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Grounds Research at UM
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The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, a non-profit organization, is a partnership of seven turf and grounds related associations representing nearly 2,300 employees in the turf and grounds industry. The MTGF is also in partnership with the University of Minnesota. The mission of the MTGF is to promote the green industries in Minnesota through support of research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. The MTGF pursues its mission in various ways. One of these is an annual "Call for Proposals," titled the "MTGF Research Gift Program," whereby researchers, instructors and outreach faculty and staff involved in turf and grounds work may submit requests for unrestricted gifts to support their activities. In 2012, along with a commitment $15,000 to a University of Minnesota Endowment Fund, the MTGF is donating $70,000 to four projects. The researchers are: Dr. Brian Horgan/Eric Watkins; Michelle Grabowski/Jeff Hahn, and Robert Blanchette/ Jeffrey Gillman. The MTGF has donated $1,100,000 dollars towards turf and grounds research from 2001 - 2016.

U of M On-Line Diagnostic Tool
New this year, MTGF is funding “What’s Wrong With My Plant? An Online Diagnostic Tool for Insect, Disease and Abiotic Problems” by Jeff Hahn, UM Extension Entomologist and Michelle Grabowski, UM Extension Educator – Plant Pathology and Horticulture. The MTGF funded $3,000.

TROE Center
Research at the TROE Center is vital for the future development of our industry and the Research being done at the TROE Center is of great benefit to our members. The MTGF annually supports the work at TROE Center with funding donations.

Dutch Elm Disease
The MTGF is also supporting Robert Blanchette and Jeff Gillman’s research on "Selecting American Elms for Resistance to Dutch Elm Disease." Research on Dutch Elm Disease-resistant elm cultivars will be very beneficial to the grounds managers. The MTGF continues to support this program annually.



VIRTUAL FIELD DAY

Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation and University of Minnesota Virtual Field Day. Please find the schedule of presentations below. Each video seminar will be released according to the schedule, with a link provided next to the title. Included with each video will be a study description, additional links, contact information, and a short survey. Please be sure to take a minute to complete the survey, which will help us refine the virtual field day format and production in the future. Please take advantage of this information and contact us with any questions, comments or by taking the survey below. By taking the survey, you will help us improve our future videos.

After reviewing the videos, please take our survey at:
http://www.turf.umn.edu/2012/10/2012-mtgf-and-umn-virtual-field-day-wrap-up/

 FIELD DAY VIDEOS

Josh Friell – Salt Tolerant Grasses for Roadsides
Link:
http://turf.umn.edu/josh-friell-salt-tolerant-turfgrasses-for-roadsides/

Andy Hollman – Using Glyphosate to Control Annual and Perennial Grassy Weeds in Fine Fescue Mixtures
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/andrew-hollman-glyphosate-for-control-of-undesirable-grasses-in-fine-fescue-mixtures/

Eric Watkins I – Developing Fine Fescues for Low-Input Lawns
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/eric-watkins-developing-fine-fescues-for-low-input-lawns/

Maggie Reiter – Fine Fescues for Golf Course Fairway
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/maggie-reiter-fine-fescues-for-use-on-golf-course-fairways/

Sam Bauer – A Time and Place for Tall Fescue
Link: http://www.turf.umn.edu/sam-bauer-a-time-and-place-for-tall-fescue/

Michelle Grabowski I – White Mold I: Disease Identification & Management
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/michelle-grabowski-white-mold-part-1-disease-identification-and-management/

Michelle Grabowski II – White Mold II: Identification of resistant Cultivars for use in White Mold Infested Beds
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/michelle-grabowski-ii-white-mold-ii-identification-of-resistant-cultivars-for-use-in-white-mold-infested-beds/

Craig Krueger – Benefits of Rolling Putting Greens
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/craig-krueger-benefits-of-rolling-putting-greens/

Eric Watkins II – Turfgrasses for Minnesota Lawns
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/dr-eric-watkins-turfgrasses-for-minnesota-lawns-2/

Sam Bauer – Home Lawn Species Conversion: The Easy Approach
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/sam-bauer-home-lawn-species-conversion-the-easy-approach/

Eric Koeritz – Ryegrass Improvement Studies
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/eric-koeritz-ryegrass-improvement-studies/

Mary Meyer – Five Tough Native Grasses
Link: http://turf.umn.edu/2012/10/mary-meyer-five-native-grasses-for-tough-sites/



PAST RESEARCH
 

Genetic Improvement of Prairie Junegrass for Use as a Turf

Matthew D. Clark, Research Assistant, Department of Horticultural Science
 
Breeding and Evaluating Perennial Ryegrass Cultivars for Minnesota
Nancy Jo Ehlke, Professor and Head, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
 
Fine Fescue Cultivars
Andrew B. Hollman, Scientist, Department of Horticultural Science
 
2005 Kentucky Bluegrass NTEP Trial
Eric Watkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science
 
Kentucky Bluegrass Rough Conversion
Matthew J. Cavanaugh, Research Assistant, Department of Horticultural Science
 
Post Emergent Grassy Weed Control
Andrew B. Hollman, Scientist, Department of Horticultural Science
 
Establishment and Maintenance of Fine Fescue Putting Greens
Brian P. Horgan, Associate Professor, Department of Horticultural Science
 
Nutrient Runoff
Carl J. Rosen, Professor, Department of Soil,Water, and Climate
 
Nonselective Organic Herbicides
Robert J. Mugaas, Extension Educator - Horticulture, University of Minnesota Extension
 
Reducing Economic Loss Caused by Stem and Crown Rust in Perennial Ryegrass
Eric Watkins, Assistant Professor, Department of Horticultural Science
 
Japanese Beetles are in Minnesota for Good
Vera A. Krischik, Associate Professor, Department of Entomology
 
Turf -Legume Mixes: N Fertility and N Fixation
JoAnn F.S. Lamb, USDA-ARS, Adjunct Associate Professor, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics


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MISSION STATEMENT

The mission of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation is to promote the green industry in Minnesota through support of research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota and elsewhere. The MTGF pursues its mission in various ways. One of these is an annual "Call For Proposals," titled the "MTGF Research Gift Program," whereby researchers, instructors and outreach faculty and staff involved in turf and grounds work may submit requests for unrestricted gifts to support their activities. As a 501(c)(3) corporation, funding approved by the MTGF will not be subjected to overhead or other indirect charges or costs. The dates for submission, review and approval may change on an annual basis as well as the protocol stipulated for the submission of gift requests.


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Phone: 952-473-3722

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