Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work! We have a research report, new research results and a newspaper article.
By Ryan Schwab
Every year the UMN Turfgrass Science program has housed an outreach-education booth in the Agriculture/Horticulture Building during the Great Minnesota Get-Together. It is a fun way for us to take a break from the ongoing summer research and interact with our fellow Minnesotans and folks from all over the region. Each year we tend to receive similar questions from homeowners, and I decided to tally these up throughout the 2019 fair to get a better idea of what Minnesotans are wondering about or struggling with the most.
By Joan Barreto Ortiz
I am a new graduate student on the Plant Breeding/Molecular Genetics track in the Applied Plant Sciences program at the University of Minnesota. One of my main objectives for my current project is to develop novel systems that attempt to understand the genetics of seed shattering—the seed loss due to detachment from the spike—in perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) seed production and strategies that can be used to breed for better seed retention.
Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about turfgrass at the Minnesota State Fair!
By Chase Straw and Jack MacKenzie
Golf course superintendents often irrigate fairways based on feel. Despite sometimes adjusting percent run-times of individual heads to account for perceived dry and wet areas, “blanket” applications are typical. In an effort to entice the utilization of soil moisture maps for improved irrigation decisions, and to allow for hands-on experience with mapping technologies, the University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA) have collaborated to create a practical strategy for golf courses to map fairway soil moisture themselves.