CLEMSON, S.C. — After COVID-19 forced the 2020 Clemson University Turfgrass Research and Education Field Day to go virtual and cancelled the 2021 field day, organizers report it’s back in person this year.
There is no charge for the 2022 Turfgrass Field Day, which begins at 8:45 a.m. on Tuesday, Aug. 16, at the Walker Golf Course Maintenance Facility, 412 Cherry Road, Clemson, S.C. 29634.
“Anyone interested in attending the field day can just show up,” said Bert McCarty, Clemson turfgrass professor, certified professional agronomist and field day organizer. “It will be warm, so attendees are encouraged to dress accordingly.”
A host of topics will be covered, including updates on a Poa annua project, a leaf and sheath blight – mini-ring – biology and control project, native plant selection for out-of-play areas on South Carolina golf courses, diseases and fungicides, as well as control and management strategies for bermudagrass stunt mites.
Field tours include stops at research greens to discuss Virginia buttonweed, crabgrass and controls of spurge and bermudagrass off-types. Information about new greens grades for ultradwarf bermudagrasses and ultradwarf zoysiagrasses for pest resistance and puttability also will be provided.
Additional educational stops will provide participants with information about using Samurai herbicide to control Cock’s Comb Kyllinga, controls to use for post-Cock’s Comb Kyllinga, as well as new bermudagrass for fairways, sports fields and home lawns for maximum pest resistance, new zoysiagrasses for fairways and home lawns with inherent pest resistance, St. Augustine grass cultivar evaluation trial for turf performance and copper tolerance of Tifeagle Bermudagrass. McCarty will provide an evaluation of herbicide safener Recognition on zoysiagrass, bermudagrass, and St. Augustine grass.
Following lunch, participants will travel to Clemson’s Death Valley to learn about sting nematodes and fraze mowing for thatch removal and turf recovery. Self-guided tours of Clemson turfgrass research facilities will be available.
Pre-registration is not required. Lunch will be on-your-own. Participants who plan to play a round or two of golf can call the Walker Golf Course Pro-Shop at (864) 656-0236 for tee times.
McCarty is a master of turfgrass research, amassing several accolades during his career including the Distinguished Service Award from the Carolinas Golf Course Superintendents Association. He is a frequent speaker at regional, national and international events and has authored or co-authored 16 books as well as hundreds of book chapters, journal articles and research reports, and almost 600 scientific presentations and abstracts.
His latest book, “Characteristics of herbicides for turf, ornamental landscapes and aquatics,” provides information on herbicides often used in commercial turfgrass, ornamental landscapes and aquatics. McCarty co-authored the book with Matt Cutulle, weed scientist housed at Clemson’s Coastal Research and Education Center, and Adam Gore, Clemson Cooperative Extension Service agriculture and horticulture Extension agent in Abbeville County and member of the Clemson Extension horticulture program team.
The book is intended for professional landscapers, lawn care operators, golf course superintendents, sod farm managers, sports field managers, students, regulatory agencies and other professionals.
It is designed to provide the experienced professional with a handy reference for use on site. Color photographs throughout illustrate concepts and topics and various problems often encountered when products are not used properly or circumstances beyond a manager’s control occur. Topics covered include herbicide chemistry, environmental fate, herbicide resistance, herbicide mode-of-action, and their grouping based on their modes-of-action.