Turfgrass Conference Tees Off May 7-8

By for CAES News
Whatever your interest in turf grasses, the 55th annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference will have it covered at the Rural Development Center in Tifton, Ga., May 7-8.

The conference will open at 1 p.m. May 7 with a tour of the turf plots at the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station. The day will end with a tour of the Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College turf nursery.

The second day will open at 8 a.m., with morning sessions of interest to anyone working with turf grasses. Among the topics: the future of Southeastern water supplies, the potential for genetic engineering in turf and highlights in turf research.

The afternoon will include ornamentals and golf and sports turf topics. The Georgia Sod Producers will also have an educational program. The final sessions in each group will be at 3:30 p.m.

A $75 fee (or $50 if you sign up by April 20) will cover materials, lunches, breaks and other costs.

ABAC Ag Classic

Early arrivals may want to play in the ABAC Ag Classic golf tournament, which begins at 8:30 a.m. May 7 at the Springhill Country Club. The cost is $125 per person or $500 per four-person team. Proceeds will go to the Larry D. Allen Agricultural Leadership Scholarship at ABAC.

To learn more about the conference program, lodging or other details, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Office at (229) 386-3416.

For more information on the tournament, call Ed Seagle at (229) 386-3449, or e-mail him at

Dan Rahn is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.