PHOTO: Ricky King, UK Turfgrass Science
Turfgrass professionals and homeowners can find the latest buzz in turfgrass and lawn care at the University of Kentucky Turf Research Field Day. This year’s field day is July 14 at UK’s A.J. Powell Jr. Turfgrass Research Center at Spindletop Research Farm in Lexington.
Event registration and trade show begin at 7:30 a.m. EDT and go through 9 a.m. Attendees will have the option of attending four tours. Each tour begins at 9 a.m. and repeats at 10 a.m. and 11 a.m.
One of the tours is turf insect management. It focuses on pollinators and improving their habitats on lawns, golf courses and landscapes. Topics include UK entomology’s research projects on pollinator habitats at golf courses, reducing pollinator interaction with neonicotinoid insecticides, pollinator friendly landscape plants and whether clover lawns benefit pollinators.
UK College of Agriculture, Food and Environment specialists will also lead tours and provide information on weed and disease management, cool-season grass management and warm-season grass management.
Kentucky and Tennessee pesticide applicators can receive three general credit hours in categories 3, 10 and 12. Field day organizers have applied for credits for Indiana pesticide applicators as well.
The cost to attend the field day is $20 before July 8 and $30 after that date.
Lunch and a trade show will be between noon and 1:30 p.m.
After lunch, participants can attend one of four optional workshops. Topics include sprayer and spreader calibration, weed and grass identification, disease identification and lawn care tips and best management practices.
These optional workshops likely will fill quickly and are limited to one per person. They cost an additional $10 before July 8 and $20 after that date. One specific pesticide applicator credit is available in categories 3, 10, 12, 18 and 20 in Kentucky and in categories 3, 10 and 12 for those from Tennessee.
Registration is available online at http://www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf/field%20day.html.
Gregg Munshaw, 859-257-5606