Garett Heineck

March 1, 2020

By Garett Heineck

Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is an economically important amenity grass grown in many regions of the world for home lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. In fact, most turfgrass seed mixes contain at least 10% perennial ryegrass. To meet consumer demands there is a large seed production industry in northwest Minnesota that produces perennial ryegrass seed; this year approximately 50,000 acres have been planted.

February 17, 2020

By Eric Watkins

Garett Heineck, currently a postdoctoral associate in the University of Minnesota turfgrass science group and recent Ph.D. graduate, was awarded the prestigious 2020 Musser Award of Excellence. This award goes to the top Ph.D. student in turfgrass science at a U.S. university.

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.

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.

March 3, 2019

By Garett Heineck

In my previous blog post, I discussed open source and commercial software that turfgrass scientists currently use to assess different variables.  In this post, I will introduce a new image analysis technique that has been developed at the University of Minnesota using program R.

February 26, 2019

By Garett Heineck

Visual assessment of turfgrass stands is done, intentionally or passively, by anyone who owns or maintains lawns. Turfgrass scientists, golf course superintendents and sports field managers intentionally collect data on turf for various purposes, while homeowners may casually observe their lawns making only mental notes. Automated data collection methods can replace visual assessment of several traits such as winter survival and disease incidence  

December 7, 2018

The Turfgrass Science team at the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA and CSSA Annual Meeting held on November 4-7, 2018 in Baltimore, MD. Read on for a summary of the wide variety of topics covered by our researchers and be sure to check out the links with the full poster content.

November 9, 2017

By Garett C. Heineck

Perennial ryegrass (Lolium perenne L.) is a common turfgrass used for home lawns, sports fields, and golf courses. To meet consumer demand, large quantities of certified seed must be produced, packaged, and shipped to retailers. The largest production state for grass seed is Oregon; however few people know that Minnesota is also a major producer of turfgrass seed. Perennial ryegrass seed production is an important component of the agricultural economy in northern Minnesota, encompassing over 30,000 acres.

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