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Congratulations to Mingying Xiang for earning national turfgrass science award

KSU PhD student Mingying Xiang is one of this year’s recipients of the prestigious Chris Stiegler Travel Award. She will formally receive the award next week at the annual meeting of the Crop Science Society of America/American Society of Agronomy/Soil Science Society of America.

Congratulations Mingying! She is recognized for her academic achievements in the classroom, research accomplishments, and leadership activities.

Mingying’s research is focused on evaluating zoysiagrass breeding lines for cold hardiness, quality, and resistance to the disease large patch along with studying the potential for tall fescue-zoysiagrass blends to reduce the disease brown patch while maintaining overall summer quality.



Don’t miss the 2017 KSU Turfgrass Field Day – August 3rd

The next Turfgrass Field Day will be held on Thursday, August 3, 2017 at the John C. Pair Horticultural Research Center, Wichita.
The KTF Turf Field Days are a great way to see and learn about the turfgrass research at K-State first hand. The events are held annually in the summer at the turfgrass research locations of Kansas State University.

The Field Day qualifies for recertification credit hr for commercial pesticide applicators.

You can now Register and Pay Online at  https://2017turffieldday.eventbrite.com
or you can register by downloading, printing, and mailing go to the 2017 Field Day brochure.

Exhibitors can get more information from the Exhibitor Registration Form.

Schedule of the 2017 Field Day 
8:00 a.m. Registration (coffee, tea, donuts)
Visit Exhibitors
8:45         Welcome
9:00        Tour Highlights:

*Turfgrass Weed Control Update
*Turf & Ornamental Diseases
*Bermudagrass & Zoysiagrass Cultivar Selection
*Using Kansas Mesonet to Imrpove Accuracy in Landscape Irrigation
*Right Plant, FROM the Right Place
* Prairie Star Flowers
*Tall Fescue NTEP
*Turf & Ornamental Insect Control
11:30       Lunch

After Lunch

  • Equipment Demonstrations

If you have any questions, please contact,
    Christy Dipman 
    1712 Claflin, 2021 Throckmorton Hall
Manhattan, Kansas 66506
Phone: (785) 532-6173
Fax: (785) 532-6949



HAGCSA – Scholarship Opportunities for Students

(By Jared Hoyle; KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)


It’s getting close to that time of year again – to start promoting available scholarship opportunities through the Heart of America GCSA.  Please help spread the word to your students (when school starts in August).  Deadline is October 31, 2016.


The Heart of America GCSA Scholarship Program offers educational aid to deserving students in the turfgrass program at an accredited college or university in Kansas or Missouri.

A total up to $5,000 is allocated each year to deserving students. Applicants will compete based on their overall qualifications determined by the Scholarship and Research Committee.

2016 academic term

(Must carry a 2.75GPA or higher for consideration.)

Scholarship Application – 2016 – PDF File

Scholarship Application – 2016 – Word File

October 31, 2016

Submit to:

Heart of America GCSA

Scholarship & Research Committee

638 W. 39th Street, Kansas City, MO 64111


Kim Weitzel; kweitzel@westerneda.com




Sports Fields Management & Maintenance Workshop – May 25, 2016

(By Jared Hoyle; KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)


Ozark Christian College 1111 N. Main Street

Joplin, Missouri 64801

Why Should You Attend?



Improperly managed sports fields are known to have caused injuries to student athletes, including concussions, broken bones, and sprains.

What will you learn?

Ways to reduce field-caused sports injuries

Solutions to turf maintenance problems specifically for your field

Warm-season turf fields maintenance and renovation

Cool-season turf fields maintenance and renovation

Soil management makes all the difference

 Calculating quantities of materials

 Finding actual costs of maintenance

 Creating funding justifications

 Budgeting for field expenses

For more information see the links below.

2016 05 25 Flyer Athletic Fields

2016 05 25 Brochure Sports Field Workshop (2)

KGCSA Scholarship and Research Tournament – Sign up today!

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Attached is the team entry form.   It is filling up quickly!

If you have anything to donate to the Live Auction, please indicate on the entry form or let me know.   You can donate equipment, autographed memorabilia, golf clubs, rounds of golf, electronics, product, gift certificates, etc. — you name it!

The Sponsorship Opportunity form is also attached.  This is our largest event of the year and it is a great opportunity to have your company’s name honored and recognized by our membership for your support of this well-attended event.

Looking forward to another successful tournament!



Sign up for The Turfgrass Management Workshop in Colby, KS

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

Sign up today for the Turfgrass Management Workshop in Colby, KS.  This event is for anyone who manages turfgrass, from homeowners to professionals.

Kurt Sexton will be talking about soil sampling and the appropriate methods and I will be presenting on how to prepare your turfgrass for 2016.  Following the presentations we will have a question and answer session, so bring your questions!

Hope to see you there!

turf workshop colby



How to help 911 help you

As part of our winter series on business topics, I decided to share this article called “Working with EMS Professionals” from the Tree Care Industry magazine.

The article reminds readers of some very basic points, but they are things that people might forget about in the heat of an emergency. Here are two tips, and the article provides more.

  • Does everyone on the crew know the address of where they are? Those cell phone locations services don’t always work, and sometimes they are WAY off. Make sure everyone (or at least more than ONE person – that might be the person who is unconscious!) knows where you are.
  • Be prepared to clearly and concisely describe the nature of the emergency, such as how many patients there are (if there are two patients, they might need two ambulances).

For the full article, go to the following link. It’s just a couple of pages long. Click through the e-pages to the page labeled 42.


On campus a few years ago I came across a bike accident scene, and two people had dialed 911 right as I was walking up. They were clearly panicked, had no idea of how to describe where they were on campus, and time was being wasted. So, I asked for the phone and I was able to talk to the dispatcher and move things along.  (A whole other topic is to make sure your workers have some basic first aid skills too. In this case I was able to do a few basic things until the EMTs arrived. Those two other people were pretty clueless…).

Reducing the heartburn of firing someone

Have you ever had to fire someone? If you are in a position of management, you probably have. If you haven’t yet, most likely you will in the future.

I have, and it caused both heartache and heartburn. Luckily I had a great person in human resources to help me through the process.

The following article (from a greenhouse trade magazine, GrowerTalks) provides a concise list of tips to help you through this process:

“The fine art of firing”