COURSE CARE
Integrated Turfgrass Management June 22, 2018

The golf course superintendent and staff work diligently to provide the best playing conditions possible; however, proper course management today also requires conserving natural resources and protecting the environment. Forty-one projects are underway to evaluate reduced pesticide use, increase our understanding of plant disease and insect pests, provide better plant resistance to both pest and climatic stresses, and improve overall management techniques for new and improved turf cultivars.

 

Sustainable Management: General

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2015-15-530

Excessive Winter Crown Dehydration Affects Creeping Bentgrass Cold Hardiness


University of Nebraska
2016-07-557 Minimum Daily Light Integral Requirements for Warm-Season Fairway/Tee and Rough Cultivars: Mowing Height and Growth Regulator Interactions  Texas A&M University
2017-10-620 Determining Precise Light Requirements for Various Turfgrass Systems University of Arkansas
2016-10-560 Reducing Ultradwarf Bermudagrass Putting Green Winter Injury with Covers and Wetting Agents University of Arkansas
2017-15-625 Modeling GA Production Improves Prediction of Turf Growth and PGR Performance University of Nebraska
2017-20-630 Chemical Priming to Improve Annual Bluegrass Responses to Ice Stress Michigan State University

 

Sustainable Management: Grass Testing

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2015-18-533

Response of Seven Low-Maintenance Grasses to Less-Than-Optimum Irrigation


University of Arizona
2016-14-564 Low-Input New Groundcover and Native Grass Species for Turfgrass Replacement in the Low Desert  University of Arizona
2017-04-614 Bermudagrass Rough Conversion to No-Mow, Low-Input Grass Area University of California Cooperative Extension
2017-06-616 Establishment and Maintenance Practices for No-Mow Fine Fescue Golf Course Roughs University of Minnesota
2017-09-619 Smart Tools to Improve and Accelerate the Turfgrass Evaluation Process Oklahoma State University; Kansas State University
2017-13-623 Golfer Perception of Input-Limited Fairway Management in the Northcentral U.S. University of Nebraska
2017-19-629 Multi-Location Trial to Establish Maintenance Requirements and Performance of New Bermudagrass Cultivars for Fairway Use University of Florida

 

Sustainable Management: Soil Problems

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2014-05-494

Evaluating Sand-Capping Depth and Subsoil Influence on Fairway Performance, Irrigation Requirements, and Drought Resistance


Texas A&M University
2016-06-556 Effects of Finer-Textured Topdressing Sand on Creeping Bentgrass Putting Green Turf Rutgers University
2016-17-567 Assessment of Topdressing Sands and Associated Cultural Practices Used to Manage Ultradwarf Bermudagrass Greens Texas A&M University
2015-14-529 Genesis and Prevention of Iron-Cemented Layers in Sand Putting Green Soil Profiles University of Nebraska
2016-16-566 How Does Clay Move and Accumulate in Sand Root Zones? University of Nebraska
2015-12-527 A New Sodicity Index for Improving Risk Assessment and Management of Saline and Sodic Soils University of Wisconsin
2017-05-615 Solvita® Soil Test Kits to Categorize Golf Course Fairway Responsiveness to Nitrogen Fertilization University of Connecticut 

 

Sustainable Management: Water

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2015-35-550

National Evaluation of Turfgrass Water Use and Drought Resistance

National Turfgrass Evaluation Program
2016-08-558 Assessing Tree to Grass Water-Use Ratios: Significance to the Golf Course Industry University of Nevada
2017-01-611 Effects of Deficit Irrigation and Rootzone Depth on Water Use and Drought Resistance of Warm-Season Fairways Oklahoma State University
2017-02-612 Development of a Remote Sensing Tool for Golf Course Irrigation Management: Proof of Concept Oklahoma State University
2017-17-627 Satellite-Based Estimation of Actual Evapotranspiration of Golf Course Cool-Season Turf Utah State University
2017-36-646 Soil Moisture Sensor Irrigation Scheduling in Bermudagrass Fairways California State Polytechnic University
2017-37-647 Encouraging Adoption of Precision Irrigation Technology Through On-Course Application and Demonstration  University of Minnesota; The Toro Company
2017-38-648 Development of Irrigation Scheduling Techniques that Conserve Water Using Soil Moisture Sensors, Reference Evapotranspiration, and Turfgrass Quality Data Kansas State University; The Toro Company

 

Pathology

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2015-04-519


Detection and Disruption of Virulence Factors Association with Ophiosphaerella spp.,the Causal Agents of Spring Dead Spot of Bermudagrass


Oklahoma State University
2016-18-568 Management Strategies of a Sclerotinia homoeocarpa Population with Multiple Fungicides Resistance and Multidrug Resistance University of Massachusetts
2016-21-571 Bentgrass Tolerance, Disease Predictive Models, and Fungicide Timing to Control Dollar Spot on Fairway Turf  Rutgers University
2017-16-626 Fungicide Alternatives for the Management of Microdochium Patch Oregon State University
2017-18-628 Effects of Winter-Applied Nitrogen, Phosphate, and Potassium Rates on Microdochium Patch Oregon State University
2016-20-570 Comparative Control Methodology of Belonalaimus longicaudatus and Meloidogyne Species on Golf Course Putting Greens North Carolina State University

 

Entomology

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2015-09-524

Biological Control of Black Cutworm in Turf with Baculovirus

USDA/ARS/NCAUR; Purdue University
2016-22-572 Developing Optimal Management Programs for Annual Bluegrass Weevil Populations with Different Insecticide Resistance Levels Rutgers University
2016-23-573 Effects of Mowing Height and Nitrogen Fertilization on Annual Bluegrass Weevil Oviposition, Larval Development, and Turfgrass Damage Pennsylvania State University
2017-08-618 Biological Control of Annual Bluegrass Weevil with Novel Formulation Types and Application Systems for Entomopathogenic Fungi: Microsclerotia-Based Formulations and Hydrogels Rutgers University

 

Weed Science

USGA ID

Project Title

Institution

2016-12-562

Developing a Rapid Method for Diagnosing Herbicide Resistance in Annual Bluegrass

University of Tennessee
2016-19-569 Characterizing Growth and Life History of Silvery-Thread Moss in Cool-Season Putting Greens: Assessing Vulnerability to Stress in the Life Cycle University of Nevada; Kansas State University
2017-03-613 Use of Fraze Mowing and Herbicides to Eradicate Bermudagrass in Putting Greens or Production Fields University of Arkansas; University of Tennessee