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UMass Turf Research Field Day is presented on a bi-annual basis to highlight the wide range of research projects currently taking place at the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center in South Deerfield, MA as well as on research being conducted at other locations by University of Massachusetts Turf Program faculty, staff, and graduate students.

The UMass Turf Program continued the long tradition of a Research Field Day in South Deerfield on July 15, 2015. Turf practitioners and their associates had the opportunity to meet and speak with UMass staff and to view projects underway. The event included a trade show, and demonstrations and exhibits from numerous industry vendors were featured. All registrants are enjoyed continental breakfast and a hearty barbecue lunch.

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 about Field Day, refer to the photo gallery and video below.  The 2011 UMass Turf Research Field Day was featured in the Greenfield (MA) Recorder newspaper. The 2011 UMass Turf Research Field Day article in the Greenfield (MA) Recorder newspaper

Photos from UMass Turf Field Day 2013:

(all photos by Ben Barnhart)

Field Day 2013: Attendees and exhibitors chat at the trade show.
Field Day 2013: Dr. Scott Ebdon talks with Dr. Stephen Herbert.
Field Day 2013: Mary Owen, Extension Turf Specialist, addresses the crowd.
Field Day 2013: Dr. Ron Lavigne discusses constructed wetland technology.
Field Day 2013: Dr. Prasanta Bhowmik presents on annual bluegrass control.
Field Day 2013: Attendees participate in a weed ID exercise.
Field Day 2013: Dr. Michelle DaCosta talks about plant health products and turf physiology.
Field Day 2013: Dr. Bill Dest (Emeritus, UConn) reports on organic practices for athletic field maintenance.
Field Day 2013: Dr. Scott Ebdon covers wear tolerance and water use on grass tennis courts.
Field Day 2013: Graduate student James Poro demonstrates lysimeters used to measure turf water use.
Field Day 2013: Graduate student Marvin Seaman discusses dollar spot control.
Field Day 2013: UMass Turf Program staff and faculty pose for a group photo.