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.
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.
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.
By Dominic Christensen
Turfgrass species are often planted to revegetate roadsides after construction, especially in cities and urban areas. This article highlights the rationale for use of individual species along roadsides, their advantages, and disadvantages in Minnesota or in regions with a similar climate.
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.
By Michael Laskowski
Have you ever wondered where all the salt goes after the snow and ice melts from the roadsides and sidewalks? It turns out, most of the salt runs into the storm drain, but some salt will end up along the roadsides and boulevards in green areas.
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.