June 26, 2002 | By: Aimee D. Heald

A July 11 field day at the University of Kentucky’s Turf Research Center at Spindletop Farm for professional turf managers will cover a wide array of turf topics from entomology research and pathology to equipment demonstrations.

Research tours on the farm will begin at 9, 10 and 11 a.m. The tours will include information about entomology, pathology, warm season grasses, bentgrass, herbicides and cool season grasses. One hour of recertification credit for each of the above tours, with a maximum of three credit hours, will be award to professional applicators.

Registration is free and will begin at 8:30 a.m. Organizers encourage those attending to bring plant problems because experts will be available to identify and diagnose the conditions.

Booth and walking visits will include information abut roses and native grasses, turf disease and identification and discussion , weed identification, turf insect identification and collection, soil and seed testing, equipment demonstrations, various Kentucky associations and Green Industry vendors. Kenneth Franks of the Division of Pesticides also will be available to answer questions regarding pesticide certification.

Field day activities will end at 2 p.m. followed by a meeting of the Kentucky Sports Turf Managers Association. KYSMTA President Aaron Boggs will present the summer turf and organization updates.

To get to Spindletop from I-75, take the Kentucky Horse Park exit, travel one mile past the Horse Park and follow field day signs. From I-64, or New Circle Rd., take the Newtown Pike exit, travel north toward Iron Works Pike, turn left, then follow field day signs.


A.J. Powell  859-257-5606