Gary Deters https://turf.umn.edu/ en An old mower to the rescue https://turf.umn.edu/old-mower-rescue <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">An old mower to the rescue</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Tue, 12/07/2021 - 09:24</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-12-07T09:24:32Z" class="datetime">Tue, 12/07/2021 - 09:24</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>By Gary Deters</p> <p>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.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="Turfgrass research plots with a chain link fence in the background" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f99b1b5c-b9a2-4215-99e3-a9dae7b54121" data-langcode="en" title="Deters - Fig 1" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-12/Deters%20-%20Fig%201.jpg" alt="Turfgrass research plots with a chain link fence in the background" title="Deters - Fig 1" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 1. Creeping bentgrass and Kentucky bluegrass research plot</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>The research plot (Figure 1) consists of creeping bentgrass and Kentucky bluegrass to be mowed at 0.5” and the researchers separated all twenty-four plots with aluminum barriers to prohibit the irrigation applied on one plot from spreading to the adjacent plot. The problem with the barriers is it made it almost impossible to mow the turf with the gas-powered walk mower (Figure 2) we typically use to mow turf at that low of a height. The mower was simply too big and heavy for precision mowing in this case and the barriers (Figure 3) could really damage the mower reel if it hit the aluminum repeatedly, which was unavoidable. </span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="A lawn mower on research turfgrass plots" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="4989f509-69a5-40ed-b0a4-188ba08fe1a8" data-langcode="en" title="Deters - Fig 2" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-12/Deters%20-%20Fig%202.jpg" alt="A lawn mower on research turfgrass plots" title="Deters - Fig 2" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 2. Gas-powered walk behind mower</figcaption></figure><figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="Aluminum in-ground borders surrounding square turfgrass research plots" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fcb05666-6706-4bac-947e-ea8af8f21729" data-langcode="en" title="Deters - Fig 3" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-12/Deters%20-%20Fig%203.jpg" alt="Aluminum in-ground borders surrounding square turfgrass research plots" title="Deters - Fig 3" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 3. Aluminum barriers between plots</figcaption></figure><p>The problem was solved with a mower that had not been used in years, a Ransomes Certes 16” hand mower from the late 1950s (Figure 4). I wasn’t sure if it would work because the mower needs to be set up precisely in order to cut well. With a visual test I could see the reel and bedknife were dull and rusted. To make matters worse, with a simple check on the cutting unit, the reel and bedknife were too far apart so the unit needed to be adjusted to cut properly.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="Turfgrass research plots with a hand mower" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1656cce8-df4f-401f-a8c0-8bf0ee456636" data-langcode="en" title="Deters - Fig 4" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-12/Deters%20-%20Fig%204.jpg" alt="Turfgrass research plots with a hand mower" title="Deters - Fig 4" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 4. Ransomes Certes 16” hand mower</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span>I filed the reel and bedknife the best I could to shave off the rust and slowly adjusted the reel and bedknife and used paper to test the scissors-like cut. It took several minutes of adjusting, but eventually I got the clean cut that was needed. The next step was to adjust the height of cut to 0.5”, which also took several minutes. At that moment I believed it was ready for the plot, but the question remained, will it work?</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>With easy maneuvering brought on by self-powered control, the trial run with the mower after the adjustment was an instant success. I could tell immediately after a few passes it would work for us. We used the Ransomes three days a week to mow the plot. Since it is not gas-powered, this mower is quiet, which is a bonus considering there is a noise ordinance where our plots are located.</span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Later in the summer, we grew in a second plot of turf consisting of the same species from the first trial. Again, we used the Ransomes as the primary cutting unit as the plots were separated by aluminum barriers. </span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span>Thanks to being open-minded to trying something new with an old mower and maybe a little luck, we were successfully able to keep up with the mowing and solve a potential problem. </span></span></span></p></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">Turfgrass research</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/441" hreflang="en">mowing</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Tue, 07 Dec 2021 15:24:32 +0000 monc0003 3806 at https://turf.umn.edu Observing growth https://turf.umn.edu/observing-growth <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Observing growth</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Fri, 07/30/2021 - 07:02</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-07-30T07:02:56Z" class="datetime">Fri, 07/30/2021 - 07:02</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span>By Gary Deters</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>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 <a href="/node/2041">in a previous blog post </a>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.