Update on Proposed Turfgrass Fertilizer Legislation

Pennsylvania government officials and industry representatives have been debating a comprehensive turfgrass fertilizer bill for almost seven years. Although the bill has gone through several revisions, no legislative action has taken place to date. Faced with renewed urgency to comply with the EPA’s Chesapeake Bay Total Maximum Daily Load program, the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture has assembled a new document that may soon become a fertilizer bill (currently referred to as the “Fertilizer Act”). This proposed bill is in the final stages of development and has been released to the public. It has a number of provisions that were in the previous bill, but also differs in several categories. Below is a summary of the newly proposed Pennsylvania fertilizer bill as it pertains to turfgrass.

Turf Innovation and Discovery Expo Field Day at Valentine East

Mark your calendars! Turf Innovation and Discovery Expo Field Day at Valentine East will be held on Thursday, September 21st.

Congratulations to Penn State’s GCSAA Scholarship Recipients

Congratulations to this year's recipients of GCSAA scholarships! This year, four current Penn State students received scholarships

2-Year Program Alum wins MacCurrach Award

Golf Course Turfgrass Management 2-Year Program alum Jordan Carbone of Erin, Ontario, Canada, recently received the MacCurrach Award in the GCSAA Scholars Competition.

A Long Way from Home

We received this video of Nathan Wattier who will be entering the Golf Course Turfgrass Management Program (2-year resident program) this fall. In the video, Nathan talks about his career so far and why he chose to come to Penn State.

Postemergence Control of Crabgrass and Other Annual Grasses in Turf

During summer annual grasses can be unsightly weed problems in many cool-season turfgrass stands. The most common summer annual grasses in the mid-Atlantic region include crabgrasses (Digitaria spp.), goosegrass (Eleusine indica), foxtails (Setaria spp.), and barnyardgrass (Echinochloa crusgalli).

Eastern PA Turf Conference Revitalized

The 2018 edition of the Eastern PA Turf Conference will introduce some major changes to the annual educational opportunity. The conference location has moved to the Shady Maple Conference Center in East Earl, PA and the conference has been compacted into one jam-packed day - Wednesday, January 10, 2018. The rejuvenated conference will feature three concurrent educational tracks: Golf; Lawn, Landscape and Sports Turf; From the Ground Up - presentations devoted to topics appealing to all who work in the green industry. The Trade Show returns and sponsorship opportunities are available. Lunch at the famous Shady Maple Smorgasbord is included with registration.

Brad Jakubowski hired as new Instructor of Plant Science

Penn State announced that Brad Jakubowski has been named new Instructor of Plant Science within the College of Agricultural Sciences and the Turfgrass Science Major. Jakubowski, currently a Penn State PhD graduate assistant studying performance testing of athletic fields, will start his new appointment on August 1st.

 
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