The UCONN Turfgrass Science Program had its 2014 Turfgrass Field Day. The focus of the event was a guided tour of current research studies in the areas of turfgrass management, pathology, entomology, and more. The afternoon program included two breakout sessions highlighting current organic management demonstrations for athletic field turf and a turfgrass disease and the walking tour focused on identification and cultural and chemical control options.
This is our fourth field day here at UCONN. This was started back in 2008 and we put this event on every other year. And this is one of the great opportunities for us to really share our research. This is what we are interested in; what we do every day. For field day we have 200-300 people all coming here to see our research. So it’s a great opportunity for us to tell people about what we are doing, interact with them and kind of get feedback from them about what they value about that. It’s still great to bring everybody out here, to the farm, so we can showcase a lot of the variety of research we are doing here.
In the morning we have a lot of exhibitors that come in. We have a good local exhibitor support. We usually have about 35-40 exhibitors on hand. They bring in materials, they bring in equipment. It allows the attendees to kind of come through and visit with the exhibitors, see what the new materials and the new equipment that the exhibitors have to offer, and for them to kind of network and learn new things from the exhibitors. We generally showcase ten different research projects. We try to integrate our graduate students into those research presentations to get them part of the action as well.
So a lot of the associations associated with turf grass can all earn credits by attending both the morning and afternoon programs. It’s a good opportunity to network with people both within the region as well as with people outside the region. And, so you know, everyone just comes together and there is educational content and research that’s pointed at these very specific sectors. Everyone has an opportunity to take something of value with them. We are really thrilled with the turnout that we have had over the last several years now. It’s as I said, it’s a good opportunity for us to showcase our research. We do this every other year and we really looking forward to seeing you here in Storrs, at the research farm, so we can show more of our research and so we can hear more of what is important to you, as turf managers, to help shape our future research. Please come and see us in 2016 because we will be right here.