Save the Date: 2021 UMN Turfgrass Field Days

By Maggie Reiter

Save the date for our late summer/fall field days! Registration now OPEN. Events will be designed for a target audience, about 2-3 hours long, and more casual than in the past.

Turfgrass Field Day: Golf

In collaboration with Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association

September 9, 2021, 12:00pm - 2:00pm

Highlights include:

  • Winter stress tolerance and recovery
  • Shade impacts and techniques to measure light
  • Emerging products like mycorrhizae
  • Variety trials for greens, fairways, rough, and minimal-to-no mow areas
  • New turfgrass decision-making dashboard for Minnesota
  • Soil moisture sensors and setting thresholds
  • Turfgrass seed and sod production work


Turfgrass Field Day: Grounds and Parks

In collaboration with Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation

September 10, 2021, 9:00am - 11:00am

Highlights include:

  • Drought tolerance among turfgrass mixtures
  • Salt-tolerant turfgrass for roadsides
  • Shade impacts on turfgrass species
  • Natural and organic weed control
  • Discussion on artificial turf
  • New turfgrass decision-making dashboard for Minnesota
  • Variety trials for lawn and minimal-to-no mow areas


Turfgrass Field Day: Master Gardeners

In collaboration with University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners

September 13, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Highlights include:

  • Establishing and maintaining flowering bee lawns
  • Renovating lawns to low-input fine fescue
  • Selecting turfgrass species, including Minnesota native grasses
  • Implementing natural and organic weed control
  • Growing turfgrass in shade
  • Managing drought conditions and conserving water in lawns


Turfgrass Field Day: Water Agencies and Stakeholders

In collaboration with Metropolitan Council

August 23, 2021, 10:00am - 12:00pm

Highlights include:

  • Research on turfgrass mixtures under drought stress
  • Evaluation of irrigation controller performance
  • Tour of irrigation efficiency educational trailer
  • Information about utilizing grasses that stay greener for longer
  • Discussion on social science of irrigation conservation policies
  • Demonstrations of minimal-to-no mow fine fescues