Media Advisory: Turf Field Day Oct. 10 in College Station

Contact: Kay Ledbetter, 806-677-5608, skledbetter@ag.tamu.edu

COLLEGE STATION – Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples will be in attendance when Texas A&M AgriLife and Scotts Miracle-Gro team up to host the annual Turf and Landscape Field Day Oct. 10.

A highlight of the research to be displayed is a newly completed runoff facility, the largest of its kind in the U.S., said Dr. Ben Wherley, associate professor of turfgrass ecology. Research results from the monitoring of nutrient runoff losses during St. Augustine grass-sod establishment will be presented.

“This is a multi-departmental effort put on by faculty, staff and students from a range of disciplines across the college,” Wherley said. “The overall purpose is to transfer new research findings to professionals in the industry in an atmosphere of learning and information exchange.”

WHO: Texas A&M AgriLife and the Scotts Miracle-Gro Company.

WHAT: Turf and Landscape Field Day, “A Year Later: The Tenacity of Turf in Texas Landscapes.”

WHEN:  9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Oct. 10, with Staples’ appearance from 8-8:45 a.m. for photo opportunities at the runoff facility and his comments from 9-9:20 a.m.

WHERE: The Texas A&M AgriLife Turfgrass Field Lab and The Scotts Miracle-Gro Lawn and Garden Research Facility on F&B Road near the Texas A&M University campus.

PARKING: For come-and-go press traffic, enter Dairy Center Road near the Soil, Water and Forage Testing Laboratory at the intersection of Agronomy and F&B Road. Then travel along Dairy Center Road to the pasture road leading to the back of the tent. If conditions are muddy, stay parked on Dairy Center Road. To view this location in Google Maps, click here. For press who want to spend all day, please take advantage of the park and ride option. Park at Reed Arena in Lot 100e on campus and board buses to the site, about a 10-minute ride. A parking lot attendant will provide a sticker to allow parking in the designated lot during the event.

HOT TOPICS:
- Runoff facility turfgrass establishment results.
- U.S. Department of Agriculture specialty crop research initiative on the selection of drought-and salinity-tolerant turfgrasses for the southern U.S.
- Irrigation research and demonstrations: Assessing the efficiency of your irrigation system.
- Turfgrass fertility research: Nutrient requirements for St. Augustine grass, Bermuda grass and zoysia grass.
- Southern lawn disease management.
- Weed control: Evaluation of a new natural organic herbicide for broadleaf weed control in lawns.

Contact day of event: Kay Ledbetter, 806-683-2736 (cell).

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