Charles Peacock

Professor

cpeacock@ncsu.edu

Williams Hall 1215 PO Box 7620, Raleigh, NC 27695-7620

Biography

Dr. Peacock did his graduate training in Turfgrass Science at the University of Florida. Prior to coming to NC State, he was Assistant/Associate Professor of Turfgrass Science and Extension Turfgrass Specialist at the University of Florida and also spent time as Senior Agronomist with the sod farming operations of Anheuser-Busch. Dr. Peacock teaches Environmental Issues in Turf Management (CS 465/565), and conducts research in turfgrass management, nutrient management, nutrient fate, stress physiology and environmental Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Research

NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT Dr. Peacock's most recent research has involved collaborative efforts with other faculty in determining the fate of nitrogen applied to golf course fairways and its environmental impact. Additional studies in nutrient management have evaluated bermudagrass turf for nitrogen requirement using various sources for efficiency of utilization. Another cooperative project which is currently underway includes the evaluation of zoysiagrass cultivars for their establishment rate, nutrient requirements and cold tolerance. Most recently he has been the project leader in development of a website which helps guide people’s needs for irrigation management (TIMS program) and is now working on a website which will document BMP use for water conservation on golf courses and will assist them in developing a plan for irrigation management

Teaching

CS 465 - Environmental Issues in Turf Management is the capstone course in the Agronomy, Turfgrass concentration curriculum. The course objectives are for students to learn the principles of sustainability and ecosystem structure and function; the application of Best Management Practices and Integrated Pest Management in turfgrass management systems; and how to evaluate environmental quality, particularly water quality and wildlife habitat and develop strategies to protect these resources

Extension

Dr. Peacock also provides extension information and education opportunities by working with the Turfgrass Council of North Carolina on their conferences. He has served at Conference Committee co-chair the last two years and participates as a speaker at the annual conferences in Charlotte, Asheville and Wilmington. He also often is a speaker at regional trade association meetings. Most recently he has teamed with Dr. Art Bruneau to re-write a series of publications for the turfgrass industry on how to protect water quality.

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