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="two photos of the same research plot, one with sparse green turf and the second with fully green turf" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="336accbd-fac9-4e43-9caa-c5f9a699f5b6" data-langcode="en" title="Deters Fig 1" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-07/Deters%20Fig%201.jpg" alt="two photos of the same research plot, one with sparse green turf and the second with fully green turf" title="Deters Fig 1" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 1. Top photo May 7, 2021, bottom photo June 4, 2021.</figcaption></figure><p><span><span><span><span><span>While working with the turfgrass researchers, the most impressive thing I have learned is the importance of data collection. The collection of data in many cases is the observation of growth because there is a comparison of previous collections to the newest set of data. The number of tillers, roots, and seed production are some plant growth examples that are a part of data collection. There are also times when we do not observe growth such as during times of dormancy in Kentucky bluegrass due to drought conditions.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Because there are so many turfgrass trials at the University of Minnesota, we have a chance to seed in new turf quite often. Not only is it fun, but it is satisfying to grow-in new turf plots for observation. The turfgrass researchers eventually rate the plots to find the best (or worst) of what they are looking for; color, weed and disease resistance, heat tolerance, seed production, and many more qualities.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>From species to species, turfgrasses grow at different paces and there are a lot of differences. Also, there are many things that change the rate at which grass grows. Temperatures, fertilizer, water, stress, and growth regulators are definitely some factors. Often the combination of those factors can really change what we see from day to day and week to week. Following a fertilizer application with the addition of water and optimal growing temperatures, there is a really good chance an increase in mowing frequency will be needed.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Observing the growth of a staff person or an individual has been one of my favorite things about managing people. At the University of Minnesota, we have a chance to work with students who want to grow in their knowledge. It has been very rewarding to observe the research of our graduate and PhD students. The work being conducted will be very helpful to roadside turfgrass selections, low input sod selections, and perennial ryegrass seed production. We also train individuals on the care of mowing our research plots and there is always a “first time”. It usually takes practice to mow a straight line, turn correctly, or to not miss a spot, but eventually the trainee will catch on.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>As a golf course superintendent, my favorite story of growth is when we hired someone who just graduated from high school to work on the staff. This particular person was very quiet and didn’t say much in his first season. He stayed with us the entire time he was in college and by the time he left us, he was one of the leaders of the staff. It was satisfying to observe his growth and development from high school graduate to college graduate.  </span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>The personal growth I have observed since I have been with the turfgrass science group has been fulfilling. I have been exposed to many different turfgrass varieties and procedures that have helped me become a more knowledgeable turfgrass manager. Being able to observe tall and fine fescue on a daily basis has helped me learn their true value to the turf industry and the public (Figures 2 and 3). Personal growth will always be a work in progress, as goals change, new procedures come about, and new varieties to learn improve my knowledge.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span>Observing growth in plants, others, and myself have always been a part of being in the turfgrass industry and I am looking forward to new challenges as the years go by.</span></span></span></span></span></p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="research plots with small turf grass plants evenly spaced" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="44cb85ea-fb8f-43db-97c2-39cc714c3659" data-langcode="en" title="Deters Fig 2" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-07/Deters%20Fig%202_0.png" alt="research plots with small turf grass plants evenly spaced" title="Deters Fig 2" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 2. Hard fescue on April 8, 2020</figcaption></figure><figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="Turfgrass plants with seed heads" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="c6ee8d00-208a-4529-bfb5-4ae37562f3c6" data-langcode="en" title="Deters Fig 3" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-07/Deters%20Fig%203.png" alt="Turfgrass plants with seed heads" title="Deters Fig 3" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 3. Hard fescue just before seed harvest on June 15, 2021.