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Turf Field Day

UMass Turf Research Field Day

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UMass Turf Research Field Day is presented on a biennial 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 26, 2017. 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 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.

Photos from UMass Turf Field Day 2017:

(all photos by Ben Barnhart)

Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Scott Ebdon chats with attendees.
Turf Field Day 2017: Tracy Allen greets attendees at an exhibit for the UMass Soil & Plant Tissue Testing Lab
Turf Field Day 2017: Field Day participants meet with industry exhibitors at the trade show
Turf Field Day 2017: Our own Pat Vittum tries her hand at sinking a few putts before the start of the educational program
Turf Field Day 2017: Mary Owen makes welcoming remarks
Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Mickey Spokas discusses the role of artificial wetlands in filtering contaminants from wash water
Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Prasanta Bhowmik presents on new herbicide modes of action for broadleaf weed control
Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Michelle DaCosta talks about the value of technology for turfgrass research
Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Angela Madeiras demonstrates sample collection methods for accurate disease diagnosis
Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Scott Ebdon shares details on his grass tennis court research
Turf Field Day 2017: Dr. Robert Wick stationed with his display about turf-damaging nematodes
Turf Field Day 2017: July 26 was a beautiful day to visit the UMass Joseph Troll Turf Research Center