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  • 2010
    • September
      • Opportunity for UCONN Turf Student "Takes Off"
        When UCONN’s Club Sports Department constructed two new fields on campus to support their diverse sporting activities they looked to Dr. Jason Henderson Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Management for guidance on field maintenance. High quality fields capable of withstanding a demanding mixed-use g

  • 2009
    • April
      • UCONN Student Selected for Jacobsen's Future Turf Managers' Seminar
        Graduating turfgrass science student Brian Tencza was recently selected by the Jacobsen Company as one of 30 students from throughout the U.S. to attend the 2009 Jacobsen Future Turf Managers' Seminar. This all expense paid seminar will to be held at Jacobsen’s Headquarters in Charlotte, North

  • 2008
    • April
      • Fescues getting favorable environmental attention
        By Ron Hall

        STORRS, CT — An ambitious program investigating the potential for turf-type tall fescues and fine-leaf fescues to play a greater role in preserving water quality and also conserving water is getting high marks in Connecticut.

        In fact, what researchers are learning a

  • 2007
    • October
      • GCSAA Selects Mendenhall & MacCurrach Award Winners
        The Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) has awarded scholarship money to 16 college students as part of the Scholars Program administered by the GCSAA's philanthropic organization, the Environmental Institute for Golf.

        The first-place winner, David Golembeski,

    • September
      • Reaction To Rentschler Is Natural
        By SHAWN COURCHESNE | Courant Staff Writer
        September 12, 2007

        STORRS - UConn athletic director Jeff Hathaway said Tuesday that Northland AEG, the company that manages state-owned Rentschler Field in East Hartford, has brought in a team of experts to help ensure the playing surface i

    • August
      • In The Field: August 6, 2007
        After a relatively easy summer so far, the last two weeks have shown many turfgrass managers why this is such a stressful profession. A number of turfgrass disease samples were brought into the diagnostic lab in the past few days. In almost every case, the problem appears to be less related to disea

    • July
      • Robert A. Ruszala Elected NERTF President
        The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation announces that Robert A. Ruszala, golf course superintendent of Hickory Ridge Country Club in Amherst MA, has been elected president for the 2007-2008 fiscal year. Bob has been serving on the NERTF Board of Directors since 2000 as a delegate of the Golf

      • In The Field: July 20, 2007
        A cornucopia of diseases are being found in the field right now. This includes bacterial wilt, Pythium blight, summer patch, brown patch, anthracnose, dollar spot and others. Another malady of perennial ryegrass and in some cases creeping bentgrass has been the presence of etiolated plants. The prob

    • June
      • In The Field: June 30, 2007
        Our first week of HOT weather departed as quickly as it arrived. Recent samples arriving into the diagnostic center varied depending on the location in New England. In Maine, brown ring patch is still active and causing minor problems for some superintendents. In the extreme southern portions of New

      • In The Field: June 21, 2007
        Based on samples arriving to the lab this week, Pythium blight, brown patch (caused by Rhizoctonia zeae), and anthracnose are active throughout the region. These diseases can cause severe damage in a relatively short period of time, so preventive applications of an effective fungicide are warranted.

      • In The Field: 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 iss

      • 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 ef

    • May
      • In The Field: May 23, 2007
        Dollar spot is finally active in several regions across the state and will probably be present throughout the Northeast soon. For those of you who applied an early season fungicide application for dollar spot, you should have a slight delay in symptom development and more time to respond with a foll

      • In The Field: May 1, 2007
        Weather has finally warmed up and with the temperatures comes the disease activity, Poa seedhead development, and germination of those summer annual weeds. Most turfgrass managers across the state have treated for Poa seedheads and the application of preemergents for crabgrass control is in full swi

    • April
      • 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, B

      • Nor'Easter Floods Local Golf Course
        By Alex Putman

        Entering into mid-April, golf was beginning to pick up in New England. "Everything was in great shape," said John Ruzsbatzky, CGCS, for opening day at the Country Club of Farmington, CT (CCF) on April 14th. The Nor'easter that arrived the following day, howev

      • Kennedy named CAGCS Superintendent of the Year
        Les Kennedy Jr., CGCS at The Blind Brook Club in Purchase, N.Y., has been named the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents, 2006 Superintendent Of The Year.

        Kennedy has been a GCSAA member since 1979 and a member of the CAGCS since 1984. He has also been a member of the Me

    • March
      • UConn Students Earn Pesticide License
        By Steve Rackliffe

        A collaborative effort between the Connecticut DEP and the UConn Turfgrass Science program was established to provide students the opportunity to take the Connecticut Pesticide Operators exam on the Storrs campus. Students taking and passing the exam will be issued a Co

      • UConn Turfgrass Research Featured on TurfNetTV
        The University of Connecticut's Turfgrass Science Program is featured this month on TurfNetTV. Filmed in February, TurfNetTV visited UConn's Turfgrass Research Facility and discussed current nozzle research with John Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Pathology.


