Conference Season Is Here! November 21, 2010 By Ty McClellan

Frost has arrived, evoking a collective sigh of relief from turf managers and cool-season turfgrasses alike.  For most, cool weather (and even snowfall) has been but a dream since early July when Mother Nature began punishing cool-season turfgrasses throughout the Mid-Continent Region, and much of the country for that matter. 

As a grueling year comes to a close, conference season moves into full swing and all indications are that meetings will be well attended.  Recently, the Central Illinois GCSA enjoyed an audience larger than in recent years at their Annual Education Seminar.  The demands brought forth by Mother Nature this summer didn’t allow superintendents much, if any, time away from the golf course.  Poor attendance at golf course superintendent chapter meetings resulted, but this should change now with the opportunity to gather for education and camaraderie at a time of year when golf courses are on the mend.

Appropriately, many of the conferences this winter will feature education targeted towards summer survival strategies for cool-season turfgrasses.  Given the recent environmental challenges, combined with persisting economic limitations, it would be well worth inviting a course official to attend a conference with you.

To learn more about conferences in your area, contact your local superintendent association or USGA Green Section office.  Upcoming conferences for the upper Mid-Continent Region are as follows:



December 7-8             

Missouri Green Industry Conference                                

St. Charles Convention Center, St. Louis, MO



December 7-9             

Kansas Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show      

Kansas Expo Center, Topeka, KS



December 14-15         

Heartland Green Industry Expo: “Common Ground”  USGA Education Session—Dec. 15, 1:00-4:30 pm 

Overland Park Convention Center, Overland Park, KS



December 14-15         

Illinois Turfgrass Foundation Winter Education Days    

Midwest Golf House, Lemont, IL




January 10-12             

Nebraska Green Expo 

Mid-America Center, Council Bluffs, IA



January 18-20            

Iowa Turfgrass Conference & Trade Show 

Polk County Convention Complex & Marriott Hotel, Des Moines, IA



February 7-11            

GCSAA Education Conference & Golf Industry Show 

USGA Green Section Education Program: “Lessons Learned Come in All Forms”—Feb. 11, 10:00 am - Noon 

Orange County Convention Center, Orlando, FL

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February 22-23           

Gateway Green Industry Conference & Trade Show 

Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville, Illinois



If you would like more information about a Turf Advisory Service visit, contact either of the Mid-Continent regional offices: Ty McClellan at  or (630) 340-5853 or Bud White at or (972) 662-1138.