GALLERY: Turf Grass Field Day highlights research at Quaker Farm
Growing and maintaining turf in sweltering West Texas was in the spotlight Monday (July 11) at a Turf Grass Field Day at the Texas Tech University's Quaker Research Farm. The event was developed and provided by Texas Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. The field day drew green industry professionals such as landscapers, athletic field managers, and golf course superintendents, said Joey Young, an assistant professor with Tech's Department of Plant and Soil Science. However, homeowners who were interested in learning how to maintain a healthy lawn also attended. Attendance for the event was free, and lunch was provided for participants. The professional turf managers track included presentations about wetting agents for athletic fields, sprig establishment with AquaSmart, enhancing pollinators and beneficials, a United States Golf Association and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America salinity study, and a review of Smartfield sensors and drones with normalized difference vegetation index. Separately, there were presentations targeted to homeowners on enhancing urban pollinator populations, turf species water requirements on drip irrigation, drought tolerant plants/Lasagna garden, residential wetting agents, and a turf research update. The event was sponsored by the Texas Sports Turf Managers Association, Texas Turfgrass Association, and West Texas Golf Course Superintendents Association, as well as Barenbrug, Bayer Crop Science, Dow AgroScience, FMC, Harrell's, Hurst Farm Supply, Professional Turf Products (Toro distributor), SePro, and The Anderson's.
CONTACT: Joey Young, assistant professor, Department of Plant and Soil Science, Texas Tech University at (806) 834-8457 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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