Past Research

Evaluation of Ventilation Systems under Winter Covers to Prevent Injury from Anoxia on Annual Bluegrass Putting Greens

Winter injury is a major problem for turf managers in cold climates of the northern hemisphere. This project continues work in the area of winter injury in order to discover practices that will ensure the survivability of turfgrass, particularly annual bluegrass putting greens. Olds, Alberta is a good location to conduct this research as winters […]

Fall Applications of Nitrogen and Potassium and the Effect on Winter Hardiness in Annual Bluegrass

The principal researcher for this project is Katie Dodson, Olds College. The study will focus on fall fertilization practices that will maximize the cold hardiness of turfgrass in cold climates. Little information exists on this important issue and the recommendations that have come from research conducted have been somewhat contradictory. Nitrogen and potassium will be […]

2014 – 02a Selection and Management of Creeping Bentgrass for Improved Resistance to Fusarium Patch Under Current and Future Conditions.

This project offers a unique opportunity to study the interaction between a perennial grass and a pathogenic fungi under conditions of climate change. This project is funded by the CTRF and Petro Canada as well as having funding support from the NSERC. It will include collaboration between the University of Guelph (Dr. T Hsiang) and […]

2014 – 03a Management of Take all Patch in High Ph Soils

The work and reports for this project will be performed under the direction of Katerina Jordan, Principal Investigator at the University of Guelph. The disease take-all patch, caused by the fungus Gaeumannomyces graminis var. avenae has been a major issue on golf sites in Ontario and the prairie provinces, likely due to the alkaline soil […]

Determining Soil Potassium Requirements of Sand-Based Putting Greens

The objective of this research, coordinated by Dr. Douglas Soldat at the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association, is to evaluate putting green quality and disease incidence over a wide range of soil test and tissue potassium levels. The optimal level of soil potassium for maximum turfgrass health remains an open question. Potassium fertilization practices vary widely, from […]

Rolling and Resistance: A Means to Reduced Fungicide Usage on Golf Course Greens

This proposed research, coordinated by Dr. Joseph Vargas at Michigan State University, will test and establish regimens for reduced fungicide management of creeping bentgrass putting greens by utilizing a disease-resistant cultivar and optimizing lightweight rolling practices. It will determine whether acceptable levels of disease, turfgrass quality, and playability are obtainable without the use of fungicide […]

Investigating Alternative Irrigation Strategies

Researchers in arid regions have explored greywater as an alternative irrigation source for turfgrass; however, poor-quality water sources have a tendency to increase soil nutrients (particularly salts) to toxic levels. Fortunately, the cool-humid climatic regions of North America have significant precipitation throughout the year; potentially enough to mitigate nutrient toxicity associated with regular greywater use.  […]

The Impact of Golf Courses on Nutrient Loss and Overall Pollutant Export from Developed Areas.

This project will examine the degree to which golf courses may have a positive impact on the export of nutrients and other pollutants into runoff in developed areas. Dr. Murray from Lakehead University (Orillia campus) is the lead for this project. Contrary to commonly-held belief, previous research has suggested that careful management of turfgrass can […]

Turfgrass Winter Survival

Acclimation & Winter Stresses Winter Protective Covers Warm Spells During Winter

Research and Development Yearbook 2015

Winter injuries are a significant economic burden for golf courses in the Nordic countries. STERF has developed a winter management programme that has the overall aim of providing the golf industry with information and tools to minimize turfgrass winter damage… Research and Development Yearbook 2015