AgriLife Today: Aggie Turfgrass program, field day highlights latest green industry technology

COLLEGE STATION – Topics ranging from management of sand-capping systems on golf courses to turfgrass cultivars of the future attracted more than 150 people to the Texas A&M Turfgrass and Landscape Field Day on Oct. 11 in College Station.

The event was hosted by the Texas A&M AgriLife Research and Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service programs within Texas A&M University’s soil and crop sciences department.

Attendees were lawn care operators, golf course superintendents, landscapers, sod producers and professional grounds managers from as far away as Dallas and San Angelo, said Dr. Ben Wherley, associate professor of turfgrass ecology with AgriLife Research and coordinator of the program.

“Attendees gained new information that they will be able to take back and directly apply to improve their turf and landscape management practices,” Wherley said.

“What a great job on a field day that helped showcase new technology to the Texas green industry,” said Dr. Mark Hussey, Texas A&M University System vice chancellor and dean of agriculture. “I’m extremely excited to be here in the new home for the turfgrass science program, the Scott’s Miracle-Gro Center for Lawn and Garden Research. This facility highlights our strong partnership with industry, plus provides an excellent location for us to conduct research, extension and education here at the institution.”

Hussey said all the research, teaching and extension work at the facility is having a great impact on the green industry, not only in Texas but nationally and internationally through the reach of Texas A&M programs.

“These are really exciting times in the green industry and the urban-types of programs within the Texas A&M University System,” he said during the field day luncheon. “We have this great facility where you are able to see some of the research showcased here today. And, at our Dallas location on Coit Road, we are in the process of constructing a new urban research and extension facility that, even by Texas standards, will be best in class.”

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