Penn State Golf Turf Conference
When: Tue., Nov. 13, 2018 (8:00 AM - 4:30 PM)Wed., Nov. 14, 2018 (9:00 AM - 4:00 PM)Thu., Nov. 15, 2018 (9:00 AM - 11:00 AM)
Where: The Nittany Lion Inn
200 West Park Ave.
University Park, Pennsylvania 16802
registration deadline: November 11, 2018
The 2018 Penn State Golf Turf Conference will provide practical information on golf course management to practitioners, industry reps, and students. The program will feature some of the best and brightest in the industry including USGA agronomists, university faculty, golf course superintendents, industry representatives, graduate students, and others.
This year's conference will feature a special Preconference Seminar by Dr. David McCall from Virginia Tech entitled, "Closer to Reality: Drones and Site-Specific Management on Your Golf Course." Also featured is Keynote Speaker Rodney Smith, Jr., Founder of Raising Men Lawn Care Service, who will speak about his nonprofit and goal to inspire to youth to serve in their community. Other features include a Job Fair (exhibitors welcome), Turf Club Luncheon, and Open Reception.
We hope you will join us!
Optional Preconference Seminar
08:00 am Closer to Reality: Drones and Site-Specific Management on Your Golf Course (Preregistration Required - Capacity Limited. Cost: $75)
Combat the stereotypical perception that golf course superintendents are environmentally insensitive when it comes to exhibiting luxury consumption of turfgrass inputs, such as fertility, irrigation, pesticides and cultivation. Entire fairways are often irrigated when isolated zones begin to show signs of drought stress, and recent research has attempted to change this practice by reducing inputs through improved scouting and utilizing new technologies for the implementation of site-specific turfgrass management.
This seminar will focus on the sensor technologies that are available in the industry and how to interpret the data generated from integrating those into daily golf course management practices. If attendees apply the principles and skills from this seminar into their daily golf course management practices, they are more likely to:
10:00 am Conference Registration Opens <11/13> Sponsorship Available
01:00 pm The 2018 Year in Review
01:45 pm Plant Defense Response in Turfgrass Pathosystem: Exploring a New Component of IPM Strategy
02:15 pm Break <11/13/2:15>
02:30 pm Monitoring the Weather in a Digital World
03:15 pm Nematodes and Emerging Diseases of Golf Course Putting Greens
04:30 pm Job Fair (Exhibitor Preregistration Required - Capacity Limited. Cost: $90 Per Club/Organization)
Registrants are invited to exhibit at the Job Fair for an additional $90, one-time fee per club/organization. The exhibitor fee is in addition to the registration fee.
08:00 am Conference Registration Opens <11/14> Sponsorships available
09:00 am Potassium Requirement of Penn Series Putting Greens and its Influence on Stress Tolerance
09:30 am UAV on Golf Courses: These are Not the Drones You’re Looking For
10:15 am Break <11/14/10:15>
10:30 am Robots on the Course: Transitioning Towards Autonomous Mowers
11:15 am To Measure is to Know: Using Analytics to Maximize Resources
12:00 pm Spouse/Guest Ticket for Turf Club Luncheon (Preregistration Required. Cost $20)
For a spouse/guest not participating in the conference.
12:00 pm Turf Club Luncheon (Preregistration Required. Cost $20)
02:00 pm Social and Economic Value of Golf Courses as Natural Capital
02:45 pm The 50-Yard Challenge: Raising Men While Giving Back to the Community
03:30 pm PTC Update and Presentation of Distinguished Service Award
04:00 pm Open Reception
08:00 am Conference Registration Opens <11/15> Sponsorship Available
09:00 am Understanding Mechanisms of Imidacloprid in Controlling White Grubs in Turfgrass
09:30 am Fore the Superintendent: How Superintendents Can Improve the Playing Experience of Their Course
10:15 am Sustainable Turfgrass Systems: Is it Possible?
11:00 am Conference Concludes Save the date for next year’s conference: Nov. 19 - Nov. 21, 2019
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