Pure Eclipse: A New Creeping Bentgrass from Penn State and Pure Seed Testing

Penn State has a long and storied history of creeping bentgrass varietal development for the golf course industry. Pure Eclipse is the latest varietal development from the Penn State creeping bentgrass germplasm resource.

PTC Names Graduate Fellowships for Three PSU Turfgrass Icons

To honor their contributions to the turfgrass and sports surface industries, the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council recently established three graduate fellowships in the College of Agricultural Sciences’ Department of Plant Science.

Turfgrass Diseases Flourish as Rain and High Humidity Persist Throughout Pennsylvania

Plant pathologists often remind us that, in nature, diseases are the exception rather than the rule, and periods of intense disease activity are generally short-lived. However, as rainfall continues to saturate Pennsylvania golf courses, lawns, and sports fields into early September, diseases seem to be the rule rather than the exception in some areas.

2018 Penn State Turf and Ornamentals Field Day in Review

Despite the threat of severe thunderstorms and high winds, over 200 professional landscapers, grounds managers, golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, and others interested in management of turf and landscape plantings traveled to the University Park campus on Aug. 8 to see the latest in management trends and research from Penn State’s College of Agricultural
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Join us for the 2018 Penn State Turf Club Tailgate

Join us for the 2018 Penn State Turf Club Tailgate! The Turf Club is hosting a tailgate and invites all turfgrass alumni, family and friends of the program to attend.

Wet Weather and Diseases Create Problems on Pennsylvania Golf Courses

Abnormal temperatures and frequent rains during the spring of 2018 have led to mowing injury and disease problems on Pennsylvania golf courses. The worst of the problems began to occur in central and western PA during late May, when daytime temperatures climbed into the 80’s and night temperatures were in in the mid to high 60’s.

A Tribute to Noel Jackson, Turfgrass Pathologist (Dec. 25, 1931 – May 29, 2018)

Noel Jackson, Ph.D, Professor Emeritus of Plant Pathology at University of Rhode Island, passed away peacefully at home at age 86 with his loving family on Tuesday May 29th. Dr. Jackson was a natural teacher, with tremendous passion and curiosity for learning. He inspired a generation of students to pursue careers in the turf industry and academia.

Penn State Students Learn About Turf Management Practices in Italy

Ten undergraduate students, faculty, and staff from Penn State’s turfgrass program traveled to Italy during the second week of May as part of TURF 499 “Turfgrass Management Practices in Italy,” an international study course. The 3-credit course involved weekly lectures during the 2018 spring semester on golf course management practices and attitudes towards golf in Europe. The course culminated in an 8-day trip to visit several golf courses in different regions of Italy. Italy was of particular interest because we wanted students to observe how golf course managers and owners are adapting to a recent ban on synthetic pesticides for golf course turf.

PTC Scholarship Winners Announced

The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council announces the winners of the 2018 PTC Student Scholarships. This year’s recipients are Nathaniel Leiby, Aleksander Schuler and Shawn Moore.

In Memoriam: Barry Grote

The Penn State Turfgrass Program and The Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) received sad news last week that one of our strongest supporters and good friend, Barry Grote, passed away following a long battle with cancer.

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