Turf and Ornamentals Field Day

See the results of turfgrass research, participate in tours and hands-on demonstrations, earn pesticide education credits, and attend informational sessions.
Turf and Ornamentals Field Day - Conferences
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Penn State Turf and Ornamentals Field Day is our chance to show you the results of turfgrass research designed for golf course superintendents, sports turf managers, and lawn care operators; and provide tours and hands-on demonstrations for landscapers, nursery operators and others interested in ornamental horticulture.

What was formerly Penn State Turfgrass Field Day, has been expanded to include a Core pesticide education program from 9:00 to 10:00 AM, followed by morning breakout sessions on pests of ornamental plants. In the afternoon program, attendees can participate in tours of turfgrass research at the Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center from 1:00 to 4:00 PM, or three breakout sessions dealing with weeds and other pests, pruning, tree of heaven ID and control, ticks in the landscape, soil and disease diagnostic lab tours, and a tour of the Penn State Arboretum from 12:45 to 4:00 PM.

Turfgrass research sessions at the Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center

  • Disease, weed, and insect control
  • Fertilizer evaluations
  • Turfgrass cultivar evaluations
  • Athletic field research
  • Low maintenance turf
  • PGR evaluations

Sessions at the Penn State Arboretum

  • Pest walks
  • Plant identification
  • Pollinators and pesticides
  • Tour of Plant Disease Clinic and Ag Analytical Services Lab
  • And much more...

Turfgrass Research Tour

Location: J. Valentine Research Center (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM)

The turfgrass research component of Penn State Turfgrass and Ornamental Field Day will feature a variety of turfgrass field research demonstrations and plot tours. Turfgrass field day is a great way to learn about the latest findings in turfgrass disease, weed, and insect control; turfgrass cultivar performance; fertilizer products and practices; athletic field research; compost utilization; and much more.

Pesticide Credits and Education Points

Core and Category 6 (ornamentals), 23, and 18 pesticide credits will be available from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture for the ornamentals sessions.

For the Turfgrass Research Tour (1:00 PM - 4:00 PM), the Pennsylvania Dept. of Agriculture has assigned 4 credits of Cat. 7, 23, and 18 for the Golf Turf Track, and 3 credits of Cat. 7, 23, and 18 for the Lawn/Sports Turf Track.

Also, 0.30 GCSAA Education Points will be awarded for the Golf Turf Track of the Turfgrass Research Tour.


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