Eric Watkins

December 4, 2019

The Turfgrass Science team from the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting held on November 10-13, 2019 in San Antonio, TX.  Seven people gave oral presentations and five people presented posters.

November 21, 2019

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have many articles and several upcoming presentations to share.

October 13, 2019

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a video, an upcoming Minnesota legislature address and three articles.

September 3, 2019

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about turfgrass at the Minnesota State Fair!

August 22, 2019

By Eric Watkins

My grandfather was born in 1922 near Warroad, Minnesota on a farm his father had settled shortly before. As a turfgrass researcher, I am also a regular visitor to Roseau County, Minnesota, the same county where my grandfather was born. The cold, unforgiving winters combine with just the right amount of daylight and rainfall during the summer to provide an excellent environment in which turfgrass seed can be produced, and grass seed fields now cover vast acreages near Roseau and Warroad.

May 9, 2019

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.

February 28, 2019

Roadside turfgrass plays many important roles in the environment that include public safety, water quality, erosion prevention, cooling in urban areas, dust reduction, and aesthetics.  The UMN Turfgrass Science Team has developed a unique new online training course on the installation and management of this important part of the landscape. 

February 18, 2019

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a podcast and several upcoming presentations at regional conferences.

February 8, 2019

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. We have an upcoming presentation on irrigation from Dr. Dan Sandor and a research report with results from our Regional Optimization of Roadside Turfgrass Seed Mixtures project.

January 13, 2019

By Eric Watkins

Each year, the turfgrass research team at the University of Minnesota evaluates thousands of plots for turf performance. The summarized results from 2018 are now posted on our cultivar evaluation results page. Checking results from local turfgrass evaluations is an important part of purchasing turfgrass seed.  I have briefly summarized some background information below on the rating and interpretation process to help you better understand these results.

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