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Congrats to Ross Braun for KSU student award

The KSU Turf Team is always proud of our students.

Horticulture Graduate Student Awarded First Place at K-State Graduate Research Forum

K-State HNR graduate student, Ross Braun competed in the poster competition against other K-State graduate students at the 2017 Kansas State Graduate Research, Arts, and Discovery Forum in Manhattan, KS. Ross placed 1st in the Agricultural Sciences poster session and was awarded a $500 scholarship prize, the title of his poster was “Nitrous Oxide Emissions in a Turfgrass Environment.” Congrats Ross!

For a photo of Ross, check out the HNR Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/kstate.hfrr/

Turfgrass Care for Homeowners on the K-State Radio Network

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

Just recently I was invited to speak with Eric Atkinson, host of Agriculture Today a daily program distributed to radio stations throughout the state. It features K-State agricultural specialists and other experts examining agricultural issues facing Kansas and the nation. I spoke with Eric about some issues that Kansas homeowners might be facing with their lawns and a couple things that homeowners shouldn’t worry about this year.

Click on the link below and hear more about;

  • possible winter injury
  • fertility
  • weed control
  • and more!

Always remember to READ THE LABEL for the correct rate, turfgrass tolerance, and specific instructions before application!!!

***Mention of trade names or commercial products in this article is solely for identification purposes and does not imply recommendation or endorsement, nor is criticism implied of similar products not mentioned by Kansas State University.***

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Also, visit our facebook page www.facebook.com/KSUTurf

January educational events

Looking for some winter educational conferences and trade shows? You might like to check these out:

Thank yous and Resources from the Kansas Turfgrass Conference/Nurseryworks

Hello everyone,

Thank you to those who attended the conference last week. Thanks to those who signed up for the blog. Thank you to the vendors! I put a copy of the vendor list below.

Here is a list of some of the resources we mentioned. If you forgot to jot them down, here you go:

GENERAL RESOURCES

K-State Turf Main Page:

http://www.k-state.edu/turf/

 

TEACHING PROGRAM

 

K-STATE SOCIAL MEDIA

 

ORGANIZATIONS:

 

TURF RESOURCES

 

TREES and ORNAMENTALS RESOURCES

 

KSU Turf Unmanned Aircraft Videos:

 

Thank you exhibitors!

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Why YOU should come to the Kansas Turfgrass Conference!

Are you still deciding whether to attend the Kansas Turf Conference next week?

Here are just a few of the many reasons why that answer should be YES!

* Looking for some networking opportunities? Over 400 of your peers in the turf, landscape, and ornamentals industry have already signed up. The trade show floor will be a great place to exchange ideas, see old friends, and meet some new ones. In last year’s conference evaluation, 96% of survey respondents said, “The conference gave me opportunities to network with others in the industry.”

* In last year’s evaluation, 96% of survey respondents said, “The conference was worth my time and effort.” We think this year’s conference will be too!

* In last year’s evaluation, 92% of survey respondents said,”The conference increased my understanding of integrated pest management.” This year includes  many different sessions about insects, diseases, and weeds, with lots of opportunities to earn pesticide credit including a hands-on disease id booth in the trade show.

* In last year’s evaluation, 91% of survey respondents said, “The conference increased my understanding of people-related skills.”  The 2016 conference will feature hot new topics about how to be a better competitor, cultivating professionalism, and more business topics.

Not convinced yet?  Check out the full program here:

http://www.kansasturfgrassfoundation.com/uploads/8/9/7/3/8973595/2106turfconf_web.pdf

You can register online here:

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-kansas-turfgrass-conference-trade-show-in-conjunction-with-knla-registration-27551865371

Kansas Turf Conference is right around the corner

The Kansas Turf Conference, in conjunction with the Kansas Nursery and Landscape Association, is coming up in just a few weeks.

You can find the program brochure at the following link, with the schedule, presentation titles, and more:

http://www.kansasturfgrassfoundation.com/uploads/8/9/7/3/8973595/2106turfconf_web.pdf

These are just a few of the many great topics for 2016:

  • Pesticides and Pollinators
  • How Come My Herbicide Application Didn’t Work?
  • Are You a Fierce Competitor?
  • Water in the Green Industry
  • Nothing Happens Without a Sale

… and more! Again, visit the site above for the entire schedule.

In addition to presentations, we will have some informal round-table discussions in the trade show.

By popular demand, our “Meet the Pests” diagnostic quiz will be available again as a fun, hands-on way to earn 0.5 hrs of 3A/3B credit.

# KSUTURF Teaching, Research and Extension at its BEST!

(By Jared Hoyle; KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

We have a lot going on out at Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, KS.  One project is about 3 acres of new research plots with irrigation.  With the support and donations from CiteOne, Hunter, MidWest Laser Leveling, Ewing, Netfim and others (I apologize if I have left anyone out, it has been a long week) we will have new areas for future research, teaching and extension programs.  From the entire Horticulture and Natural Resources department we thank you for making this project possible!

One of the best parts of this project is being able to incorporate the Horticulture Irrigation Class.  They have been hard at work with the installation of the research plots.  From laying out the plots to digging trenches they get hands on experience with irrigation installation.

This is a great project because it is not only research plots but it is a teaching and learning experience for undergraduate students.

Enjoy the pictures and as you can see we had some issues with mother nature!  There will be more to come but just wanted to let everyone know how the Department of Horticulture and Natural Resources is combining the three missions of a land-grant university of Teaching, Research and Extension for Kansas.

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Low Water Use Turfgrass Event – Hays, KS

Tuesday evening, Sept. 20 is set for the annual Horticulture Night at the Kansas State University Agricultural Research Center in Hays. This year the emphasis is on low water use turfgrass demonstration plots, tomato and pepper varietal trials, and the Prairie Star flower performance trials.  The event is scheduled later in the summer this year than usual so attendees can better view the results of the complete season.

Dr. Jared Hoyle will be there to answer any turfgrass questions you might have!

http://www.ksre.k-state.edu/news/news-stories/2016-news-releases/august/horticulturenight-hays.html

 

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Golf Tournament to Support K-State Turfgrass Students

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

Need something to do on October 1st?  Come out to Colbert Hills Golf Course, play a round of golf and support the Kansas State University Golf Course Superintendents Student Chapter.

The money raised in this tournament pays for the students travel to attend the Golf Industry Show (By GCSAA) in Orlando, FL in 2017 and participate in the National College Turf Bowl Championship.

Come out and support the students!  Hope to see you there. Information about registration is below!

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Broadleaf Weed Control and PRE Crabgrass Control – VIDEO

(By Jared Hoyle and Jake Reeves, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

Just a couple weeks ago the turfgrass team held the Annual Kansas Turfgrass Field day in Manhattan, KS at the Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center.  At one of the stops Dr. Jared Hoyle talked about new products that are on the marked for post-emergent broadleaf weed control and pre-emergent crabgrass control.  If you couldn’t make it out to field day here is a short little video about what you missed.