Thomas J. Koske, Claesgens, Mark A., Owings, Allen D. | 9/20/2007 9:27:16 PM
The LSU AgCenter will conduct an ornamental horticulture and turfgrass field day for lawn and garden professionals on Oct. 9 at the Burden Center in Baton Rouge.
The program will include morning tours, a luncheon presentation and an afternoon pesticide re-certification program. Organizers request registration by Oct. 2.
Tour highlights will cover ornamental horticulture research efforts in turfgrass, nursery crops, floriculture crop production and landscapes.
Ornamental topics scheduled are container nursery crop studies pertaining to fertilization and media selection, landscape plant flooding tolerances, post-harvest cut flower studies, herbaceous and woody ornamental landscape evaluations, and weed control in the landscape.
Turfgrass topics scheduled include seashore paspalum germination and establishment, an overview of new national turfgrass evaluation program (NTEP) cultivar trials, brown patch studies, weed control efforts for torpedograss, dallisgrass and dollarweed in turf and plant growth regulator work in bermudagrass and centipedegrass.
During lunch, Janet Curry from Ball Horticulture will make a presentation on the new ellepot planting system for landscape contractors. A planting demonstration also will be held.
Afternoon educational sessions in pest management will be provided for participants desiring to pursue Louisiana Department of Agriculture and Forestry commercial pesticide applicator recertification in category 3 (ornamentals and turf).
The field program begins at 9 a.m. with tours, followed by lunch and the planting demonstration. The optional pesticide recertification program runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The morning session fee is $10, and the all-day session costs $25. Lunch and printed materials will be provided. Checks can be made payable to the Louisiana Turfgrass Association and mailed to Dr. Tom Koske, P. O. Box 25100, Baton Rouge, La., 70894. For additional information on this event, contact LSU AgCenter horticulturists Allen Owings at (985) 543-4125 or Tom Koske at (225) 578-2222.