</figcaption></figure></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">Turfgrass research</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Fri, 30 Jul 2021 12:02:56 +0000 monc0003 3671 at https://turf.umn.edu How big is our tree? https://turf.umn.edu/how-big-our-tree <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">How big is our tree?</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:16</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-03-01T13:16:12Z" class="datetime">Mon, 03/01/2021 - 13:16</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>By Gary Deters</p> <p>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 <em>tree of learning</em> that extends from the educators and researchers at our university.</p> <p>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.  </p> <p>There are a large number of people in the turf industry today who took a turfgrass management class taught by Dr. White including researchers, professors, landscape designers and managers, turfgrass breeders and many other occupations. There are also current and past golf course superintendents like myself all over the country who are former University of Minnesota turfgrass students. I consider this to be Dr. White’s teaching tree.  </p> <p>The first time I heard a tree referred to something other than a living tree was from the National Football League. Bill Walsh was the three-time Super Bowl winning head coach of the San Francisco 49ers from the 1980s. Their success led to coaches moving on to other teams in the head coaching capacity. It was called the Bill Walsh coaching tree. During my years as an assistant and golf course superintendent, I had several staff members that pursued a turfgrass career. Today I can proudly say two are golf course superintendents and a few others are in assistant roles. It is a nice feeling to know I had a role in their decision to enter the industry. I like to think I have at least a little tree growing.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="a putting green used for research; people are working in the distance" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="9946dc2d-99ac-47b4-afba-634d47664332" data-langcode="en" title="Research putting greens" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-03/GD%2020200925_115520.jpg" alt="a putting green used for research; people are working in the distance" title="Research putting greens" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 1. Creeping bentgrass (Agrostis stolonifera) greens where UMN researchers are able to perform golf related experiments and trials at TROE. In the background, researchers are installing fine fescue (Festuca spp.) plugs for research to improve low input sod production. Photo by Gary Deters.</figcaption></figure><p>It has been quite a few years since I graduated, and in that time, the turfgrass science team at the University of Minnesota has had previous educators creating wide-reaching branches including Dr. Brian Horgan and Sam Bauer to name a few. While there are fewer undergraduate turfgrass students, it amazes me how much the program has grown since I was a student. The on-campus Turfgrass Research, Outreach and Education Center (TROE) has become a place where career goals and dedication are met with the passion of improving turfgrasses and education (Figure 1). Dr. Horgan had a vision of an on-campus teaching facility that became a reality with initiative and generosity. I can’t even begin to know the number of people TROE has helped over the years (Figure 2). It is all a part of the education tree.</p> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="View from above of people gathered at field day at our field research center" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="ee7dd2d6-88af-4459-9f7d-1c68564bfc21" data-langcode="en" title="TROE field day 2018" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/2021-03/DJI_0009_1.JPG" alt="View from above of people gathered at field day at our field research center" title="TROE field day 2018" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 2. Field day held at TROE in 2018. Photo by Will Wardrop.</figcaption></figure><p>The current team from the research group led by Dr. Watkins includes Andrew Hollman, Dr. Florence Sessoms, Maggie Reiter, Dr. Dominic Patrella, Dr. Michael Barnes, Shane Evans, Ryan Schwab, and Kristine Moncada have a lot of great knowledge that can be shared with current and future turf students. Each team member has a special area they are working on and the work of the team is ever-evolving. The turf group has a lot of experience, both in the field and the greenhouse, which includes research, breeding and genetics, golf course management, low input turf (water and nutrients), journal publishing, and much more. Based on that alone, students will have an opportunity to pursue a program that fits directly into their career goals.    </p> <p>Every year the University of Minnesota turfgrass tree gets bigger and bigger. Now that I have become a part of the research team and see what is happening on a daily basis, I believe the opportunities for students to learn are at an all-time high.</p> <p>So, now I can go back to the title of the article to answer the question, how big is our tree? It’s massive!</p></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">Turfgrass research</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1201" hreflang="en">turfgrass education</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Mon, 01 Mar 2021 19:16:12 +0000 monc0003 3431 at https://turf.umn.edu University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 1/4/2021 https://turf.umn.edu/university-minnesota-turfgrass-team-media-142021 <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">University of Minnesota Turfgrass team in the media – 1/4/2021</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 01/04/2021 - 13:33</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2021-01-04T13:33:04Z" class="datetime">Mon, 01/04/2021 - 13:33</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Check out our team’s latest efforts in educating the public about our work.  