Gary Deters

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.

Mon, 10/03/2022 - 12:27

Does rolling greens following a contact fungicide application affect results?

By Gary Deters

Over the last two seasons we have been researching if rolling greens post contact fungicide application affects the efficacy and effectiveness of the fungicide. The results of the trial could possibly take out the guesswork and allow golf course superintendents to make confident decisions. Rolling greens (Figure 1) is a cultural practice golf course superintendents use to help increase green speeds, remove dew, and promote smoothness of the putting surface. 

Wed, 09/28/2022 - 23:34

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 6/2/2022

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

See the May 2022 edition of Hole Notes for:

Thu, 06/02/2022 - 11:12

Searching for a stress-less spring

By Gary Deters

Mon, 03/28/2022 - 15:57

An old mower to the rescue

By Gary Deters

Like most turfgrass areas, a high percentage of our research plots need to be mowed consistently. Our creeping bentgrass research golf greens are cut at 0.125” and the task requires a special mower and reel setup. Many plots are cut at 2.5” to 3.5” with a push or riding mower, similar to what is used by a typical homeowner. So, with all the research plots and mowers we have, you might think we have everything we need to get the job done. In most cases that is true, but for a new trial conducted by members of the turf group, we had a bit of a problem.

Tue, 12/07/2021 - 09:24

Observing growth

By Gary Deters

As turfgrass managers we have a responsibility to observe the growth of the many varieties, cultivars, and species of turfgrass from seed to maturity. Pretty obvious, right? Observing growth is more than just looking at the turf with our own eyes from day to day. I have mentioned in a previous blog post about the importance of before and after photos and while they can be a great resource (Figure 1), there are more ways to see the progress of growth.

Fri, 07/30/2021 - 07:02

How big is our tree?

By Gary Deters

Raise your hand if you thought this was going to be an article about the latest University of Minnesota variety or cultivar of tree. What I am referring to is the tree of learning that extends from the educators and researchers at our university.

When I had my in-person interview with the turfgrass research team, I had the opportunity to walk the hallways of Alderman Hall for the first time in twenty years since I was a turf student. It brought back some great memories of Dr. Don White and my horticulture classmates. Dr. White was a fantastic turfgrass professor, but better yet, he was a very kind and caring person.  

Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:16

University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 1/4/2021

Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have an article in Hole Notes magazine!

Gary Deters wrote A New Chapter in My Turfgrass Management Career in the November/December 2020 issue of Hole Notes magazine, the official publication of the MGCSA. Learn more about how Gary's work as a Field Facility Manager with our team has been going.

Mon, 01/04/2021 - 13:33