CLEMSON – It’s time to tee up for the 2018 Clemson University Turfgrass Research and Education Field Day.

The 2018 Clemson Turfgrass Field Day is scheduled for August 14 on the Clemson campus.

The 2018 Clemson University Turfgrass Research and Education Field Day is scheduled for August 14 on the Clemson campus.
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Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the field day beginning at 9 a.m. on Aug. 14 in the Owen Pavilion behind the Madren Conference Center on the Clemson campus. Field day coordinator Bert McCarty, a professor of turfgrass science and management, said this year’s field day is full of vital information for everyone who grows, uses or is interested in learning more about the turfgrass industry.

“Field day participants will see the latest research pertaining to turfgrass,” McCarty said. “They also will have an opportunity to learn about the latest trends in the turfgrass industry.”

Following a welcome by Jeff Adelberg, interim co-chair of Clemson’s plant and environmental sciences department, and Tim Kreger, executive director of the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association, McCarty will talk about issues affecting the turfgrass industry.

Field day participants embark on a tour that stops first at the Walker Golf Course where McCarty will talk about post-emergence control of various weeds. Bobby Kerr, a doctoral student, will talk about using water to activate various herbicides to reduce turf phytotoxicity damage from compounds including salt and pesticides.

Philip Brown, a Clemson post-doctoral researcher, who will discuss new foliar fertilizers; Nate Gambrell, a Clemson research technician, will talk about using Glytrel to potentially reduce phytotoxicity when using herbicides; and Silas Ledford, a master’s student, will talk about reducing seedheads of diamond zoysiagrass with plant growth regulators. The final presentation at the Walker Golf Course stop will be doctoral student Josh Weaver talking about the results of new products used to reduce biological thatch.

The tour then makes a stop at the Turf Service Center, where master’s student Caleb Patrick will talk about nickel tolerance in cool-season turfgrass. Master’s student Jacob Taylor will provide an update on bermudagrass shade tolerance as influenced by plant growth regulators and micronutrients. J.C. Chong, an Extension specialist in turf and ornamentals entomology, will give a management update for stunt mites in bermudagrass and Dara Park, an associate professor of horticulture and a member of the Clemson Water Sources Program team, will talk about the latest water-saving devices and strategies for turfgrass managers.

Other speakers at the Turf Service Center include Haibo Liu, a professor of turfgrasses and soil science, who will talk about how to protect turfgrass during winter months; Bob Polomski, a specialist in ornamental plants and trees, will update participants on issues he has encountered this year and provide tips on successful use of ornamental plants in the landscape; and doctoral student Luke Dant will give a research update on mini-ring disease of ultradwarf greens, followed by a presentation by Gambrell, who will talk about tropical signalgrass control options. McCarty will discuss control of torpedograss and watergrass and doctoral student Josh Weaver will wrap up the Turf Service Center stop with a discussion on how new pesticide-related rules and regulations will affect turfgrass businesses.

This year’s field day ends with a visit to Memorial Football Stadium, where participants will tour Clemson’s sports turf facilities.

The event is free and open to the public. Pesticide continuing education credits for South Carolina, North Carolina and Georgia will be offered, as well as certified crop adviser and certified professional agronomist continuing education credits and Golf Course Superintendents Association of America education points for golf course superintendents. For more information, contact McCarty at 864-656-0120 or bmccrty@clemson.edu.

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