DALLAS — The newest state turfgrass specialist for the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service aims to inspire sustainable management of safe sports fields and other turfgrass applications.
Dr. Chrissie Segars’ office is at the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Extension Center at Dallas.
Her focus is coaching field managers on a system of approaches where primary goals are user safety and healthy turfgrass. Segars’ extension outreach efforts cover aeration, fertilization, irrigation, variety selection, pests, weeds and a wide array of other practices.
“It’s so important to educate about how all these disciplines work together to cultivate safe playing surfaces and healthy fields,” she said.
Focus on safety
Segars cited several field characteristics that determine safety, which are affected by proper management. They include surface hardness and foot traction among others.
The South Carolina native, in addition to her outreach initiatives, aims to find solutions that support better sports fields across the socioeconomic spectrum. As such, Segars will conduct research at the nexus of best management practices for turfgrass health and field safety.
“My research in Dallas will give me a great opportunity to take the science right to the public and to industry,” she said. “I’m excited to see how this work can improve the field.”
Segars holds a bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and masters’ degrees in kinesiology and horticulture from Louisiana State and Oklahoma State universities, respectively. She earned her doctorate in crop science from Oklahoma State.
Segars joins Dr. Becky Grubbs as AgriLife Extension’s second turfgrass specialist for Texas.
“I’m excited to begin working with all the people involved in the turfgrass industry across the state,” Segars said. “I want to make a strong impact in Texas, keeping turfgrass sustainable, starting with Dallas-Fort Worth.”