Join the Turfgrass Science Team at Northern Green 2022

Members of our team will be giving talks at Northern Green, a trade show and conference dedicated to green industry professionals.  Register now for this worthwhile event!

Northern Green
January 11-13, 2022
Minneapolis Convention Center

This year’s presentations from our team include:


University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research Update

Eric Watkins
Wednesday, January 12, 7:30 AM - 8:20 AM

This presentation will update you on the latest projects being conducted at the Turfgrass Research, Outreach, and Education (TROE) Center and in field settings throughout the state of Minnesota. Topics will include reducing water use on urban and suburban lawns, low-input turfgrass species, cultivar evaluations results, no-mow fine fescues, winter stresses research, bee lawns, improving shade tolerance, seed mixture studies, and updates on UMN turfgrass breeding projects.


Walkthrough of the New Minnesota Turfgrass Decision-Making Dashboard

Maggie Reiter
Wednesday, January 12, 10:05 AM - 10:35 AM

This presentation will introduce the new Turfgrass Decision-Making Dashboard developed by the University of Minnesota. A walkthrough of the online tool will demonstrate functions of value to park and sports turf managers. This will be followed by a few simple case studies that show how modeling and forecasting technology can inform decision-making.


How Do Residents Compare Artificial vs. Natural Turfgrass?

Michael Barnes
Wednesday, January 12, 4:20 PM - 4:50 PM

With many locations facing issues around the inputs used by natural turfgrass, the adoption of artificial turfgrass has expanded across both public and private landscapes. However little work has been done to understand how residents feel about these new artificial surfaces. This session explores new research about how residents compare artificial and natural turfgrasses and why these perceptions should matter to a variety of managers, decision-makers, and the public at large.


Using Sensors and Data for Turf

Bryan Runck
Thursday, January 13, 11:20 AM - 11:50 AM

Join Runck to learn how researchers are studying the use of sensors to inform and improve turf.


Light Effects on Turfgrass

Eric Watkins
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM | 101 CDE

Growing healthy turf in shade can be difficult because the environmental conditions are very complex, especially the changes to light. We will discuss how light changes under shade, how it can impact turfgrass growth and development, and how better
understanding these conditions will lead to site specific shade management. We will also discuss species and cultivar choices for shaded environments and cultural management practices that can improve turfgrass health under shade.