Annual Turfgrass Conference to be held in Tifton
Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Posted by: Jennifer Addington
Annual Turfgrass Conference to
By Kenzie Kesselring
Sod farmers, landscape professionals and sports turf managers
interested in learning more about the turfgrass industry's latest innovations
are invited to attend the 70th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference.
The conference will be held on Tuesday, April 26, at the
University of Georgia Tifton Campus Conference Center in Tifton, Georgia. The
event will begin at 8 a.m., with registration and breakfast, and conclude at 5
UGA turfgrass breeder Brian Schwartz
-right-examines research plots during the turfgrass conference held in 2013.
Image credit-Clint Thompson.
Recent turfgrass research on the UGA Tifton Campus has focused on
improving drought-resistant turfgrass and finding ways to reduce the amount of
fertilizer needed to grow turfgrass, according to Brian Schwartz, a UGA College
of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences turfgrass breeder. More information
about these advances and other CAES turfgrass research projects will be shared
at the conference.
"We are trying to make turf easier to manage," Schwartz
Industry experts and UGA faculty will provide updates on the
progress made through the UGA turfgrass breeding program, discuss different
pesticide and fungicide management tactics and share best management practices
Along with these turf-related topics, experts will be on hand to
discuss tax-related issues and succession planning. Schwartz believes these
topics will be very beneficial to farmers, specifically.
"As a farmer gets older, if they have several kids,
succession planning will give farmers strategies to keep the farm together,
provide fair ways to divide inheritances and answer other problems that come
with inheriting valuable land," he said.
According to Schwartz, the information at this conference is just
as valuable today as it was 70 years ago.
"The turfgrass conference is a place where people come to not
only hear the information - some might argue that is secondary. Because of the
long history, many attendees actually do business here," Schwartz said.
The cost to attend is $100 for the full conference or $50 for the
morning session only. Those interested can register at ugatiftonconference.org/events.
An optional golfing event at the Golf Club of South Georgia is set
for Monday, April 25, the day before the conference. The fairway green fee is
$25. A barbecue dinner, set for 6:30 p.m., is free to turfgrass conference
participants, even if they do not participate in the golfing event. To reserve
a tee time, contact the golf course at 229-386-4653.
more questions about the conference, contact Schwartz at 229-386-3272.