We have an article in Hole Notes magazine!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Gary Deters wrote <a href="https://issuu.com/mgcsa/docs/november_december_2020_hole_notes">A New Chapter in My Turfgrass Management Career</a> in the November/December 2020 issue of Hole Notes magazine, the official publication of <a href="https://www.mgcsa.org/">the MGCSA</a>. Learn more about how Gary's work as a Field Facility Manager with our team has been going.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/221" hreflang="en">MGCSA</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Mon, 04 Jan 2021 19:33:04 +0000 monc0003 2336 at https://turf.umn.edu Before and after https://turf.umn.edu/news/and-after <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Before and after</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:57</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2020-07-13T09:30:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 07/13/2020 - 09:30</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>By Gary Deters</p> <p>When I was a golf course superintendent, I frequently used before and after photos to show progress.  The key, of course, was to remember to take the “before” photo.  I can remember many times wishing I had a particular photo because either I couldn't remember how something looked, or knew that we made progress but wasn't sure how much.  With the smartphone, it has become significantly easier to get that important first photo.  It is nice to be able to look back at my gallery and realize I have a good shot of an area, now I just need the "after" shot.</p> <p>To start the season, our research greens had some extreme damage from a turf disease commonly called dollar spot. The disease was not active, but going into last winter, it had not recovered from the 2019 growing season (Figure 1). On a research green, it is not uncommon to have injured turf from previous trials or experiments.  Since 2020 has been a very strange year with fewer experiments on this green, we have been able to nurse the green back to health.  While there are still areas that need more recovery time, the progress we have made has been very good, especially when looking at the before/after photos (Figures 2 and 3). </p> <div class="callout-image-caption"> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="golf green with many small brownish patches" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="bf0ce47f-6bda-4253-b8bc-d1107087bd2c" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/fig_1_16.jpg" alt="golf green with many small brownish patches" title="fig_1.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 1. Research green on May 7th.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> </div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="golf green with some small brownish patches" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="fa336d67-e6a1-4735-9ebd-fcabd8930c39" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/fig_2_17.jpg" alt="golf green with some small brownish patches" title="fig_2.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 2. Research green on May 19th.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> </div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="golf green with consistent green color" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="2ebd691e-e159-43d0-b7bf-c556abcefd7b" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/fig_3_15.jpg" alt="golf green with consistent green color" title="fig_3.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 3. Research green on June 16th.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> </div> <p>I find it amazing how quickly the weeks go by, especially when the ground temperatures stay consistently warm.  In a matter of four weeks we can witness grass barely growing to completely filling in along with heavy weed competition (Figure 4).  In other research around campus, crops like soybean are planted by seed and a few weeks later, visible rows flourishing (Figure 5).</p> <div class="callout-image-caption"> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="Research plots with sparse turf at top and the same research plots with the turf filled in" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="70c7d759-7dbb-4515-8442-af188428b0c3" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/fig_4_9.jpg" alt="Research plots with sparse turf at top and the same research plots with the turf filled in" title="fig_4.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 4. Research plots on May 22nd vs. June 25th.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> </div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="Field with bare soil at top and field with rows of soybeans at bottom" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="78d41573-0152-4707-91f5-c0d8604df10e" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/fig_5_8.jpg" alt="Field with bare soil at top and field with rows of soybeans at bottom" title="fig_5.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 5. Soybean research plots on May 15th vs. June 25th.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> </div> <p>Keep in mind that not only can before and after photos help capture progress, they can also distinguish if there is any decline.   