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Published on 07/19/22

2022 Turfgrass Field Day set for Aug. 3 at UGA-Griffin

By Emily Cabrera
Assistant Professor David Jespersen is shown sharing the results of a UGA research project that evaluated the drought tolerance of four turfgrass species during UGA's Turfgrass Field Day at UGA-Griffin..
UGA's 2022 Turfgrass Field Day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at UGA’s Griffin campus. To view the program, register and learn about group discounts, visit turf.caes.uga.edu.

Whether you're a golf course superintendent or a homeowner looking to grow the perfect lawn, there will be something for you at this year’s University of Georgia Turfgrass Field Day.

“After four long years we are excited to bring back the UGA Turfgrass Research Field Day,” said UGA Cooperative Extension turfgrass specialist Clint Waltz.

The field day will be held from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 3, at UGA’s Griffin campus.

Extension specialists and researchers will share the latest information on how to care for your lawn or golf course. The sessions will cover effective prevention and management strategies of many common turf pests, weeds and diseases.

A barbecue lunch will be prepared followed by displays and demonstrations of the latest turfgrass industry equipment.

Continuing Education Units (CEUs) will be available for Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina. The proceedings for the day are below.

Field day schedule

8:00 a.m. to 8:45 a.m.         Registration

8:50 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.         Introduction

  • Welcome – Clint Waltz and David Buntin

9:15 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.        Guided research tour

  • Research Facilities Enhancement — Henry
  • Water Requirements for Turfgrasses with Improved Drought Performance — Jespersen
  • Refreshment stop
  • Evaluation of Mowing Frequency for Lawn Health and Performance — Waltz
  • Sustainably Managing Turfgrass Diseases with Nanobubble Technology and Biofungicides — Bahri and Turf Disease Management: Fungicide Round-up — A. Martinez-Espinoza
  • Updates on Fall Armyworm and Rhodesgrass Mealybug Research in Turfgrass — Joseph
  • Role of Pollinators in Centipedegrass — Joseph
  • Evaluation of Fall Herbicide Programs for Annual Bluegrass Control in Bermudagrass — McCullough
  • Development of Recommendations for an Herbicide-Resistant Turfgrass System — Raymer
  • Computer Vision-Based Weed Mapping — Zhang

11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.       Turfgrass equipment and product exhibits

11:30 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.        Lunch

1:15 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.         Self-guided research tour

  • Sustainably Managing Dollar Spot with UV-C Light Technology — Bahri
  • Past, Present and Future of Golf Course Putting Greens Grasses from Tifton — B. Schwartz
  • Problem Weed Control and New Turfgrass Herbicides — McCullough
  • Water Efficiency Improvements in Warm-Season Turfgrasses — Waltz
  • Turfgrass Response to Shaded Conditions — Raymer
  • Diagnosing Turfgrass Disease — Martinez-Espinoza
  • Graduate Student Research — Jespersen and students
  • Extension in Urban Ag — Huber

General registration is $80 and student registration is $30. Register on-site the day of the event or online before Friday, July 29.

To view the program, register and learn about group discounts, visit turf.caes.uga.edu.

Emily Cabrera is the public relations coordinator for the Integrated Pest Management program at the University of Georgia.