Product Testing March 13, 2015

Every year, golf course superintendents are introduced to new products in the marketplace. Without results from objective research, superintendents are asked to make buying decisions based on testimonials from colleagues based on previous experience. Several surveys indicate that golf course superintendents desire side-by-side product evaluations to assist them in making product purchases. The need for this type of information resulted in product testing research. Currently, USGA is funding ten projects that fall into this category.

Project Title


Evaluation of an Inorganic Soil Amendment to Reduce and Manage Fairy Ring Symptoms in Turfgrass.

Pennsylvania State University

Reducing watershed scale phosphorus export through integrated management practices


Plant Growth Regulator and Soil Surfactants’ Effects on Drought and Salinity Stressed Bermudagrass and Seashore Paspalum

New Mexico State University

Product Testing Turf Colorants for Aesthetics and/or as an Alternative to Overseeding

North Carolina State University

Summer Interseeding and Aggressive Post-Seeding Herbicides to Reduce Annual Bluegrass in Fairways

University of Nebraska

Testing a Promising Herbicide to Control Annual Bluegrass (Poa annua) in Creeping Bentgrass Putting Greens

University of Missouri

Developing Weed Management Programs for Creeping Bentgrass Fairways Using Low Environmental Impact Herbicides

University of Tennessee

The Effects of Micro-Blaze Turf Care on Creeping Bentgrass and Bermudagrass Putting Green Quality, Root Growth, and Soil Moisture

Oklahoma State University

Evaluation of New Bermudagrass Cultivars for Golf Course Putting Greens

National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP)

Evaluation of Organic Amendments and Delivery Technologies for Control of Large Patch Disease (Rhizoctonia solani) on Zoysiagrass (Zoysia japonica) Fairways

University of Missouri, University of Arkansas, and Oklahoma State University

Evaluations of New Turfgrass Fertilizers - Field and Laboratory Studies

Auburn University