Experts to offer advice in turfgrass management at annual conference
Jan. 13, 2023
By Tracy Courage
U of A System Division of Agriculture
- Arkansas Turfgrass Association conference scheduled for Jan. 26-27 in Hot Springs
- Sessions offered in lawn, golf course, park and sports turf management
- Pesticide recertification credits available
- Register at arkansasturf.net
LITTLE ROCK —Turfgrass and landscape experts from Arkansas and beyond will share their expertise in lawn, golf course, park and sports turf management at the 2023 Arkansas Turfgrass Association annual conference Jan. 26-27 at the Hot Springs Convention Center.
The two-day conference includes concurrent sessions in golf, lawncare and sports turf and a full day dedicated mainly to pesticide recertification for Arkansas licensed applicators. Continuing education points are available for professionals with the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and Arkansas Department of Education.
“It’s always a goal of ours to offer our members a broader perspective of turfgrass management, research and pertinent issues, which is reflected in the line-up of speakers,” said Daniel O’Brien, a graduate assistant in horticulture at the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture.
- Jordan Booth – agronomist for the U.S. Golf Association
- Michael Lee – senior manager of government affairs and advocacy specialist for the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America
- Chase Straw – turfgrass professor at Texas A&M and leading expert on precision turfgrass management technologies
- Jeff Steen – director of agronomy for Big Cedar Golf Resort in Branson, Missouri
- Tyler Carr – graduate of Arkansas Turfgrass Program and professor at The Ohio State University
Experts from the University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture also will lead several sessions:
- Jason Davis, extension applicator technologist for the Division of Agriculture, will teach “Sprayer Calibration and Pesticide Safety,” which provides pesticide certification credits.
- Hannah Wright Smith, a weed specialist in turfgrass, specialty crops and forestry will teach “Pesticide Safety and Stewardship” and “Weeds 101.”
- Wendell Hutchens, assistant horticulture professor, will host “Cutting Edge Turf Technologies: A New Way to Scout for and Manage Turfgrass Diseases” and “Cultural and Chemical Management of the Most Common and Problematic Turfgrass Diseases in Arkansas.”
Hutchens will also moderate the golf session, and Smith will moderate the lawn and landscape session. To register for the conference, visit arkansasturf.net.
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About the Division of Agriculture
The University of Arkansas System Division of Agriculture’s mission is to strengthen agriculture, communities, and families by connecting trusted research to the adoption of best practices. Through the Agricultural Experiment Station and the Cooperative Extension Service, the Division of Agriculture conducts research and extension work within the nation’s historic land grant education system.
The Division of Agriculture is one of 20 entities within the University of Arkansas System. It has offices in all 75 counties in Arkansas and faculty on five system campuses.
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