Optional turf irrigation program to be offered March 1
COLLEGE STATION – A Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course will be Feb. 25-28, with an optional day of water management training March 1, at the Scotts-MiracleGro Turfgrass and Landscape Research Facility at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The four-day short course is designed for turf professionals and enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge of turfgrass systems and best management practices, said Dr. Becky Grubbs, Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist, College Station.
Registration cost is $595 by Feb. 1 and $645 after that for the four-day course. Early registration for the fifth day is an additional $165, or $210 after Feb. 1. To register, go to https://tinyurl.com/registerturfgrass.
A light breakfast will be included each morning, and lunch will be provided daily. Additional snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day. Participants are responsible for their own dinners.
“This course moves linearly from site preparation and appropriate species selection to establishment, cultural practices and pest management,” Grubbs said. “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts with unique problem-solving perspectives. Our objective is to empower turfgrass managers to make confident, well-informed decisions through a combination of applied and theoretical knowledge.”
For a complete list of speakers and topics, go to: https://tinyurl.com/turfgrasscourseflyer.
Participants will spend time both in the classroom and engaged in group and hands-on activities. The curriculum for this program has been submitted for approval by the Texas Department of Agriculture and total continuing education units will be determined. All participants will receive a certificate upon completing the first four days of this course.
The optional eight-hour Irrigation Water Management of Commercial Landscapes short course with the Texas A&M School of Irrigation is approved by the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality for eight CEUs for licensed irrigators, irrigation technicians and irrigation inspectors.
It is designed for landscape professionals including contractors, licensed irrigators and managers of turf areas, but is useful for anyone interested in landscape water conservation or learning more about irrigation water management, Grubbs said.