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.

Water Woes in the Susquehanna River Basin

On June 12, a public hearing concerning the Susquehanna Basin River Commission (SBRC) was hosted by the House State Government Committee at Susquehanna University in Selinsgrove. The hearing was attended by 17 state representatives, several golf course superintendents and industry reps, as well as municipal water suppliers.

SDHI Fungicides for Turfgrass Diseases

As summer approaches, plans are being finalized for disease prevention and control programs. One group of fungicides, the succinate dehydrogenase inhibitors (SDHI), has taken a more prominent role in controlling turfgrass diseases and provides an alternative to fungicides in other mode-of-action groups for resistance management.

2-Year Students now at their 2017 Internships

Current 2-year students are currently completing their internships at the following golf and country clubs:

Congratulations to the Class of 2017

Congratulations to the class of 2017!

Brown Ring Patch Active in Central PA

On May 22nd, I received a call from a golf course superintendent in central PA about a disease that was producing yellow circular patches on his annual bluegrass greens. The symptoms looked like necrotic ring spot; however, when the superintendent and I looked at the crowns and roots, we did not see the dark-brown vascular root and crown discoloration typically associated with this disease.

 
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