My favorite app to use for side by side before and after photos is called InstaCollage.  It is fun to look back through old photos to see if there are some good candidates for a great “before and after” side by side.  I have included a personal example (Figure 6).  The top photo was taken June 2010 and the bottom photo March 2020.</p> <div class="callout-image-caption"> <figure role="group" class="caption caption-drupal-entity media--view-mode-"><div alt="a farm landscape with a decorative bridge in summer and the same landscape in winter with a newly built house." data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="a1445230-5d3e-4b8d-bbfc-33ef5b594205" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/fig_6_4.jpg" alt="a farm landscape with a decorative bridge in summer and the same landscape in winter with a newly built house." title="fig_6.jpg" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <figcaption>Figure 6. June 2010 vs. March 2020.</figcaption></figure></div> <div class="callout-image-caption"> </div></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/411" hreflang="en">golf</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/21" hreflang="en">Turfgrass research</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/826" hreflang="en">dollar spot</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Mon, 13 Jul 2020 14:57:00 +0000 monc0003 2041 at https://turf.umn.edu Catching up on saying goodbye https://turf.umn.edu/news/catching-saying-goodbye <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Catching up on saying goodbye</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Mon, 05/11/2020 - 16:28</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2020-05-11T15:45:00Z" class="datetime">Mon, 05/11/2020 - 15:45</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>By Kristine Moncada</p> <p>As regular readers of our blog may have noticed, we recently started a new feature where members of our group who leave write farewell blog posts. See the articles by Garett Heineck <a href="/node/1966" target="_blank">My time spent in the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science Program</a> and Yinjie Qiu <a href="/node/1946" target="_blank">How did I become a turfgrass guy? My story with turfgrass science</a>. Well, in the past year, we had several other members of our team leave, yet we weren't able to bid adieu in blog form. As it did not seem likely we could get them to write farewell blogs now that they have moved on to bigger and better things, we decided they still deserve to have some recognition. Here are some highlights of the great contributions that four people who recently left made while at the University of Minnesota with the Turfgrass Science Team.</p> <h3>Dr. Brian Horgan</h3> <p> </p> <div alt="portrait image of Brian Horgan" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1f1b3054-27b5-4a3d-90f9-5980920d5ff6" title="" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/brian.png" alt="portrait image of Brian Horgan" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p>Dr. Horgan had been a Professor of Turfgrass Extension and Research in the University Department of Horticulture for 15 years, but in August 2019, he left to become the <a href="https://www.canr.msu.edu/people/brian-horgan" target="_blank">Chairperson for the Department of Plant, Soil and Microbial Sciences</a> at Michigan State University.  Truly, our team wouldn’t be where it is now if it hadn’t been for Dr. Horgan!  He helped build <a href="https://turf.umn.edu/research/troe-center" target="_blank">TROE, the Turfgrass Research, Outreach and Education Center</a>, where our team conducts most of its research and holds our field days. Much of his work included research on the transport and fate of nutrients in turfgrass and lawn water conservation. Another influential initiative for which he was responsible was the forging of a strong University of Minnesota partnership with the golf industry in Minnesota and nationally. </p> <ul><li>The <a href="https://issuu.com/mgcsa/docs/hole_notes_july_2019" target="_blank">July 2019 issue of Hole Notes</a> from the MGCSA has a tribute to Dr. Brian Horgan with throwback photos and articles about Dr. Horgan over the years, and a final interview by Matt Cavanaugh. This is a must read! Plus, the tribute contains neat photos showing the history of TROE.</li> <li>Dr. Horgan promoted of the sustainability of the golf industry with the <a href="http://scienceofthegreen.umn.edu/current-projects/community-value-golf-courses-project" target="_blank">Natural Capital of Golf</a> project and the <a href="http://scienceofthegreen.umn.edu/" target="_blank">Science of the Green</a> project.</li> <li>In October 2019, he was honored for making a substantial contribution to golf from the MGCSA - <a href="https://issuu.com/mgcsa/docs/october_2019_hole_notes" target="_blank">Dr. Brian Horgan Selected to Receive the Coveted Rebholz Award</a>.</li> <li>His research publications are too numerous to list here, but check out this <a href="https://www.researchgate.net/scientific-contributions/27852586_Brian_P_Horgan" target="_blank">Research Gate link</a> to learn more.</li> </ul><h3>Dr. Jon Trappe</h3> <p> </p> <div alt="Jon Trappe standing in a field giving a talk" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="0e00d4ff-099e-426a-b9cb-f8aebb57c990" title="" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/dsc_0316-4.jpg" alt="Jon Trappe standing in a field giving a talk" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p><a href="https://turf.umn.edu/taxonomy/term/506" target="_blank">Dr. Jon Trappe</a> came to our group after receiving his PhD from Purdue University and worked as a postdoctoral researcher for several years. He worked on a variety of projects including MnDOT roadside turf research, allelopathy of fine fescues, and homeowner outreach.  