The Louisiana Turfgrass Association (LTA) will hold a one-day winter turf conference January 11 on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge. The association works closely with the LSU AgCenter to improve professionals in the turfgrass management business, according to LSU AgCenter horticulturist Dr. Tom Koske.
A featured speaker will be Chris Hartwiger of the United States Golf Association (USGA) Green Section. He will speak on golf turf management issues in the southern region.
Several LSU AgCenter speakers will provide educational topics on growing good grass and the best management practices. Entomologist Dr. Dale Pollet will speak on turfgrass insects and control recommendations. Weed expert Dr. Ron Strahan will discuss major weed problems and current best management practices (BMPs) to avoid and control these pests. Horticulture professor Dr. David Lee will speak on turf disease management and the fungicide chemistry available for their control.
Soil fertility expert and nutrient management expert Jay Stevens will talk about the value of soil testing for sand media and native soil rootzones.
"Interpretation of results can be tricky," Koske says, adding that Stevens’ recommended BMPs will provide the best use of the fertilizer dollar and create the least stress on the local soil environment.
Several technical representatives of major pesticide companies will have short presentations on the use of their newest and best turf products for lawn care.
Registration begins at 8:00 a.m. on the suite level of Tiger Stadium.
Koske invites participants to "Come see the premier view of the playing field." Parking is restricted to the east side of the stadium, because of construction. Signs mark the way. Take the elevators on the east side up to S level 1.
Registration is $35 for LTA members and $40 for nonmembers. Walk-ins are welcome. The fee includes lunch. Please try to call or e-mail ahead to allow a headcount for lunch and seating. The program runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
"We are trying to get everyone to rediscover LTA and its mission to promote professional turf management and turf education," says Mitch Fontenot, LSU golf course superintendent. Fontenot also is arranging Professional Development Institute (PDI) credits to complement Hartwiger’s and others’ talks to help golf participants certify their Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) professional development.
Additional information may be obtained from Tom Koske at 225-578-2222 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For related topics look for Gardening and Get It Growing links in the Feature section of the LSU AgCenter Web site: www.lsuagcenter.com.