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.

Turfgrass Science Team at the 2021 ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting

The Turfgrass Science team from the University of Minnesota was well-represented at this year’s ASA-CSSA-SSSA Annual Meeting held on November 7-10, 2021 in Salt Lake City, UT.  Two of our graduate students, Nicole Mihelich and Joan Barreto Ortiz, gave oral presentations there. Below are their presentation titles and abstracts.

New research publications from our team - 10/27/21

Learn more about our research! Three research articles from our group have been published in the September/October 2021 issue of Agronomy Journal.

Assessing fine fescue traits for the development of sustainable sod

By Nicole Mihelich

Here at the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Program, one of our areas of research is developing low-input turfgrasses that can better suit the consumer and the environment with less need for water, fertilizer, mowing, and other inputs. Fine fescue turfgrass species have been shown to perform well under these low-input conditions. Fine fescues are often found in commercial seed mixtures, and their availability continues to rise. However, there is little to no availability of fine fescue sod despite high demand from consumers.