Category Archives: Turfgrass

Texas A&M Turfgrass program highlighted in Sportsturf online

This article was originally published by sportsturfonline.com   From time to time, Toro Grounds for Success newsletter talks to turf schools around the country to get a snapshot of current research and how it could shape tomorrow’s practices. [Toro] talked with Ben Wherley, Ph.D., of Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas. Wherley is an associate professor of turfgrass science and ecology in the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences. According to Wherley, hands-on experience outside the classroom is a big part of the turf program at Texas… Read More →

Texas A&M, ScottsMiracle-Gro to host May 3 grand opening of research facility

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Richard White, 979-845-1550, rh-white@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The grand opening of the ScottsMiracle-Gro Lawn and Garden Research Facility, located on Texas A&M University property at 3100 F&B Road in College Station, has been set for May 3. The new facility is part of a long-term agreement among ScottsMiracle-Gro, Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. The ceremony will begin at 10 a.m. The general public is welcome to attend. In addition to the speaker portion… Read More →

AgriLife Extension experts team up for Earth-Kind turfgrass trials in North Texas

By: Paul Schattenberg, 210-859-5752, paschattenberg@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Matt Elmore, 972-952-9220, matthew.elmore@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Steve George, 972-540-2019, s-george3@tamu.edu Dr. Greg Church, 972-548-4232, gtchurch@ag.tamu.edu DALLAS – A team of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service experts has initiated the first research trials on ornamental turfgrass varieties applying Earth-Kind landscaping principles, which emphasize environmental responsibility through water conservation and limited chemical inputs. The trials, which will be conducted over a period of several years, will take place at Myer’s Park and Event Center, a 158-acre site near McKinney. The park is also the… Read More →

The 2nd Annual Aggie Turfgrass Open

Aggie Turf Club wrapped up the spring semester with the 2nd Annual Aggie Turfgrass Open, held at Briarcrest Golf Club. Twenty-four SCSC Turfgrass Science students, faculty, and staff came out and had a great time participating in the 2-person scramble event. This year, we had a 2-way tie for 1st place (+2) between the teams of Russell Rafter/Casey Reynolds and Wes Dyer/Rodrigo Martinez. A big thank you to Briarcrest superintendents Bobby Holt and Jacob Menn for hosting us as well as Brian Cloud (GCSAA) for sponsoring a closest… Read More →

New turfgrass handbook available through AgriLife Extension

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Casey Reynolds, 979-845-0603, casey.reynolds@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Homeowners and professional turfgrass managers now have a new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service publication available to help them when selecting herbicides, insecticides and fungicides to control common turfgrass pests. “It’s a pretty extensive document that I think will be useful to those managing turf in Texas,” Reynolds said. “In addition to providing information such as the common and trade names, application rates and intervals and mode of action, we’ve included notes and cautions… Read More →

Preparations for the PGA World Golf Championships Dell Match Play

Texas A&M Turfgrass Science students volunteered over spring break in advance week preparations for the PGA World Golf Championships Dell Match Play at Austin Country Club. Students gained experience and insights into tournament preparations, working closely with golf course superintendent Bobby Stringer as well as PGA Tour Officials. The tournament, which begins this week, hosts the top 64 golfers in the world.