Save The Date: 66th Annual Southeast Turfgrass Conference Set For April 23rd And 24th April 2, 2012 By Pat O'Brien

Dr. Brian Schwartz is the leader of the UGA-Tifton breeding team and the conference chairman for the 66th Southeast Turfgrass Conference at Tifton, GA.  His bermudagrass and zoysiagrass breeding programs are positioned to bring new turfgrass varieties to the market in future years.

Plans are set for the 66th Annual Southeast Turfgrass Conference on April 23 - 24th at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. Co-sponsors of this meeting include the USGA Green Section, UGA Extension, USDA, ABAC, GTA, GGCSA, and the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station. This meeting will be enjoyable for anyone associated with golf including superintendents, club managers, golf professionals, golf course owners, architects, Green and Golf Committees, and any golfer interested in the topics. This year’s format will be a little different. We begin with a dinner on April 23rd and have a meeting and tour of turf plots on April 24th.    

The Line Up

April 23rd – Turf Tour and Dinner at Pike Creek Turfgrass Nursery  

If you are going to be in Tifton on April 23rd, please join us for a tour and dinner at Pike Creek Turf Farms at 3:00 p.m.  Details and directions are available in the program available at this link:  /content/dam/usga/pdf/imported/course-care/Turfgrass2012.pdf .

April 24th – Meeting at UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center 

The meeting will be held at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center, Tifton, GA and the registration fee is $100 (payment by April 10th) or $125 (payment after April 10th).  The meeting features many distinguished speakers: 

Dr. Brian Schwartz, UGA - Tifton – Bermudagrass, Zoysiagrass, and Centipedegrass Breeding 

Dr. Alfredo Martinez, UGA - Griffin – Emerging and Re-Emerging Diseases of Warm-Season Grasses 

Dr. Patrick McCullough, UGA - Griffin – Controlling Problem Weeds With New Herbicide Chemistries  

Dr. Bert McCarty, Clemson – Zoysiagrass for Greens? A Peach of an Idea  

Dr. James McCrimmon, ABAC – Organic Fertilizers   

Dr. Gerald Henry, Texas Tech – Parched Earth: Effects of the Historic Texas Drought 

Dr. John Sorochan, University of Tennessee – Optimizing Athletic Field Performance and Safety 

Anthony Williams, Stone Mountain, GA – Environmental Stewardship for the Successful Golf Superintendent 

Dr. Grady Miller, North Carolina State University – How Green Do You Want Your Turf? 

John Mascaro, Turf-Tec – The History of Aeration : The “Hole” Story 


April 24th - Research Tour – UGA Tifton Station 

Also on April 24th, all the attendees are welcome to come out and see the latest research on warm-season turfgrasses. Tours will be conducted at the Research Plots starting at 3:00 p.m. and the discussions will include: 

Eric Elsner – UGA Tifton – Zoysiagrass Breeding and Bermudagrass Evaluation 

Austin Grimshaw – UGA Tifton – Herbicide Resistance in Bermudagrass: Development and Evaluation 

Trent Tate – UGA Griffin – Evaluation of Turfgrass and Weeds for Resistance to ACCase Inhibiting Herbicides 

How to Register

Sign up is best done by registration at the either of these websites below:  or 

Click on the events tab and register.

Or you can call Dr. Brian Schwartz at 229-386-3272 or send him an email at 

Pesticide credits for superintendents will be available for attendees.

Source: Patrick O'Brien 770-229-8125 or  and Chris Hartwiger 205-444-5079 or