Eric Watkins

Eric Watkins appointed Vice Provost for Distributed Learning

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Dr. Eric Watkins, turfgrass professor, has been appointed Vice Provost for Distributed Learning!

Thu, 07/21/2022 - 10:01


New research publication from our team - 7/12/22

Learn more about our research! A new, open access article by Yiqun Xie, Majid Farhadloo, Ning Guo, Shashi Shekhar, Eric Watkins, Len Kne, Han Bao, Aaron Patton, and Kevin Morris has been published in the International Turfgrass Society Research Journal. This journal article discusses the design and creation of a relational database to store data from the National Turfgrass Evaluation Program and to support efficient queries on turfgrass cultivars and experimental selections. To try the database out, please visit the Turfgrass Trial Explorer webpage.

Tue, 07/12/2022 - 11:10


New research publication from our team - 7/11/22

Learn more about our research! A new, open access article by Ross Braun, Eric Watkins, Andrew Hollman, Nicole Mihelich, and Aaron Patton has been published in Agronomy Journal. This journal article summarizes research on using different cool-season turfgrasses for sod and found that fine fescue sod with strong creeping red fescue may be a promising option for sod producers.

Mon, 07/11/2022 - 16:08


UMN Turfgrass Team at Eagan's LakeFest!

A trailer with turfgrass educational displays

On Saturday, June 4, 2022 from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm, the city of Eagan is holding LakeFest

Tue, 05/31/2022 - 21:53


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 5/12/22

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Eric Watkins was featured in a WCCO news segment: What’s The Purpose Of The ‘No Mow May’ Movement?

Thu, 05/12/2022 - 09:31


May I Not Mow in May?

a home lawn with yellow and white flowers; a yard sign with "Flowering Bee Lawn" written on it is at the front
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Sun, 05/01/2022 - 15:07


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 4/18/22

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. An article from the UMN Turfgrass Science team was featured in the latest edition of the MGCSA's Hole Notes publication.

Mon, 04/18/2022 - 12:39


New research publication from our team - 4/4/22

Learn more about our research! A new article from our group has been published in Crop Science. This research examined the effects of different levels of nitrogen fertilizer and the inclusion of clover on the establishment of fine fescues.

Braun, R.C., E.T. Braithwaite, A.R. Kowalewski, E. Watkins, A.B. Hollman, and A.J. Patton. 2022. Nitrogen fertilizer and clover inclusion effects on the establishment of fine fescue taxa. Crop Science 62(2):947-957. https://doi.org/10.1002/csc2.20704 [Open Access]

Mon, 04/04/2022 - 16:07


New research publication from our team - 3/30/22

Learn more about our research! A new article from our group has been published in Plant Methods. This research found that layering photoselective filters results in more accurate simulations of foliar shade and offer advantages over neutral density shade cloth in research.

Petrella, D.P., Breuillin-Sessoms, F. & Watkins, E. Layering contrasting photoselective filters improves the simulation of foliar shade. Plant Methods 18, 16 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1186/s13007-022-00844-8

Wed, 03/30/2022 - 13:58


University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 3/17/22

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work. Articles about the UMN Turfgrass Science team were featured in the last several editions of the MGCSA's Hole Notes publication.

Thu, 03/17/2022 - 09:23