Opportunity for UCONN Turf Student "Takes Off" 09/30/10
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
UCONN Student Selected for Jacobsen's Future Turf Managers' Seminar 04/20/09
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
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.
GCSAA Selects Mendenhall & MacCurrach Award Winners 10/18/07
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.
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
In The Field: August 6, 2007 08/06/07
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
Robert A. Ruszala Elected NERTF President 07/23/07
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 07/20/07
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
In The Field: June 30, 2007 06/30/07
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 06/21/07
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 06/09/07
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.
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
In The Field: May 23, 2007 05/23/07
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 05/01/07
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
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
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
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 03/14/07
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.
Turf Bowl A Success For UConn 02/27/07
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
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
TriState Fairway Topdressing Research Update 01/31/07
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 01/21/07
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.
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
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
UConn Turf Club Highlights History of Turf Management at Hort Show 10/11/06
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
Karl Guillard Wins Faculty Excellence Award in Undergraduate Teaching 07/04/06
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.
SEND YOUR SAMPLES to Support Dollar Spot Research 06/01/06
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
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.
UConn Professor Nabs Musser 07/03/05
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
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.
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
Turf Science, Turf Culture Are Big Business 03/04/02
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,
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.
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
Karl Named Teaching Fellow 01/04/02
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.