UM / MTGF Turf and Grounds Field Day
Set August 7 at TROE Center in St. Paul

Turfgrass Extension Educator
University of Minnesota

Greetings MTGF members, we are happy to announce that the UM / MTFG Turf and Grounds Field Day will be brought back to the St. Paul campus this year. Over the past two years, we have held this field day in a virtual format with the production of short videos detailing research projects conducted by faculty and staff here at the University of Minnesota.

The Virtual Field Days were made possible through the support of the MTGF and its membership. Virtual Field Day videos from 2012 and 2013 can be found at www.turf.umn.edu and www.mtgf.org.

We couldn’t be more excited to be offering the face-to-face field day again, and we look forward to your participation in this education and networking opportunity.

PHOTO: National Turfgrass Evaluation Trials and breeding of several turfgrass species along with Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease updates will highlight this year’s Field Day at TROE Center on the St. Paul campus.

Over the past 20 years, the MTGF has supported numerous research projects here at the University of Minnesota. Additionally, we have been very successful at securing grants related to critical issues in landscape management and sustainability. This funding makes it possible for us to research specific issues that you face on a daily basis.

Please join us on August 7, 2014 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on the St. Paul campus to see these research projects first hand. This is one month earlier than previous field days, and we hope that the timing will be more convenient for attendees. We will be offering two separate focus areas, turfgrass research or landscape research.

Some exciting highlights of this year’s field day include:
+ National Turfgrass Evaluation Trials and breeding of several turfgrass species
+ Emerald Ash Borer and Dutch Elm Disease updates
+ Improving the winterhardiness of perennial ryegrass
+ Evaluation of turf management products for disease suppression, increased turf quality and stress tolerance
+ Wetting agent influence on surface firmness and winter injury of golf course putting greens
+ Current insect and disease issues associated with horticultural plants
+ Using growing degree days to schedule trinexapac-ethyl applications on creeping bentgrass putting greens: new knowledge
+ Fine fescue species characteristics regarding divot recovery and response to traffic
+ Fertilizer and turfgrass species effects on microbial populations in the soil
+ Bee Lawns: new species options for lawns to improve pollinator habitat
+ Pesticide runoff from golf course fairways
+ Turfgrass species drought evaluations

These are just a few of the projects that will be presented this year.


MNLA / MTGF Northern Green Expo
Each January, the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation co-hosts the Northern Green Expo at the Minneapolis Convention Center. This year, the event is set for January 14-16, 2015. About 6,500 people annually attend the event.

Pesticide Re-Certification
The MTGF partners with MNLA and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture to annually host a Pesticide Re-Certification session in November for Categories A & E. The dates for 2014 are yet to be determined.

MTGF Clippings Magazine
MTGF CLIPPINGS is the official publication of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation. The MTGF is a non-profit organization that was formed in 1993. It is a partnership of seven turf and grounds related associations and the University of Minnesota. MTGF CLIPPINGS is mailed to every member of each of these organizations. With a collective readership of over 3,000 individuals, it is the premier publication serving turf and grounds professions in Minnesota.

MTGF Membership Information
Any association engaged in the development, care and maintenance of public or private grounds is eligible to become an allied association member of the Foundation subject to approval of the MTGF Board of Directors. Individuals or businesses may become regular Foundation members by joining one or more of the member allied associations best suited to their needs and interests. There are no membership fees associated with either allied association membership or regular membership. However, if an individual or business subscribes to the mission and purpose of the Foundation but is not a member of an allied association, they are eligible for affiliate membership. Affiliate membership is subject to Board approval and does carry an annual membership fee as established by the Board of Directors. Those interested should contact our business office at 952-473-3722 for further information.

• Supporting professionalism within the turf and grounds industry by encouraging continued growth of each allied association.
• Encouraging the exchange of knowledge among members of the turf and grounds industry through educational conferences, workshops, seminars, trade shows and field days.
• Supporting relevant turf and grounds research, education and outreach at the University of Minnesota.
• Being pro-active in environmental, regulatory and public policy matters as they affect the turf and grounds industry.

About the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
The Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation, a non-profit
organization, is a partnership of seven turf- and grounds-
related associations and the University of Minnesota.

The 7 MTGF allied associations are:
+ Minnesota Association of Cemeteries
    + Minnesota Educational Facilities Management Professionals
    + Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents' Association
    + Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
    + Minnesota Society of Arboriculture
    + Minnesota Turf Association
    + Minnesota Turf Seed Council

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The mission of the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation 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. 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.


Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation
P. O. Box 617
Wayzata, MN 55391

Phone: 952-473-3722
E-mail: info@mtgf.org

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