    • March
      • Turf Bowl A Success For UConn
        The University of Connecticut's Turfgrass Science Program was well represented at the 13th Annual GCSAA Turf Bowl in Anaheim, CA. UConn's top team finished in 14th place out of the 81 total teams entered. The top team was made up of Turf Club members Chris Orlich, Marc Dubour, Brian Tencza

      • Turf Club Heading to Anaheim
        By Nate Miller

        The 2007 GCSAA Education Conference and Golf Industry Show in Anaheim, CA is rapidly approaching and Turf Club is gearing up to make the trip out to the west coast. This yearly conference provides an invaluable opportunity to learn more about the industry and network with

    • January
      • TriState Fairway Topdressing Research Update
        The 2006 Annual Research Report for the TriState Turfgrass Research Foundation Grant at UConn entitle "Importance of particle size distribution and sand depth in developing a fairway topdressing program" can now be found online under RESEARCH>PUBLICATIONS>CULTURALPRACTICES.

      • NERTF 2006 Annual Report Online
        The 2006 Annual Research Report for the New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation Grant at UConn entitle "Influence of Nozzle-Type, Application Timing and Fungicide Resistance on Dollar Spot Control" can now be found online under RESEARCH>PUBLICATIONS>DISEASES.

  • 2006
    • December
      • Syngenta Endows Fund for Turfgrass Program
        by Jennifer Huber

        The turfgrass program at the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (CANR) has received welcome support from Syngenta Professional Products of Greensboro, North Carolina. The Syngenta UConn Turfgrass Pathology Fund was established with a $25,000 endowment in August

    • November
      • Poa Putting Green Constructed at UConn
        John Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Science
        University of Connecticut

        In an ongoing effort to conduct field research on the management and control of anthracnose basal rot, researchers at the University of Connecticut have completed the establishment of an approximately 1

    • October
      • UConn Turf Club Highlights History of Turf Management at Hort Show
        The University of Connecticut's Turf Club highlighted the history of turf equipment at the 2006 Hort Show, an annual event run by student clubs in the College of Agriculture. The theme of this year's Hort Show "125th Anniversary: It All Started Here" was designed to showcase t

      • Another Difficult Summer For Growing Grass
        John Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Pathology
        University of Connecticut

        In 2005, the life of a New England golf course superintendent was difficult. Much of the difficulties were contributed to the cool wet spring that was immediately followed by temperatures routinely re

    • July
      • Karl Guillard Wins Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching
        Basic to the greatness of the university is the quality of its faculty. The purpose of this award is to provide an incentive to encourage excellence in classroom teaching and thus to assist the University in its continuing efforts to attain the highest academic recognition.

    • June
      • SEND YOUR SAMPLES to Support Dollar Spot Research
        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 sel

    • May
      • Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center Now Open
        By Bud Gavitt

        Golf course superintendents, sports and recreational field managers, and commercial lawn care operators can now submit turf samples showing signs of pest damage and physiological disorders for analysis at the Department of Plant Science’s Turfgrass Disease Diagnostic Center.

    • March
  • 2005
    • November
      • Anthracnose: A Five-Year Multistate Research Initiative
        John Kaminski, Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Pathology
        University of Connecticut

        Desired or not, annual bluegrass is commonly found on putting greens throughout the Northeast and surrounding regions. While a healthy stand of annual bluegrass can result in an excellent putting surf

    • July
      • UConn Professor Nabs Musser
        John Kaminski, Ph.D., a recent graduate from the University of Maryland in plant pathology, has been chosen to receive the Musser International Turfgrass Foundation Award of Excellence for 2005. The annual award is presented to an outstanding doctoral student of turfgrass science who has made signif

  • 2004
    • July
      • The Art and Science of Growing Grass
        By Jim Smith

        Spring in New England is an unpredictable thing. Jack Frost is usuallly slow to relinquish his grip. In February, occasional days of spring-like temperatures send hopes soaring. But it's only a tease. Snow nearly always follows.

        However, once snow is finally

  • 2002
    • June
      • Lawn Care During Drought Conditions
        By Dr. Karl Guillard

        Cool-season turfgrasses adapted to Connecticut climatic conditions have a built-in drought response mechanism – it’s called dormancy. Turfgrasses such as Kentucky bluegrass will shut down growth when moisture is limited to conserve water. By most appearances, the gras

    • March
      • Turf Science, Turf Culture Are Big Business
        Turf grass science and turf culture are important businesses, and areas of growing career potential, says Karl Guillard, associate professor of plant science and head of the turf grass science program at UConn.

        For example, according to the National Golf Foundation, there are now some 17,

      • When It Comes to Teaching, Guillard is on Solid Turf
        By John Wray

        Short grasses, tall grasses, hairy and smooth, temperate and tropical, grasses of the dusty plains and grasses of the lush tropics - all are of intense interest to those who study the most widely grown crop in America.

        Karl Guillard is one of these, and his enthusi

    • March
      • Turf Officials Prepare For Natural Grass in Stadium
        By CHRIS BOYER
        The State News

        The future field of Spartan Stadium, the north end zone in the foreground, sits growing at the Hancock Turfgrass Research Center on Farm Lane. The field is scheduled to be complete June 1, but the date could be sooner because of the advanced progress of

    • January
      • Karl Named Teaching Fellow
        Karl Guillard has taught at UConn in one capacity or another for fifteen years, beginning as a lecturer and currently as Associate Professor of Agronomy in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He teaches courses and mentors students on both the undergraduate and graduate level.