Category Archives: Turfgrass

National team to use $5.7 million USDA award to address annual bluegrass epidemic in turfgrass

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Photos: Beth Ann Luedeker, baluedeker@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – The most widely grown irrigated crop in the U.S. – turfgrass – is being threatened, and Texas A&M AgriLife is leading a project to find solutions. Annual bluegrass, known as Poa annua, is the most troublesome weed of turf systems, according to a recent Weed Science Society of America survey, and this weed has grown to epidemic proportions, causing severe economic losses. Texas A&M AgriLife is joining scientists across the nation to address the threat… Read More →

Texas A&M leads $5.7 million research project to attack annual bluegrass

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Muthu Bagavathiannan, 979-845-5375, muthu@tamu.edu The most widely grown irrigated crop in the U.S. – turfgrass – is being threatened by annual bluegrass, and Texas A&M AgriLife is leading a project to find solutions. Texas A&M AgriLife is joining scientists across the nation to address the threat through a project called Research and Extension to Address Herbicide-Resistance Epidemic in Annual Bluegrass in Managed Turf Systems. A team of 16 university scientists will be involved in the four-year, $5.7 million project to limit… Read More →

Lawn diseases plague Texas due to weather

By: Gabe Saldana Cases of the turfgrass disease commonly identified as brown patch — more likely large patch in most warm-season turfgrasses — spiked during a cool September that broke rainfall records across parts of the state, according to specialists with the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service. Large patch and brown patch are caused by different groups of Rhizoctonia solani, a fungal pathogen, said Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist in College Station. The group associated with brown patch in cool-season grasses follows a different life cycle… Read More →

Coffee Education Symposium

A Coffee Education Symposium will be held at the Scotts Miracle-Gro Center on F and B Road in College Station, Thursday, November 8, from 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.  Lunch and a coffee tasting will be included. The symposium will include presentations on the Texas A&M Coffee Center, coffee chemistry, coffee sensory, the research and development of coffee projects, and an overview of the coffee industry and its current trends. Dr. Ben Wherley, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, and Amanda Birnbaum, Dept. of Horticultural Sciences, will present… Read More →

Turfgrass expert clips last blades of grass for research purposes

Dr. Richard White retires from Texas A&M Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Dr. Richard White intends to sit back and let the grass grow under his feet for a while after spending 29 years helping develop turf for Texas’ sometimes unforgiving conditions. White retired from his positions as a professor in the Texas A&M University soil and crop sciences department and Texas A&M AgriLife Research turfgrass management scientist in College Station on Aug. 31. He came to Texas A&M after working as an assistant professor at Rutgers University-Cook… Read More →

Extension Turfgrass Specialist joins faculty in Dallas

By: Gabe Saldana Contact: Dr. Lindsey Hoffman,lindsey.hoffman@ag.tamu.edu Efficient varieties and informed management practices can help Texans make the most of turfgrasses’ natural human health and environmental benefits, said the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service’s new turfgrass specialist. Dr. Lindsey Hoffman assumed her post at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center in Dallas July 9. She said her public outreach initiatives will deliver holistic approaches for coaxing maximum benefit from turfgrass use. “Turfgrasses provide a number of services to the ecosystem,” Hoffman said. “They control erosion, contribute… Read More →

Water-wise Tips for Turfgrass offered

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-0603, bgrubbs@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Lawn owners may be second-guessing their regular maintenance practices, especially in the hottest and driest months. Dr. Becky Grubbs, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist in the Department of Soil and Crops Sciences in College Station, has published a Water-Wise Checklist for Texas Home Lawns and Other Turfgrass Areas to help with lawn maintenance this summer. “We know this is the time of year when Texans become particularly concerned about their lawns,” Grubbs… Read More →

Turfgrass researchers gather in College Station

By: Beth Ann Luedeker Contact: Dr. Ben Wherley – b-wherley@tamu.edu Members of a collaborative research project funded by the USDA Specialty Crops Research Initiative recently met at the Scotts Miracle-Gro turfgrass facility at Texas A&M University for an update on the project. The group is studying the persistence, survival and recovery of warm-season turfgrasses under limited irrigation and long-term drought in an effort to produce more sustainable urban landscapes. This group is comprised of twenty-four researchers from Texas A&M, the University of Florida, Oklahoma State University, the University… Read More →

Turfgrass tips to make a lawn the envy of the neighborhood

Writer: Adam Russell, 903-834-6191, adam.russell@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-0603, bgrubbs@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Springtime is a good time to prepare lawns for a healthy summer as warm-season grasses come out of dormancy and begin to green up, said a Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service expert. Dr. Becky Grubbs, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station, said lawn care is a multifaceted effort homeowners can tackle if they follow AgriLife Extension recommendations and invest the time to create healthy, thriving grasses. “It’s impossible to make blanket recommendations for homeowners… Read More →

New statewide turfgrass specialist joins TAMU Soil and Crop Sciences faculty

Writer: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu Contact: Dr. Becky Grubbs, 979-845-0603, bgrubbs@tamu.edu COLLEGE STATION – Dr. Becky Grubbs expects to spend the next chapter in her life growing the Texas turfgrass industry through collaborative and interdisciplinary actions as the new Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service statewide turfgrass specialist in College Station. Grubbs said her philosophy in approaching her new job, which she began April 1, will be to establish strong, credible relationships with producers and industry stakeholders through regular site visits and a steady person-to-person dialogue. “My research will… Read More →