water conservation

New research publication from our team - 12-21-22

Learn more about our research! A new, open access article by Chase Straw, Connor Bolton, Joseph Young, Reagan Hejl, Joshua Friell, and Eric Watkins has been published in the journal Agrosystems, Geosciences & Environment. This article discusses a case study that examined soil moisture variability findings from nine golf courses in eight different states in the U.S.

Gary Deters takes on a New Role

By Eric Watkins

We are excited to announce that Gary Deters will be our new lawn water conservation educator!  Gary, who spent 23 years in golf course turf management, six of those years as a superintendent at St. Cloud Country Club, has been our field facility manager since March 2020. Gary has been an excellent addition to our team, ensuring that our research plots are maintained well, and experimental treatments are applied carefully and consistently.

Now hiring - Extension Educator in Turfgrass Irrigation & Water Resources!

2/24/22 The deadline for the Extension Educator position has been extended to March 6, 2022!

University of Minnesota Extension is conducting a candidate search for a newly developed, full-time position in turfgrass irrigation and water resources. This position is funded for three years with the expectation that it will continue beyond that date. DEADLINE extended to March 6, 2022.

New research publication from our team - 1/3/22

Learn more about our research! A new research article from our group has been published in Crop, Forage & Turfgrass Management. This study used a survey to investigate what residents in the Twin Cities think of different lawn watering restriction scenarios. The results can help guide the development of strategies for conserving water used for home lawn irrigation.
Barnes, M.R., C. Yue, and E. Watkins. 2021. Homeowner perceptions of watering restriction scenarios in the Minneapolis–St. Paul metropolitan area.

Shane Evans featured in Metropolitan Council video

Shane Evans, Lawn Water Conservation Educator, was recently featured in Turfgrass Suggestions for the Twin Cities, a video by the The Metropolitan Council. Watch to learn how to enjoy greener grass with less water!

2021 UMN Turfgrass Field Days - Registration now open!

Woman giving a presentation to crowd in front of turf research plots

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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

Water in the Land of 10,000 Lakes

By Shane Evans

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 9/15/2020

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work!  We have a webinar video and two articles to share.

A video recording, Lawn Care Best Management Practices featuring Shane Evans, from our Watering Wisdom webinar series has been posted.  If you are interested in growing a healthy lawn with less water, please consider watching the other webinar recordings in our series!