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UMass Turf Research Field Day

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Event date/time: 
Wednesday, July 26, 2017 - 8:00am to 1:00pm
Event location: 
UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center

2017 Turf Field Day Supporters


Alumni Turf Group

Crop Production Services (CPS)


Koch Turf & Ornamental




PJC Organic

Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association

Atlantic Golf & Turf



SiteOne Landscape Supply

Current UMass research includes studies on the biology and integrated management of turf-damaging diseases and insects, short- and long-term weed management, pesticide exposure, fertility, drought management, as well as a range of National Turfgrass Evaluation Program fine turf trials.

For more background information, visit our Research Field Day page.


Attendees: Registration for up to 2 attendees from a particular company is $55 each. Additional attendees from the same company are $45 each. $15 additional charge for all on-site registrations July 26. Continental breakfast & lunch are included with registration.

Exhibitors: Refer to either the printable registration form or the online registration system via the links below for registration package options. Additional staff beyond those included in the selected package are $35 each.

The pre-registration deadline is Friday, July 21. Pre-registration is strongly encouraged and appreciated so that we may obtain an accurate count for lunch, however walk-in registrations (cash or check only) will be accepted on the day of the event for a $15 additional fee.

Online registrations may be charged a processing or service fee.

Turf Field Day pre-registration has closed.  Walk-ins will be accepted on the day of the event for a $15 additional fee, cash or check only.  Questions?  Call 413-545-2965 or 508-892-0382, or e-mail


6:15-8:15 Exhibitor Check-In & Set-Up
8:15-9:00 Attendee Check-In - Continental Breakfast - Trade Show
9:00-9:45 Welcoming Remarks - Trade Show and Networking - Equipment Demonstrations
9:45 Featured Research Presentation Tour:
  • Evaluating Turfgrass Tolerance to Traffic for Grass Tennis Courts - Dr. Scott Ebdon, Turf Agronomist - Three official size tennis single-courts were established at the Joseph Troll Turf Research & Education Center in South Deerfield, MA, to evaluate turfgrass tolerance to traffic using simulated and actual match-play. Preliminary results will be presented and match-play traffic will be demonstrated.
  • Organic Landcare Practices in Maintaining Sustainability of Athletic Field Turf - Dr. William Dest, Professor Emeritus, University of Connecticut - Much interest in recent years has been directed toward turf management programs that do not used synthetic fertilizers and pesticides. A long-term study, which is in its 8th year, seeks to evaluate organic management in producing acceptable athletic turf when compared with more traditional management systems. Long-term changes in soil properties are also being studied.
  • A Look at a New Broadleaf Herbicide for Turf Dr. Prasanta Bhowmik, Weed Scientist - Halauxifen-methyl, a post-emergent broadleaf herbicide currently used in agricultural production of cereal crops, is being considered for use in turf. In addition to demonstrating the effects of material application on selected broadleaf weeds, this presentation will include discussion of application strategies and mode of action.
  • Influence of Weather Conditions on Development, Behavior and Management of Insect Populations Dr. Pat Vittum, Entomologist and Professor Emeritus Challenging weather patterns within a given season can have significant impacts on insect populations, in some cases easing pressure, and in others increasing the likelihood of damage. This talk will cover strategies to recognize and deal with these atypical management situations, including information specific to 2017.
  • Fairway Rolling to Reduce Dollar Spot James Popko, Research Associate (Jung Lab) - Fairway rolling frequency and reduced use fungicide programs to control dollar spot will be discussed. This is the third year we have studied fairway rolling and we will explain some of the intricacies and theories on how this cultural practice can be incorporated into turfgrass management plans.
  • Innovative Means to Manage Dollar Spot Dr. Geunhwa Jung, Turf Pathologist - A variety of trials that examine the use of new fungicides, PGRs, bio-control products, nitrogen fertilizers sources and more will be discussed.
  • Artificial Wetland Systems to Aid in Preservation of Water Quality from Managed Turf SettingsDr. Lesley Spokas, et al. - An artificial wetland was constructed in 2011 for the primary purpose of remediating wash water used on turf machinery. An update on the capacity of the wetland to remove fertilizer, pesticide and hydrocarbon residues from wash water will be presented.
  • Stress Detection Tools for Turf Research - Dr. Michelle DaCosta, Turf Physiologist - More exciting and useful technology exists for detecting and measuring turfgrass stress than at any time before. In this presentation, Dr. Michelle DaCosta will introduce an array of tools used in stress physiology research as well as demonstrate their use in the field.
  • Effective Sampling Techniques for Diagnosing Diseases - Dr. Angela Madeiras, Diagnostic Technician - This demonstration will center on recognition of key diseases in the field, correct sampling procedures, and how to submit pertinent information to a lab for diagnosis.
12:00 Educational Program Wrap-Up

All American Barbecue Lunch


1.5 pesticide re-certification contact hours have been approved for this event, valid for licenses in all New England states.

Professional certification credits:

  • 0.225 CEUs for the Sports Turf Managers Association CSFM certification have been approved.
  • 1 credit for the Massachusetts Nursery and Landscape Association MCH certification has been approved.
  • 2.0 Education Credits for the Massachusetts Association of Landscape Professionals MCLP certification have been approved.
  • 4.0 CEUs for the Northeast Organic Farming Association's AOLCP certification have been approved.
  • 0.20 Education points for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America CGCS certification have been approved.
Contact's name: 
Jason Lanier
Contact's phone: 
Contact's email: 
23 River Road
South Deerfield, MA 01373
23 River Road South Deerfield MA