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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 21, 2021. 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 exhibits from numerous industry representatives were featured. All registrants had the opportunity to enjoy continental breakfast and a hearty cookout lunch.

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

For more background about Field Day, refer to the photo gallery below.

Photos from the most recent UMass Turf Field Day (July 21, 2021):

(all photos by Ben Barnhart)

Turf Field Day 2021: The day included an on-site trade show, with many industry representatives on hand.
Turf Field Day 2021: Dr. Scott Ebdon provided an update on grass tennis research at UMass.
Turf Field Day 2021: Extension Specialist Randy Prostak spoke about applying situational awareness for effective crabgrass control.
Turf Field Day 2021: Dr. Olga Kostromytska presented research on monitoring for annual bluegrass weevil, as well as the latest on the billbug complex in Massachusetts.
Turf Field Day 2021: Dr. Amanda Bayer shared research results on planting of native and non-native shrubs.
Turf Field Day 2021: Managing Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue under reduced irrigation was the topic covered by Dr. Michelle DaCosta.
Turf Field Day 2021: Graduate student Jefferson Lu presented research exploring the interactions of plant health activators with nitrogen fertilizers.
Turf Field Day 2021: Extension Educator Dr. Angela Madeiras demonstrated sampling techniques for accurate disease diagnostics.
Turf Field Day 2021: Research Associate Michaela Elliott discussed new DMI fungicides for control of resistant dollar spot populations.
Turf Field Day 2021: Dr. Geunhwa Jung presented research on combined strategies for dollar spot management.
Turf Field Day 2021: UMass faculty, staff, and students posed for a group photo.
Turf Field Day 2021: A great continental breakfast and hearty cookout lunch was enjoyed by all.