Published on 07/15/04

UGA Turfgrass Field Day set for August 12 in Griffin

Whether you're a golf course superintendent or a homeowner who wants the perfect lawn, there'll be something for you at the University of Georgia Turfgrass Field Day.

The field day is set for Thursday, August 12 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at the University of Georgia's campus in Griffin, Ga. Registration will be from 8 to 9 a.m.

Come and get the latest information on how to care for your lawn or your golf course from UGA researchers and extension specialists. Field day topics include controlling turf insects like mole crickets and white grubs and turf pests like crabgrass and other turf weeds.

The field day will also include information on newly released UGA turfgrasses including tall fescues that were bred especially for Georgia conditions. There will also be an update on the Seashore Paspaulum breeding program at UGA. This turfgrass is especially popular along the coast as it can be irrigated with salt water.

The field day also includes a BBQ and chicken lunch and displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment.

The morning session of the field day from 9-11:30 a.m. will also be offered through a Spanish translated tour.

For individuals needing pesticide recertification, the UGA Turfgrass Field Day has been certified for Georgia Pesticide License Credit hours in Categories 24 (Ornamentals and Turf), 21 (Plant Agriculture) and Private. Be sure to bring your license number with you for reporting purposes.

Certified Crop Advisor credit will also be available for the Turfgrass Field Day. Credit in pesticide management and crop production will be allowed for those in attendance.

Be sure to sign up on the appropriate form at the end of the field day to receive your credits.

The cost of the field day is $35 for registrations received before July 30 and $50 for those received after July 30. Four or more participants registering as a group qualify for a 10 percent discount.

You can register by credit card by calling the UGA Griffin Campus Continuing Education Office at (770) 229-3477 or by faxing your registration and credit card payment to (770) 233- 6180. To register by mail, send your registration fee to the Office of Continuing Education, University of Georgia Griffin Campus, 1109 Experiment Street, Griffin, Ga. 30223.

Or just show up bright and early Thursday morning, August 12 and register on-site. For a complete field day schedule, check our website at

The field day will be held outdoors, rain or shine, so dress appropriately (bring sun screen and a cap).

Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.