout the region.
So far, this is causing more problems than diseases.

Having said that, dollar spot appears to be the number one problem. A recent trip to the Cape revealed severe and active dollar spot on nearly all of the 20+ courses visited. A benefit of this was the ability to collect additional samples for our New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation grant which seeks to identify the scope of fungicide resistance in the Northeast. It is not too late to send samples for this study. Contact me for more information (john.kaminski@uconn.edu).

Although it seems late in the season, summer patch remains active on several courses and anthracnose is starting to build up again as we move into the fall. Although we are getting to the end of the season and budgets may be limiting, don't base your pesticide decisions on the calendar. The warm weather is going to make for an extended disease season and with the increased chance of showers in the coming days, the potential for disease activity is high.

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

In the field    
  Explore The Depth of UConn's Turfgrass Website    

Earn a Degree in Turfgrass Science
Turfgrass programs at the University of Connecticut are designed to provide students basic and applied knowledge in turfgrass science and management. Students completing the programs can apply their skills in the management of residential and commercial lawns, golf courses, athletic and recreational fields, parks, sod farms, roadsides, inland and coastal erosion control sites, and other areas where grasses are utilized. Baccalaureate students have the opportunity to pursue graduate degree programs.

Baccalaureate Degree (4-Year)
Find out how you can earn a Bachelor of Science in Turfgrass and Soil Science in the Department of Plant Science.

Associates Degree (2-Year)
Discover how to earn an Associates Degree from the Ratcliffe Hicks School of Agriculture.

Graduate School
Interested in earning a M.S. or Ph.D. in the field of Turfgrass Science? Find out what UConn has to offer.

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

New Irrigation System Expands Research Capabilities
In an effort to increase the precision of the irrigation used for research projects, a retrofit of the existing irrigation system is underway. The system will more than double the number of irrigation heads in the field and allow researchers to control each 60' x 60' block of turf independently. The previous setup consisted of numerous 360 degree heads that limited the ability to irrigate small research plots.

The new setup includes an additional 80 irrigation heads that will be used for research on highly maintained turfgrass systems such as those found on golf course fairways and greens. The new system will allow for the expansion of research projects of Dr. John Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Pathology. According to Dr. Kaminski, "The new design is critical for our expanding research efforts. The ability to precisely apply water where needed will not only allow us to micromanage our small research plots, but will also reduce the overall water usage at the research facility."

The retrofitting of the system has been made possible by a combination of University and Industry support. The project is estimated to cost approximately $22,000 and was made possible by support from the Department of Plant Science, Anderson Turf Irrigation, Turf Products Corporation, and Toro. The project is currently underway and will be completed within a couple of weeks.

To learn more about research and educational activities at the resesarch farm contact stephen.olsen@uconn.edu

  In the field    
  Keep Current on UConn and Turfgrass Industry Events    

October 7, 2007. UConn Cornucopia and Hortshow, Storrs, CT.
October 9, 2007
. Connecticut Association of GCS Meeting, Watertown Country Club.
October 9, 2007. Rhode Island GCSA S&R Tournament, Kirkbrae Country Club.
October 22, 2007.
GCSA of New England Member and Guest, Pleasant Valley C.C.

October 25, 2007. GCMA of Cape Cod Meeting, Country Club at New Seabury.

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