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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.

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.