MTGF Master Class
January 15, 2019
9:00 AM – 9:05 AM:
MTGF Vice President
9:05 AM – 10:35 AM:
Historical and Future Tree Ranges in Minnesota
University of Minnesota
of Minnesota's native trees have been moving north and south
for millennia in response to climate change. Global warming has suddenly
reversed the cooling trend that was underway prior to European
settlement and this will lead to many changes in native species
distributions throughout the state. We will look back at changes in tree
ranges in Minnesota over the last 20,000 years. Then we will look
forward to the rest of the 21st Century and neonative species—species
currently growing to our south which will grow in the Twin Cities as the
AM – 12:10 PM: The Weather Sucks and So Does Your Grass
Dominic Petrella, University of Minnesota
session will focus on changes in turfgrass growth/physiology that occur
during environmental stress, and will cover management practices that
may help improve turfgrass growth during stressful climatic conditions.
12:10 PM – 1:00 PM: Lunch
1:00 PM – 2:30 PM: It’s not the cold, it’s the fluctuations
John Ball, South Dakota State University
Hardiness Zones, which are defined by the January cold temperate, really
do not help us select plant material in the Upper Midwest. We lose very
few woody plants from the midwinter cold. Our “winter” kill is more
commonly associated with the temperature fluctuations that occur during
late autumn and early spring. This session will cover why this occurs,
how to better select material for our region and how to reduce the
impact of seasonal temperature fluctuations on woody plants.
2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Sven Sundgaard, KARE 11 Meteorologist.
Donates $134,715 Towards
Turf & Grounds Research in Minnesota;
Brings Total to $1,546,041 Since 2001
For 2018, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is proud to announce that
it is donating $134,715 towards Minnesota Turf and Grounds research.
Since 2001, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation has donated
$1,546,041 towards turf and grounds research.
In March, the MTGF Board of Directors approved four
funding requests at its March Board Meeting. The funding
requests approved were:
The MTGF Board approved a donation of $65,000 towards TROE Center operations.
The Board feels the continued research and operations at TROE
Center is a major benefit
for Minnesota turf professionals.
The MTGF Board approved a MTGF donation of
$49,715 towards Teaching, Research, and Outreach Programs at the Urban
Forestry, Outreach, Research & Extension (UFore) Nursery and Lab.
The MTGF Board approved a $5,000 for students at the University of
Minnesota/Crookston to pursue a Pre-Game Agronomic Field Safety
Assessment for Sports Fields: Future Implications of Risk
The MTGF Board approved a donation of $15,000 for Tree Trust's Green
Teens program. This program will place teenagers as interns at Green
Industry related companies.
Each January, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds
Foundation (MTGF) co-hosts the Northern Green
with the Minnesota Nursery & Landscape
Association (MNLA) held annual in January
at the Minneapolis Convention Center. In
2019, the event will take place Tuesday-Thursday, Jan.
15-17. About 6,000 people annually attend the
The MTGF partners
with MNLA and the Minnesota Department of
Agriculture to annually host a Pesticide
Re-Certification session in November for
Categories A & E.
MTGF CLIPPINGS is the official publication
of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds
Foundation. The MTGF is a non-profit
organization that was formed in 1993. It is
a partnership of seven turf and grounds
related associations and the University of
Minnesota. MTGF CLIPPINGS is mailed to every
member of each of these organizations. With
a collective readership of over 3,000
individuals, it is the premier publication
serving turf and grounds professions in
MTGF MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION
Any association engaged in the development,
care and maintenance of public or private
grounds is eligible to become an allied
association member of the Foundation subject
to approval of the MTGF Board of Directors.
Individuals or businesses may become regular
Foundation members by joining one or more of
the member allied associations best suited
to their needs and interests.
There are no membership fees associated with
either allied association membership or
regular membership. However, if an
individual or business subscribes to the
mission and purpose of the Foundation but is
not a member of an allied association, they
are eligible for affiliate membership.
Affiliate membership is subject to Board
approval and does carry an annual membership
fee as established by the Board of
Directors. Those interested should contact
our business office at 952-473-3722 for
• Supporting professionalism within the
turf and grounds industry by encouraging
continued growth of each allied association.
• Encouraging the exchange of knowledge
among members of the turf and grounds
industry through educational conferences,
workshops, seminars, trade shows and field
• Supporting relevant turf and grounds
research, education and outreach at the
University of Minnesota and elsewhere.
• Being pro-active in environmental,
regulatory and public policy matters as they
affect the turf and grounds industry.
About the Minnesota Turf and Grounds
The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, a
is a partnership
of seven turf-
the University of
The 7 MTGF allied associations are:
+ Minnesota Association of Cemeteries
+ Minnesota Educational Facilities
+ Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents'
+ Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers
+ Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
+ Minnesota Sod Producers
+ Minnesota Turf Seed Council