Crabgrass is the No. 1 weed problem in Pennsylvania lawns and can turn your picture-perfect turf into a real mess by late summer. But crabgrass can be controlled if you choose the right herbicide and apply it at the correct time of year, according to a turfgrass specialist in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences.
Dave Mortensen, professor of weed ecology/biology in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences, has been chosen to receive the Alex and Jessie C. Black Award for Excellence in Research.
When tuning in to watch the Masters - whether to see how Tiger Woods plays after his recent troubles, or just to watch the greatest golfers in the world perform on arguably the game's most prominent stage - viewers will no doubt marvel at the beauty of the Augusta National Golf Club. Alumni from the Golf Course Turfgrass Management program in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences play a big role in keeping these Georgia golf courses among the best in the world.
The first-of-its-kind program offers professionals who manage golf courses and sports complexes a convenient way to become leaders in their profession while remaining on the job.
Increasingly, Pennsylvania farmers are using cover crops to limit erosion from fields, control weed growth, fix nitrogen in the soil, feed livestock and produce biomass for energy. But depending on an agricultural producer's needs, all cover crops are not created equally, according to a crop and soil scientist in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.
Penn State Turfgrass Science Students take first in both 4-yr and 2-yr division in the Sixth annual STMA Student Challenge in Orlando FL in January 2010. The awards are presented in partnership with the SAFE Foundation and Hunter Industries. Hunter Industries’ continued sponsorship picks up the tab for all Student Challenge competitors’ STMA Conference registration. Through the generosity of SAFE, the Student Challenge provides the winning two-year team and the winning four-year team each with a $4,000 grant to fund a practical learning lab at their college or university.
Invasive plants are advancing into Eastern forests at an alarming rate, and the rapid spread has been linked by researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences to forest road maintenance and the type of dirt and stone used on roads.
Few can say that millions have looked upon their work with approval, but Andrew Bartley can; for the Penn State alumnus, it’s just another day at the office.
Seeking to be a role model for farmers in the state and across the Northeast, Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences will undertake aerial seeding of a cover crop in late August or early September. This year a cover crop mixture of winter canola, yellow sweet clover and crimson clover will be applied aerially on 200 acres of corn and soybeans located northeast of the University Park campus in Centre County.
It has been said that the sun never sets on Penn State-developed turfgrass varieties because they carpet so many golf courses around the world. Similarly, many of the best golf courses on the planet are under the care of Penn State-educated turfgrass professionals. Another high-profile example was on display Aug. 13–16 when the best professional golfers descended on Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., for the PGA Championship.
Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences and FieldTurf, which bills itself as the world-leader in sports surfacing, have partnered to develop the world's first facility dedicated to sports surface research, with a five-year commitment that will center around research on synthetic turf, running tracks and indoor sports surfaces. This research collaboration is expected to further accelerate safety within the synthetic sports surfacing industry.
Researchers in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences — funded by a grant of approximately $2.5 million from the U.S. Department of Agriculture — will study the interaction between weed, insect and soil-management methods for organic production of small grains, corn and soybeans.
Several awards recognizing the achievements of faculty, extension educators, staff and students in the environmental and natural resources sciences in Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences were recently announced by the Environment and Natural Resource Institute.
When Sara Camuso turned 16, her father told her to get a job, or she would have to go to work with him. “When I couldn't find a job, I ended up working with my dad, who is a golf course superintendent,” recalls the 2008 Penn State turfgrass science graduate from Waynesboro, Pa. “By the end of the summer I really fell in love with what we were doing out there on the golf course.”
Growing your own organic produce is great way to save money and improve your diet, but for many students, apartment dwellers and others, having a garden is not a viable option. Now, Penn State students have developed an organic community garden that will offer local residents and the University community a chance to harvest their own home-grown bounty.