Graduate Student Profile: Tanner Delvalle

October 22, 2009 in Grad Students, Research

Mr. Tanner Delvalle (class of 2008) recently began a Master of Science degree program at Penn State (under the direction of Dr. Pete Landschoot) looking at the effects of fairway mowing frequency and dew removal programs on fungicide efficacy for dollar spot control.

The main objective of the study is to determine if increasing mowing frequency on golf course fairways increases or decreases fungicide efficacy. Tanner is looking at three different mowing regimes (2, 4, and 6 days per week) imposed over applications of three different fungicides (chlorothalonil, propiconazole, and iprodione) and comparing how fast these fungicides lose efficacy under the different mowing regimes. He is also looking at dew removal programs to see how this practice affects fungicide performance.

Tanner is from Pottsville, PA, and recently completed his B.S. degree in Turfgrass Science at Penn State. He worked at Eagle Rock Golf Resort for his internship, and was part of the 1st place team that competed at STMA’s Student Challenge competition in 2008 and 2009. He expects to complete his Masters degree in 2010.