LSU AgCenter Horticulturist Announces Turfgrass Conference

Thomas J. Koske  |  9/14/2006 11:33:56 PM

News You Can Use For December 2003

The Louisiana Turfgrass Association will hold its one-day winter turf conference January 13 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. The association works closely with the LSU AgCenter to promote and improve professionals in the turfgrass management business, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.

The featured speaker is Dr. Bryan Unruh of the University of Florida, Milton. He will speak on the new class of sulfonylurea herbicides and their usage on turfgrasses. Unruh will conclude with his testing of new improved seeded bermudagrass cultivars.

Duane Patton of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) will speak about the organization’s new practices that are now in force, including a new way of rating superintendents, new standards that must be met, how professional improvement must be kept up and professional development initiatives (PDIs).

Bud White of the United States Golf Association (USGA) will cover the management of ultradwarf bermudas, and Dennis Shepard will discuss the new Monument herbicide and other new Syngenta tools, plus make observations on two significant diseases of bermuda turf.

Rick Bayhi of Monsanto will talk on the company’s newest chemistry for turf. Additional speakers will fill out the day.

Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. at the Lawton Room at the base of Tiger Stadium. The room is located across the street from the Mike the Tiger’s cage. Registration is $35 for LTA members and $40 for non members. Walk-ins are welcome. The fee includes lunch.

"We are trying to get everyone to rediscover LTA and its mission to promote professional turf management and turf education," said Mitch Fontenot, LSU golf course superintendent. Fontenot also is attempting to arrange PDI credits to complement Patton’s talk to help participants certify their professional development.

Additional information may be obtained from Koske at 225-578-2222.

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On the Internet: http://www.lsuagcenter.com

Source: Tom Koske (225) 578-2222, or tkoske@agcenter.lsu.edu.

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