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Nov. 21, 2019

Turfgrass short course to be held Jan. 7-8 in Little Rock

By Abbi Ross
U of A System Division of Agriculture 

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. — Turfgrass identification, establishment and pest management are among the topics for the Turfgrass Short Course Jan. 7-8, 2020, at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture Cooperative Extension Service State Office in Little Rock.

Turfgrass Short Course
LET IT GROW — Justin Moss, professor of horticulture and landscape architecture at Oklahoma State University, examines turfgrass samples during the 2018 turfgrass short course. Moss will speak about turfgrass identification during the upcoming 2020 short course in Little Rock. (U of A System Division of Agriculture photo by Mike Richardson)

Turfgrass experts will present the latest research on best management practices for golf courses, sports turf and home lawns, said Matt Bertucci, a research scientist in the department of crop, soil, and environmental sciences.

“This course will have information relevant for seasoned professionals looking to brush up on their fundamentals, for new professionals getting into turfgrass management or for enthusiasts who are interested in maintaining high-quality lawns and other turf sites,” Bertucci said.

The two-day short course is being co-hosted by the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University and is an intensive course covering a variety of topics related to turfgrass establishment and success.

Attendees will also be able to renew their pesticide applicator licenses by registering and signing in for both days.

The short course is an opportunity for attendees to interact directly with scientists from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture and Oklahoma State University who are experts in their field, Bertucci said.

“The diversity of our intellectual contributors is what makes it really special,” Bertucci said.

Attendees will have a chance to learn about insect pest and weed management from Division of Agriculture scientists John Hopkins, professor of entomology, and John Boyd, visiting assistant professor of crop, soil and environmental sciences, Bertucci said.

Each day will start at 8 a.m. and should be finished by 5 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be provided both days.

The cost per person is $140 and registration can be completed online at https://horticulture.uark.edu/research-extension/turf/short-course.php.

The lineup of speakers and topics:

  • Nathan Walker, professor, entomology and plant pathology, Oklahoma State — Disease Management
  • Justin Moss, professor, horticulture and landscape architecture, Oklahoma State — Turfgrass Identification
  • Dennis Martin, professor, horticulture and landscape architecture, Oklahoma State — Turfgrass Selection
  • David Gerken, extension assoc., horticulture and landscape architecture, Oklahoma State — Irrigation
  • John Boyd, visiting asst. professor, weed science, U of A System Division of Agriculture — Weed Management and Labels, Laws, Regulations
  • Mike Richardson, professor, horticulture, U of A System Division of Agriculture — Turfgrass Establishment and Mowing
  • Doug Karcher, professor, horticulture, U of A System Division of Agriculture — Fertilization and Cultivation
  • John Hopkins, professor, entomology, U of A System Division of Agriculture — Insect Pest Management, Pesticide Safety and Disposal
  • Kyle Sanders, president, Arkansas Turfgrass Association — Arkansas Turfgrass Association

The event will be held in the Educational Wing Auditorium at 2301 S. University Ave. in Little Rock.

To learn more about turfgrass in Arkansas, contact your County Extension Office or visit www.uaex.edu.

To learn more about Division of Agriculture turfgrass research, visit the Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station website: https://aaes.uark.edu. Follow us on Twitter at @ArkAgResearch and Instagram at ArkAgResearch.

About the Division of Agriculture

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.

The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.

The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action institution. If you require a reasonable accommodation to participate or need materials in another format, please contact Matt Bertucci, bertucci@uark.edu, at 479-575-3979 as soon as possible. Dial 711 for Arkansas Relay.

Media Contact: Fred Miller
U of A System Division of Agriculture
Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station
(479) 575-5647
fmiller@uark.edu

 

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