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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.

June 2, 2010

Dr. Michael Fidanza, a member of Penn State's Turfgrass Program located at Berks Campus (and Courtesy Appointment in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences) recently received the 2010 Penn State Berks Outstanding Researcher Award during the commencement breakfast on May 15, 2010.

May 16, 2010

The Penn State Turfgrass Project is pleased to announce the first annual award of the E.H. Griffith Endowed Scholarship. This scholarship will be awarded annually to a deserving Penn State Turfgrass Science student nominated by the faculty at Penn State.

May 11, 2010

On Thursday, May 6, 2010 the Pennsylvania Turfgrass Council (PTC) Awarded scholarships to three outstanding graduating seniors in Penn State's undergraduate turfgrass science major.

April 19, 2010

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.

April 15, 2010

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.

April 8, 2010

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.

April 5, 2010

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.

March 29, 2010

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.

January 24, 2010

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.

December 4, 2009

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.

August 27, 2009

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.

August 27, 2009

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.

August 13, 2009

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.