He is now working as a Technical Agronomist at Midwestern BioAg.</p> <ul><li>Jon often appeared on the <a href="https://wccoradio.radio.com/media/podcast/wccos-smart-gardens" target="_blank">WCCO Smart Garden radio show</a> to answers listeners' questions on lawns. To listen to his broadcasts, some of the more recent dates were: 5/18/19, 6/8/19, 6/15/19, and 6/22/19.</li> <li>Some of the MnDOT projects on which Jon worked can be read about in depth in <a href="https://conservancy.umn.edu/browse?type=author&amp;value=Trappe,%20Jon" target="_blank">these published reports</a>.</li> <li>Two articles authored by Jon from our blog - <a href="/node/1781" target="_blank">Still bagging your grass clippings? Let's clear up some of the myths...</a> and <a href="/node/1476" target="_blank">Can we control lawn weeds without herbicides?</a></li> <li>Jon was featured on the PBS show Prairie Yard &amp; Garden in the episode called <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wEG1n53lfkU" target="_blank">Healthy and Beautiful Lawns</a>.</li> </ul><h3>Dr. Dan Sandor</h3> <p> </p> <div alt="Dan Sandor standing in front of an irrigation display" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="06701450-5aaf-468f-a9b0-28c02e337e99" title="" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/0827180947_hdr-2.jpg" alt="Dan Sandor standing in front of an irrigation display" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p><a href="https://turf.umn.edu/taxonomy/term/586" target="_blank">Dr. Dan Sandor</a> came to our group from the University of Arkansas. He was our social media pro and worked as a postdoctoral researcher on the Metropolitan Council project relating to lawn water conservation. Dr. Sandor is now an <a href="https://issuu.com/leadingedgepubs/docs/va-turfgrass-journal-2019-nov-dec/11" target="_blank">assistant professor of Turfgrass Science at Virginia Tech</a>.</p> <ul><li>Dan oversaw the <a href="/node/1786" target="_blank">Minnesota State Fair display</a> on smart controllers and lawn irrigation that reached thousands of fairgoers with a message of <a href="/node/1776" target="_blank">sustainable lawn irrigation practices</a>.</li> <li>Dan’s primary project was the <a href="https://metrocouncil.org/Wastewater-Water/Planning/Water-Supply-Planning/Studies-Projects-Workgroups-(1)/Ongoing-Studies-Projects/Twin-Cities-Lawn-Irrigation-Efficiency-Study.aspx" target="_blank">Metropolitan Council Twin Cities Lawn Irrigation Efficiency Study</a>.</li> <li><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eyqE7_W7PIg&amp;feature=youtu.be" target="_blank">Water Irrigation Audit</a>, a video from the city of Woodbury, MN, features Dan demonstrating how to conduct an irrigation audit on a home lawn.</li> <li>Dan made national news when he was interviewed for an article, <a href="https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2019/10/05/raking-leaves-fall-stop-now-keep-leaves-lawn-mulch-them/3853468002/" target="_blank">Raking leaves again this fall? Stop right now</a>, in USA Today.</li> </ul><h3>Dr. Chase Straw</h3> <p> </p> <div alt="Chase Straw taking measurements in a soccer stadium" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="1a205905-5236-48a2-b068-974617c792fc" title="" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/2019-06-14_11-44-02_007-2_1.jpg" alt="Chase Straw taking measurements in a soccer stadium" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p><a href="https://turf.umn.edu/taxonomy/term/581" target="_blank">Dr. Chase Straw</a> came to our group from the University of Georgia where he worked on turfgrass and sports injury.  He used his sports turf background to continue that research in sports turf, and also started a project on using moisture sensors on golf courses for precision irrigation.  Dr. Straw’s new position is <a href="https://soilcrop.tamu.edu/straw-joins-department-of-soil-and-crop-sciences-faculty-at-texas-am-university/" target="_blank">Assistant Professor of Turfgrass Management and Physiology at Texas A&amp;M</a>.</p> <ul><li>Chase developed two easy-to-use mapping protocols for collecting and analyzing surface properties of golf courses and sports fields using commercially available devices and free software: <a href="http://license.umn.edu/technologies/2019-332_protocol-for-golf-course-soil-moisture-mapping" target="_blank">Mapping protocol for golf courses</a> and <a href="http://license.umn.edu/technologies/2020-238_protocol-for-mapping-sports-field-properties" target="_blank">Mapping protocol for sports fields.</a></li> <li>Chase was featured in several articles in the MGCSA’s Hole Notes magazine - <a href="https://issuu.com/mgcsa/docs/hole_notes_september_2018/1?ff" target="_blank">UMN Member Driven Research: Irrigation Sensors</a> and <a href="https://issuu.com/mgcsa/docs/hole_notes_sept_2019" target="_blank">Thick skinned with Dr. Chase Straw</a>.</li> <li>Two articles authored by Chase from our blog - <a href="/node/1581" target="_blank">Are athlete injuries influenced by changes within a turfgrass sports field?</a> and <a href="/node/1696" target="_blank">GPS athlete performance tracking devices for...sports field management?</a></li> </ul><p>We wish all four of our former teammates the best of luck!  Much of the great work to which they contributed will continue. By the way, we have a number of other distinguished alumni (graduate students and postdoctoral associates) from our program; please check out <a href="people/alumni" target="_blank">our alumni page</a> for details.</p> <h3>The future</h3> <p>What’s coming in the future for our team?  