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Updating the Information and Communication for UNL Turfgrass

06/21/2023

Overview of the changes that are occurring in the turf.unl.edu website in education with outreach and communication.

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Agenda and Registration Open for 2023 Nebraska Turfgrass Field Day

05/26/2023

The agenda and registration for the 2023 Nebraska Turfgrass Field Day are now available. This is a great opportunity to see and learn about the ongoing research that is happening in the Turfgrass program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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Date Set for 2023 Nebraska Turfgrass Field Day

04/13/2023

The Nebraska Turfgrass Field Day will take place on Friday, July 28, 2023 at the East Campus Turfgrass Research Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Registration and agenda for the field day will be posted at a later date. For more information and updates on the field day, go to turf.unl.edu/nebraska-turfgrass-field-day.

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Updated Management Calendar for Cool Season Lawns in Eastern Nebraska

04/03/2023

Updated to our turf.unl.edu website is the Cool Season Lawn Calendar for Eastern Nebraska. The information on this calendar is specifically for cool-season grasses such as Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, and perennial ryegrass that are grown in lawns specifically in eastern Nebraska. The duration of the calendar is from April to November and includes guidance for fertilization in newer lawns (less than 20 years old) and older lawns, cultural practices, and pest control.

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New Extension Educator Amanda Folck

03/02/2023

Hello Everyone! My name is Amanda Folck and I am the new Extension Educator in turfgrass management for the turfgrass program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. I recently graduated from Purdue University with a Master of Science degree in Horticulture. I also worked full-time with the Purdue Athletics Department from June 2019 to December 2022, where I worked mainly with football at Ross-Ade Stadium and other football and athletic facilities. I also worked at Texas A&M Athletics Department from May 2017 to June 2019, where I oversaw the soccer field, Ellis Field, and helped in the other athletic facilities. I am also an alumnus of Clark State Community College with my Associate of Science degree in General Science and my Bachelor of Science degree from the Ohio State University in Sustainable Plant Systems: Turfgrass Science.

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Gaussoin named 2023 USGA Green Section Award recipient

02/21/2023

Gaussoin, who is being honored for introducing new technologies and processes that advance putting green construction and management, will be honored at the USGA’s Annual Awards Dinner on Feb. 25 in Napa, California as part of the organization’s annual meeting.

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Winter Traffic and Play on Turfgrass

12/06/2022

The Northern Great Plains winter weather patterns are much like riding a roller coaster. Single digit nighttime temperatures and 55 degrees or greater daytime temperatures are not uncommon. Wide swings in daytime temperature may have you thinking about shorts one week and long underwear the next. Couple this roller coaster temperature ride with projections of another dry, with minimal snow cover, winter and conditions are less than favorable for foot and vehicle traffic on turfgrass, regardless of the ambient temperature.

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UNL Turfgrass Sciences Team provides industry-leading expertise

09/01/2022

Labor challenges are nothing new to the turfgrass industry and labor shortages have been especially hard felt over the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. The University of Nebraska-Lincoln Turfgrass Sciences program is not immune, and we are also facing a temporary personnel shortage. We are currently working to get back to a full roster and in the absence of a full team it has been challenging to communicate all the great things being done at the University.

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Working in the heat on turfgrass facilities

07/27/2022

Working in the heat is needed on turfgrass facilities but letting the weather cause serious harm to you and your workers is not. The following is from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Heat-Related Illness page.

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Be cautious with herbicide applications and high temperatures

07/27/2022

The projected weather outlook is predicting temperatures exceeding 90 F throughout Nebraska. Elevated temperatures slow cool season turf (Kentucky bluegrass and tall fescue) growth, especially when combined with low precipitation. Warm season grasses like zoysia and buffalograss increase growth potential during high temperatures. Summer annual grassy weeds like crabgrass, goosegrass and foxtail and the obstinate perennial weed, yellow nutsedge outgrow, and may sometimes dominate, cool season turfs during the summer months.

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