Turfgrass Science News

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a research article, a research report, and an upcoming talk at a meeting.

Thursday, May 9, 2019 - 1:45pm

By Dominic Christensen

This winter provided some fascinating differences in soil temperatures among our roadside turfgrass mixture testing locations. Each site is equipped with a weather station that is collecting precipitation, air temperature, soil moisture, soil temperature, and electrical conductivity

Monday, April 22, 2019 - 8:30pm

By Andrew Hollman

Minnesota experiences winter weather that can vary dramatically from year to year. The 2018 to 2019 winter started early and offered us ice, extremely cold temperatures, and record snowfall for the month of February. The impact that this has on turfgrass won’t be evident until the snow melts and the grass begins to grow.  The melt of the snow and regrowth of our research putting greens in the spring of 2011 presented us with grim view.  

Thursday, April 18, 2019 - 9:00am

By Jon Trappe

Many people associate harsh winters with heavy snowfalls.  From a plant’s perspective, snow can actually protect the plant from extreme low temperatures by acting as a form of insulation.  Despite the recent winter storm in April and record snowfall in February, the majority of winter 2018-19 was below average precipitation, with much of the state having below average to no snow cover for most of December and January. 

Tuesday, April 16, 2019 - 10:45am

By Chase Straw

Athlete performance tracking devices are becoming prevalent in team sports at the professional and collegiate levels. An individual device is small (~3 x 1.5 inches) and usually inserted into a vest that holds it to an athlete’s upper back. They measure several variables regarding athlete performance during competition while on a sports field, such as distance covered, top speed, sprint count, acceleration, and deceleration.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019 - 11:15am

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