Well again, if you’re a regular reader of our blog, you will know that we recently hired two new people: <a href="/node/1931" target="_blank">Shane Evans</a>, our Lawn Water Conservation Educator, and <a href="/node/1941" target="_blank">Gary Deters</a>, our Field Facility Manager. We look forward to great new contributions from our new team members on our projects. Of course, <a href="people" target="_blank">the rest of the team</a> will be working as diligently as always as well. Please continue to stay up to date on our work by reading this blog and by following our Twitter account (<a href="https://twitter.com/UMNTurf" target="_blank">@UMNTurf</a>)!</p></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/46" hreflang="en">Brian Horgan</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/506" hreflang="en">Jon Trappe</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/586" hreflang="en">Dan Sandor</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/581" hreflang="en">Chase Straw</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/696" hreflang="en">Yinjie Qiu</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/71" hreflang="en">Garett Heineck</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/946" hreflang="en">Shane Evans</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/661" hreflang="en">Kristine Moncada</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Mon, 11 May 2020 21:28:00 +0000 monc0003 1981 at https://turf.umn.edu Introducing Gary Deters, Research Field Facility Manager https://turf.umn.edu/news/introducing-gary-deters-research-field-facility-manager <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">Introducing Gary Deters, Research Field Facility Manager</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" about="/user/286" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">monc0003</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 04/01/2020 - 11:00</span> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_publish_date" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-publish-date"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-publish-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field__item"><time datetime="2020-04-01T10:45:00Z" class="datetime">Wed, 04/01/2020 - 10:45</time> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><p>By Gary Deters</p> <div alt="profile picture of Gary Deters" data-embed-button="media_browser" data-entity-embed-display="media_image" data-entity-type="media" data-entity-uuid="f55dac2c-84cc-4b97-8811-05f7480adcab" title="" data-langcode="und" class="embedded-entity"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/files/media/u_of_mn_photo.jpg" alt="profile picture of Gary Deters" typeof="foaf:Image" /></div> <p>Hello everyone, my name is Gary Deters and I am the new Turf Research Field Facility Manager with the Turfgrass Science team.  I am looking forward to working with the turfgrass researchers, and helping to continue the great work coming from the University of Minnesota.</p> <p>I am a proud graduate of the University of Minnesota, where I majored in Environmental Horticulture with an emphasis in Turfgrass Management.  I have spent over half my life in the golf course industry, with the previous six years as a golf course superintendent at St. Cloud Country Club.  I hope my experience in the field will give the researchers a golf course superintendent’s perspective on our trials and experiments.  I am excited to help maintain the research fields at the <a href="https://turf.umn.edu/research/troe-center" target="_blank">Turfgrass Research, Outreach, and Education Center</a>.</p> <p>My passion for turfgrass management evolved from being a lifelong avid golfer, and it’s still one of my favorite things to do.  I enjoy traveling the world with my wife, as we have been to fifteen different countries over the last five years with the hope to add more in the future.  I am also a fitness enthusiast, and I enjoy a good workout at the gym.  On the lighter side, I am a big fan of Star Wars and Seinfeld.</p> <p>I am excited to be back on the St. Paul campus and living in the Twin Cities metro.  I have a lot of great memories of being a student at the University of Minnesota, and I am looking forward to creating new friendships and memories as a part of the turfgrass team in the Department of Horticultural Science.</p></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_news_blog:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-news-blogfield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/411" hreflang="en">golf</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Wed, 01 Apr 2020 16:00:00 +0000 monc0003 1941 at https://turf.umn.edu People https://turf.umn.edu/people <span class="field field--name-title field--type-string field--label-hidden">People</span> <span class="field field--name-uid field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden"><span lang="" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Anonymous (not verified)</span></span> <span class="field field--name-created field--type-created field--label-hidden">Wed, 12/14/2016 - 12:18</span> <div class="panel-display boxton clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div > </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.boxton --> <div class="panel-display brenham-flipped clearfix"> <div class="container-fluid"> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-12 radix-layouts-header panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_general_page:field_dl_media" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-general-pagefield-dl-media"> <div class="field field--name-field-dl-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field__items"> <div