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View MSU Snow Mold Trials at Treetops on March 31
Nancy Dykema Research  Assistant It’s snow mold time again. The Treetops snow mold trial viewing (“field day”) is set for this   Thursday, March 31 . We will plan to meet at the  Pro Shop at Treetops/Sylvan Resort at 10 am , as in the past, and will travel ...

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Poa annua Greens Declining?
Dr. Kevin W. Frank Michigan State University In the last couple days I’ve received reports from several
golf course superintendents indicating that Poa annua on putting greens that
emerged from winter looking good was now declining.   It is possible that th...

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Winterkill Update Spring 2015
Dr. Kevin W. Frank and Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. Michigan State University The winter of 2013-2014 produced devastating levels of
winterkill, especially in the Detroit area. 
As a result of the damage experienced to Poa annua putting greens last
year golf course ...

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Steve Glossinger Receives Honorary Certificate
Steven Glossinger,
CGCS, was the recipient of the Michigan State University Institute of
Agriculture Technology's honorary certificate at the IAT graduation ceremony on
March 22, 2015.  Mr. Glossinger began his Superintendent career in
Michigan at Signal Po...

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'Flagstick' Dollar Spot Resistant Creeping Bentgrass
Dr. J. M. Vargas Jr., Ron Detweiler, and
Nancy Dykema Michigan State University About 20 years ago, my laboratory personnel
discovered some creeping bentgrass plants at the Hancock Turfgrass Research
Center that appeared to be resistant to dollar spot, caus...

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Ice on Putting Greens
Dr. Kevin W. Frank Michigan State University Once
again this winter there are many golf course superintendents throughout the
northern United States and across Canada that are coping with ice cover on
putting greens.   At least in Michigan, it
is nothing li...

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Low-Temperature Chamber for Winterkill Research
Dr. Kevin W. Frank and Dr. Emily Merewitz Michigan State University The low-temperature growth chamber that was purchased
earlier this year by a partnership between the Michigan Turfgrass Foundation’s
Founders Society, MSU AgBio Research, and the MSU

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Preparing Turf for Winter
Dr. Kevin W. Frank & Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. Michigan State University The winter of 2013-2014 shattered weather records and Poa
annua putting greens.   Ice cover that
endured from early January through mid-March was a significant factor in
causing winterkill b...

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MSU December Turf School
Dr. Kevin W. Frank Michigan State University The MSU Turf School is an intensive
four-day course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as
the practical techniques of managing turfgrass.   The school will be "team taught" by MSU turfgrass...

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Dollar Spot Runs Rampant
Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. Michigan State University In the last couple weeks it seems dollar spot has been everywhere from golf course fairways, tees, and roughs to athletic fields and home lawns.  Conditions have been perfect for the development of dollar spot w...
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