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March 2, 2011

Penn State turfgrass research and education will get a boost as the result of a recent gift to the College of Agricultural Sciences. Pennsylvania Turfgrass Research Inc. gave the college $300,000 to establish an endowment -- the Pennsylvania Turf Research Innovation Fund -- that will provide financial support for studies to address important issues facing the turf industry, while creating new research opportunities for students.

February 22, 2011

The Penn State Agronomy Guide always has been nearly indispensable for many farmers. But the 2011-12 edition may be even more valuable than before. Updated and released bi-yearly by the College of Agricultural Sciences, the publication should now appeal to a wider audience, according to Marvin Hall, professor of forage management and co-author of the guide. "It's the traditional book, but it also contains crucial agricultural information for nontraditional agricultural producers," he said.

February 15, 2011

Four faculty members in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences - David Mortensen, William Curran, Sjoerd Duiker and Jeffrey Hyde - and graduate student Matthew Ryan were honored Feb. 7 by the Weed Science Society of America for their outstanding contributions to the field of weed science.

February 9, 2011

Dan Shemesh's earliest and fondest memories involve sports. So it was only natural that he chose a career related to fields where they are played. Recently named director of grounds for Major League Soccer's New York Red Bulls at only 29, the 2003 Penn State graduate in Turfgrass Management already has left his footprint on the fields of many respected professional stadiums.

February 3, 2011

The Heinz Endowments recently awarded a team of Penn State researchers a $412,000, three-year, grant to identify and mitigate the effects of Marcellus Shale natural gas exploration and development on the forest ecosystem. The interdisciplinary research team, led by Margaret Brittingham, professor of wildlife resources, and Patrick Drohan, assistant professor of pedology, both faculty members in the College of Agricultural Sciences, also will develop land management practices and a monitoring program to reduce the Marcellus disturbance footprint.

January 25, 2011

A researcher in Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences has been awarded a $1 million grant by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Institute of Food and Agriculture for his investigation of anthracnose disease in sorghum.

January 21, 2011

Derek Pruyne, a Penn State student majoring in Turfgrass Science, has been selected as a College of Agricultural Sciences Alumni Society Internship Award winner. Pruyne is the son of Thomas and Lori Pruyne of Athens, PA.

January 20, 2011

Mr. Aiden Graven a junior in Penn State's Turfgrass Science Major was recently awarded the Golf Course Builders Association of America Foundation Award.

December 14, 2010

The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) and the Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE) have announced the winners of the 2010 SAFE Scholarships. Five Penn State students have been awarded scholarships and will be recognized at the STMA Awards Banquet on January 14, 2011.

October 8, 2010

Reminiscent of Crocodile Dundee, only wielding a much smaller knife, Jeff Graybill was fearless when cutting open a sugar beet last Friday at Merv Lapp’s farm.

September 16, 2010

It's not unusual for someone to love puppies, chocolate or summer. Nor is it strange for someone to love listening to the Beatles, receiving presents or going to the beach. However, it is a bit peculiar for someone to love what Erick Landis does. He fell head over heels for ... turf.

September 10, 2010

When Penn State weed scientist David Mortensen told members of the U.S. House Oversight Committee this summer that the government should restrict the use of herbicide-tolerant crops and impose a tax on biotech seeds to fund research and educational programs for farmers, it caused quite a stir.

July 26, 2010

Folks with questions about managing their crops or weeds can get answers at the Crops, Soils and Conservation Tent at Penn State's Ag Progress Days, which will take place from August 17 to 19. Visitors to the crops and soils area can also take the "Weed ID" quiz and/or bring weeds with them for the experts to identify.

July 22, 2010

Longwood Gardens and Penn State's Turfgrass Program recently teamed-up to study several grasses and grass mixtures for use in reduced mowing situations. The project was initiated by Mr. Shawn Kister, Grounds Division Leader at Longwood Gardens (Penn State Turfgrass Science/Agronomy, class of 1995), as a means of reducing mowing and gasoline costs, yet still having an aesthetically-pleasing stand of grass in some of Longwood's reduced maintenance areas.

July 6, 2010

Most Pennsylvania homeowners are seeing parched, brown grass as they step out their front door this first week of July. The lack of appreciable rain over the past few weeks coupled with low humidity and high temperatures have set the stage for a long, tough summer for lawns. The best thing to do for your lawn right now is leave it alone...

July 2, 2010

By its nature, a national conference on manure tends to generate more dung jokes than ecological perspective. But when Penn State's College of Agricultural Sciences hosts the 2010 Manure Expo on July 15 at the Russell E. Larson Agricultural Research Center at Rock Springs, humor will give way to insights on principles of environmental balance and nutrient utilization.

July 1, 2010

A recently released report from the Chesapeake Stormwater Network entitled The Clipping Point: Turf Cover Estimates for the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and Management Implications, indicates that turfgrass may be the largest single 'crop' in the Chesapeake Bay watershed, exceeding total individual acreage for row crops, pastures, or forages.

June 10, 2010

Penn State had over 50 students graduate with a B.S. degree in turfgrass science this year. A full 41 graduates donned the cap and gown and participated in commencement ceremonies. Others were already at their new jobs and were unable to attend commencement.

June 4, 2010

Chase Rogan, a first-year graduate student working towards his MS degree in turfgrass nutrition at the Penn State Center for Turfgrass Science, has won the Golf Course Superintendent's Association of America (GCSAA) 2010 Student Essay Contest. His first-place essay, titled 'Audubon Cooperative Sanctuary Program: Making Golf Courses Greener,' earned Chase a $2000 scholarship from the Environmental Institute for Golf (EIFG).

June 3, 2010

Using cover crops to prevent nitrogen leaching into waterways and reduce soil erosion; future research points to integration of legume cover crops with synthetic fertilizer.