class="field__item"><article class="align-none media media--type-image media--view-mode-dl-cropped"> <div class="field field--name-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field__item"> <img src="/sites/turf.umn.edu/files/styles/crop_freeform/public/files/media/seeding_aug_30_jon_trappe_2_1.jpg?itok=al5VgxZS" width="3548" height="1289" alt="Seeding turf plots" title="Seeding turf plots" loading="lazy" typeof="foaf:Image" class="image-style-crop-freeform" /> </div> </article> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="row"> <div class="col-md-8 radix-layouts-content panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_general_page:field_dl_body" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-general-pagefield-dl-body"> <div class="clearfix text-formatted field field--name-field-dl-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field__item"><table><tbody><tr><th> <p><strong>Faculty and Extension</strong></p> </th> </tr><tr><td><a href="http://agronomy.cfans.umn.edu/department-directory/nancy-jo-ehlke">Nancy Ehlke</a></td> <td>Turfgrass Seed Production</td> <td>nancy@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/eric-watkins">Eric Watkins</a></td> <td>Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics</td> <td>ewatkins@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/maggie-reiter">Maggie Reiter</a></td> <td>Extension Educator - Turfgrass</td> <td>reit0215@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/josh-friell">Josh Friell</a></td> <td>Adjunct Assistant Professor</td> <td>frie0250@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><th><strong>Research Staff</strong></th> <th> </th> <th> </th> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/andrew-hollman">Andrew Hollman</a></td> <td>Senior Scientist</td> <td>ahollman@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://agronomy.cfans.umn.edu/department-directory/donn-vellekson" target="_blank">Donn Vellekson</a></td> <td>Research Plot Coordinator (Seed Production)</td> <td>velle001@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/florence-sessoms">Florence Sessoms</a></td> <td>Scientist</td> <td>fsessoms@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/kristine-moncada" target="_blank">Kristine Moncada</a></td> <td>Scientist</td> <td>monc0003@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/gary-deters">Gary Deters</a></td> <td>Field Facility Manager</td> <td>dete0040@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/ryan-schwab" target="_blank">Ryan Schwab</a></td> <td>Research Technician</td> <td>schw1396@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/michael-barnes">Michael Barnes</a></td> <td>Postdoctoral Associate</td> <td>barne369@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/dominic-christensen" target="_blank">Dominic Christensen</a></td> <td>Research Technician</td> <td>chri3393@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><th><strong>Graduate Students</strong></th> <th> </th> <th> </th> </tr><tr><td><em><strong>Master of Science</strong></em></td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td>Jonathan Cors</td> <td>Genetic engineering</td> <td>corsx006@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/joan-manuel-barreto-ortiz" target="_blank">Joan Barreto Ortiz</a></td> <td>Image-based Phenotyping, Genetics and Bioinformatics</td> <td>jbarreto@umn.edu</td> </tr><tr><td><strong><em>Ph.D.</em></strong></td> <td> </td> <td> </td> </tr><tr><td><a href="https://horticulture.umn.edu/people/nicole-mihelich" target="_blank">Nicole Mihelich</a></td> <td>Fine Fescue Sod Improvement</td> <td>mihel016@umn.edu</td> </tr></tbody></table></div> </div> <div data-block-plugin-id="field_block:node:dl_general_page:field_dl_tags" class="block block-layout-builder block-field-blocknodedl-general-pagefield-dl-tags"> <div class="flex-display-list field field--name-field-dl-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-inline"> <div class="field__label">Tags</div> <div class="field__items"> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/416" hreflang="en">Eric Watkins</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/646" hreflang="en">Nancy Ehlke</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/656" hreflang="en">Donn Vellekson</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/236" hreflang="en">Andrew Hollman</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/576" hreflang="en">Florence Sessoms</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/661" hreflang="en">Kristine Moncada</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/716" hreflang="en">Dominic Christensen</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/561" hreflang="en">Ryan Schwab</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/721" hreflang="en">Nicole Mihelich</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/891" hreflang="en">Joan Barreto Ortiz</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/966" hreflang="en">Gary Deters</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/986" hreflang="en">Michael Barnes</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/166" hreflang="en">Maggie Reiter</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/231" hreflang="en">Josh Friell</a></div> <div class="flex-display-list-item field__item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/1276" hreflang="en">Jonathan Cors</a></div> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div> <div class="col-md-4 radix-layouts-sidebar panel-panel"> <div class="panel-panel-inner"> </div> </div> </div> </div> </div><!-- /.brenham-flipped --> Wed, 14 Dec 2016 18:18:36 +0000 Anonymous 31 at https://turf.umn.edu