I am often asked to consult at low maintenance, “mom and pop” style golf courses. I’m asked even more often to make a plan or publication for the same style courses. I’m working on that. It’s not easy. For one, every course is different. And its especially challenging if there’s not a person to make agronomic decisions on the staff. … Continue reading
Recently, Mr. Pat Sneed developed a great lab session for the golf course operations class titled “Employee training”. Students were assigned in groups of two and given time to develop a stepwise procedure for pre-operation inspection, equipment operation, and post operation care of an assigned piece of equipment. After a given amount of time, each team presented a mock training session for the operation of the equipment with one acting as the trainer and the other as the trainee. … Continue reading
For those of you who have followed the blog in 2014, you may have noticed a “Weed of the Week” series published throughout the semester. This is a direct result of the turf students enrolled in PSS 4823, Turfgrass Weed Management. During the semester, students were placed into groups and assigned a specific weed to discuss life cycles, … Continue reading
The most prominent turf species of Mississippi – bahia, bermuda, centipede, fescue, St. Augustine, and Zoysia – were all affected by the cold winter temperatures. In Tupelo, temperatures reached 5 degrees Fahrenheit. Starkville reached 8 degrees. Further south, areas near Jackson saw 13 degrees. Coastal cities didn’t fare much better.
There is winter damage at all of these locations. … Continue reading
Authors: Jed McCoy, Doug Martin, Jordan Billingsley What is Carolina Geranium?
Carolina Geranium (Geranium carolinianum) is a member of the Geranium family (Geraniaceae). It is a native, broadleaf winter annual. One will typically find Carolina Geranium in poor soils and near dry areas; mainly landscape beds and thinner turf areas. … Continue reading
Author: Wayne Philley
As a turfgrass breeder I get many near impossible challenges. When will there be a turfgrass that stays green 365 a year? This challenge may not be as difficult as it sounds. If you live in north Mississippi that grass could be turf-type tall fescue. With the right soil and some irrigation in summer, … Continue reading
Authors: Michael Denney, Christo Sullivan, Dustin Miller Description
Shepherd’s-purse, Capsella bursa-pastoris, is a winter annual or biennial plant that reproduces by seed. Seed will typically germinate when soil temperatures are below 60oF in the fall or early spring.
Shepherd’s-purse first emerges in the form of a rosette. Base leaves are 3-6” long, … Continue reading
I am a college basketball junkie, have been for a long time, so I have been watching a lot of basketball the last week or so (Go Badger’s and HailState Hoops). About every hour there seems to be an advertisement for Scott’s lawn products featuring Scott, the Scotsman, although I think he should be in a kilt and not just a plaid shirt. … Continue reading
Golf Course Supers, Turf Professionals, Vendors, etc..
I’d like to call your attention to the upcoming April 15 sign up deadline for the Rounds 4 Research auction. This is a call to action.
How it works: Golf facilities can support the effort by donating rounds of golf for two or four or “stay and play” packages and other items that will be auctioned off online on www.biddingforgood.com to generate funds for turfgrass research. … Continue reading
Authors: Ethan Flournoy, Kyle Grider, Dylan Boteler Identification Claytonia virginica L., otherwise known as Spring Beauty, is a part of the Purslane Family. This perennial herb is often considered a “sign of spring” because it is one of the earliest blooming spring flowers. The sweetly scented Spring Beauty overwinters and propagates through its corm (swollen underground plant stem that serves as a storage organ). … Continue reading