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The Joseph Troll Turf Research Center
The Joseph Troll Turf Research Center

About the Center

While UMass turf researchers are continually conducting experiments in laboratories, greenhouse facilities and numerous field cooperator locations throughout the region, the Joseph Troll Turf Research Center is the center of the UMass Turf Program's field research universe. Located just a short drive from the UMass Amherst campus in South Deerfield, MA, the silt loam soils and gentle topography of the Center make it a site well-suited for turfgrass research. The center is named in honor of Dr. Joseph Troll, a longtime leader in the Turf Program at UMass.

Who is involved?

An integrated, research-based team of faculty, graduate students, undergraduate students, and technical staff. The Center has a full-time superintendent who oversees the operation of the facility year-round.

What type of work is being done?

Research is typically conducted at the Center during every month of the year.  During the growing season, as many as thirty or more separate or interrelated projects may be underway at any given time.  These studies cover:

  • Selection and uses of turf: lawn, golf, athletic and utility turf.
  • Pest management: managing damage from insects, diseases, weeds and nematodes.
  • Non-biotic stresses: heat, cold, drought, etc.
  • Best management practices: finding methods to carry out practices such as fertility, mowing or irrigation more effectively and efficiently.
  • Environmental impact: assessing and minimizing the impact of turf management.

Why is this work being done?

  • to offer original contributions to science.
  • to communicate the most useful and cutting-edge knowledge to our students in the classroom.
  • to provide practitioners with the tools needed to produce healthy functional turf in the most economically viable, environmentally sound manner possible.
  • to solve problems faced by the turf industry and society as a whole.

Can I visit the Center?

The facility is not normally open to the public.  Occasionally, tours can be arranged for select groups but availability is dependent upon staff availabilty and current activities at the Center. The best way to visit and learn more is to attend our bi-annual UMass Turf Research Field Day, when we welcome turf practioners and associates to the Center for a morning of good education, good food and good company.