CHARLESTON – Back by popular demand,  Clemson University is having a Poa Control Field Day from 8:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. on April 17 at Wild Dunes Resort on Isle of Palms.

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Learn how to keep your turfgrass free of Poa annua during Clemson’s Poa Control Field Day April 17.
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Bert McCarty, a Clemson professor of turfgrass science and management, said the last Poa Control Field Day was held in 2013. Poa is short for Poa annua, a cool-season annual grass also known as bluegrass.

“The severity of this weed and a tremendous increase in herbicide resistance is leaving people with fewer control options,” McCarty said. “The demand from the public has been so great, we felt it was time to hold another field day to give golf course superintendents and other professionals who maintain commercial turfgrass properties an opportunity to learn how to control this weed.”

The Poa Control Field Day begins with registration at 8:30 a.m. at the Links Clubhouse. Field day participants will travel to research sites where they will learn about Poa annua control in non-overseeded and overseeded bermudagrass. A question-and-answer session will follow the visits.

The Poa Control Field Day is free and open to the public. A small fee will be required for anyone who wants to eat lunch at the clubhouse, as well as for anyone who wants to play golf.

“Come see and compare your control program against contemporary ones which consider herbicide resistance that is spreading throughout the southeastern United States,” McCarty said.

This field day is being held in cooperation with Scott Ferguson, director of golf course maintenance at Wild Dunes Resort. Ferguson said this field day is a great way for everyone responsible for golf courses to learn the latest Poa annua control measures.

“Poa annua is by far the No. 1 winter weed in the Carolinas,” Ferguson said. “For those of us who overseed, it is particularly troublesome. As golf course superintendents, this field day gives us the opportunity to see firsthand real-world results of different pesticide combinations, rates and timing. As superintendents, we could never find the time to experiment to this degree. The results are a tremendous resource for making educated decisions.

“We truly appreciate the commitment of Dr. McCarty and Clemson University for their dedication to the golf industry and golf course superintendents of the Carolinas,” he said.

Participants in this year’s field day will visit about 30 plots that have been used in the Poa control study. No pre-registration is required. For more information, visit