Sandhills Turfgrass Regional Conference and Field Day held June 12

— Written By Kaki Carl

Participants at Sandhills Regional Turfgrass Conference and Field Day presentation

4.5 (L N D X) NCDA&CS pesticide credits were earned by participants at the Sandhills Research Station (SRS) Turfgrass Regional Conference and Field Day  on Wednesday, June 12. Lunch was served following the education and field stop presentations. 

Full program: 

7:30 Registration opens/ Coffee and doughnuts
8:00 Welcome and opening remarks:

  • Dr. Travis Gannon, Turf Work Group Chair & Associate Prof., Crop & Soil Sciences, NCSU
  • Mr. Jeremy Martin, Superintendent, Sandhills Research Station
  • Kaleb Rathbone, Director, NCDA & CS Research Stations Division
  • Natalie Hummel, Assistant Director, NC Agricultural Research Service
8:15 Education Section:

  • Jim Kerns: “Best Management Practices for Diseases in the Landscape
  • Rick Brandenburg and Terri Billeisen: “Using the latest products, resources, and approaches for cost-effective and environmentally-sound insect control programs in turf.
  • Fred Yelverton: “Weed Management in warm-season turfgrasses”
10:15 Coffee Break
10:25 Education Section (contd.)

  • Matt Martin: “Managing difficult pests in Warm Season Turf
11:00 Field Stops:

  • Stop 1: Jim Kerns – Distinguishing abiotic from biotic problems, and proper sample collection         
  • Stop 2: Susana Milla-Lewis, Esdras Carbajal, Carolina Zuleta and Rocio van der Laat – “Low input grasses for NC landscapes
  • Stop 3: Ray McCauley, Drew Pinnix, Ben Gragg, and Grady Miller – “The science of soil compaction – A field demonstration
  • Stop 4: Travis Gannon – “Optimizing Pesticide Applications and Debunking Myths Around their Use
12:20 Lunch

The following NCDA&CS Pesticide Credits are approved: 4.5 (L N D X)

0.40 GCSAA Education Points