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New Website Launch

We have launched our new website which should be easier to search and work on mobile devices. All of our past Turf Tip Articles (back to 2004) have also been imported and available.


Lawn Diseases 2016

The summer of 2016 has been quite favorable for the development of an assortment of infectious diseases on residential turf.  The primary driver of all of this disease activity is the weather.  In the lower Midwest, the combination of elevated temperature and ample precipitation since the beginning August of has spawned outbreaks of brown patch, […]


New Turf Disease Publications

Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Root Knot Nematode This publication describes the root knot nematode life cycle, and how to identify and manage them in turf. Free download at: http://extension.purdue.edu/extmedia/BP/BP-121-W.pdf  Turfgrass Disease Profiles: Spring Dead Spot Spring dead spot (SDS) is the most serious disease of bermudagrass. It is a root disease that kills individual plants, thins turf […]


Turf and Landscape Field Day on July 14, 2015

On Tuesday, July 14, 2015 the Purdue Turf Program and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation will host the Turf and Landscape Field Day. The Turf and Landscape Field Day is Indiana’s largest green industry field day. This will be the third year with landscape research tours added. Specialists from four different departments in the College […]


Lee Pilz Memorial Fund

One of our Purdue turf graduates, Lee Pilz died unexpectedly on Saturday, February 21, 2015 in Indianapolis at the age of 39. He graduated from Purdue University in 1998 with a degree in turf science and was the assistant golf course superintendent at Tippecanoe Lake Country Club, Leesburg, IN. Read Lee’s full obituary here. The […]


Purdue Ackerman-Allen Hills Course Renovation Update

As this year’s golf season came to a close, the highly anticipated renovation of Purdue’s 80 year-old Ackerman Hills golf course began. In addition to upgrading the course for collegiate-level play, the refurbishment also offers a unique opportunity for students in Purdue’s Horticulture and Landscape Architecture program to gain valuable, hands-on, turf management experience. Source: […]


Words You Might Hear a Turf Nerd Use

A nerd is an intelligent but single-minded person obsessed with a nonsocial hobby or pursuit1. Therefore, a turf nerd is someone single-minded towards turf, obsessed with turf, and a bit nonsocial. I suppose that described me pretty well. To help increase your turf nerd quotient (only nerds use words like quotient), I thought I would […]


Purdue Turf and Landscape Field Day, July 15, 2014

On Tuesday, July 15, 2014 the Purdue Turf Program and the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation will host the Turf and Landscape Field Day. The Turf and Landscape Field Day is Indiana’s largest green industry field day. This will be the second year with landscape research tours added. Specialists from four different departments in the College […]


MRTF Green Award Winners Announced!

Winners of the first ever Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) Green Awards were announced just a few weeks ago at the Indiana Green Expo in Indianapolis during the MRTF Distinguished Service Award Reception. The purpose of this award is to recognize MRTF member facilities that show outstanding environmental stewardship, who implement the highest standard of […]


Winter likely to keep a frigid grip on Indiana into late March

Article from: Purdue Agriculture News (2/27/2014) WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Despite a couple of recent mild weather days that made us think spring could be near, the Indiana State Climate Office says winter isn’t going away anytime soon.While it isn’t abnormal in Indiana for snow and cold temperatures to linger into mid-March, current weather models […]


Status: The Office of Indiana State Chemist & Seed Commissioner

Following recent flooding in their office due to a water line break, “the Office of Indiana State Chemist & Seed Commissioner has restored operational status for most of its internal activities of licensing, registering, and responding to telephone calls.  As of Tuesday, January 21, all staff reported to their regularly assigned duties. The laboratories continue […]


MRTF Golf Day at Highland Country Club in Indianapolis

Join us for the MRTF Golf Day Monday, October 1, 2012 Highland Golf and Country Club, Indianapolis, IN Registration Deadline: 9/24/2012Registration Form (PDF format) Register on-line for your team at https://www.mrtf.org/php/Registration.php?pid=5489 Continue to shop and add the game package https://www.mrtf.org/php/Registration.php?pid=5542 If you have any questions/comments/concerns please contact Jennifer Biehl at biehlj@purdue.edu or 765-494-8039 Agenda: 11:00 […]


Gwen Daniel – Obituary

Gwen Daniel Gwen H. Daniel, Age 91, of Westminster Village, West Lafayette, IN. Gwen was born on June 28, 1921 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. She received her BA degree from Quachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Arkansas. She married William H. Daniel on January 9, 1944 while he was a pilot in the U.S. Army Air […]


Drought widens and strengthens grip on Indiana

Drought both spread and worsened across Indiana in the past week, with the northern and southwestern portions of the state continuing to suffer the most. Read more…  


Assessing Spring Freeze Injury in the Landscape

As most gardeners have marveled, we’re having one of the earliest “spring” seasons this year, with woody plants and herbaceous perennials three to six weeks ahead of “normal.” And then, perhaps inevitably, “normal” spring frost and freeze visited. Being so much further along in their development, plants are quite vulnerable to damage.       […]


New Publications on Tree Selection, Planting, and Diagnosis

The following new publications about tree selection, planting and diagnosis might be of interest to you. See below for more details. Why is My Tree Dying? (FNR-FAQ-11-W)  https://mdc.itap.purdue.edu/item.asp?itemID=20568   This publication explains how trees can be injured and die from damage suffered during construction projects. Author: Lindsey Purcell, Urban Forestry Specialist. Tree Installation: Process and Practices […]


Turf Disease Watch

A new posting has been added to Turfcast. See Turfcast (http://btny.agriculture.purdue.edu/turfcast/ ) to read more about this post and for a daily summary of risk for several turfgrass diseases. Rick Latin, Turfgrass Pathologist


Brown Patch–initial outbreaks

A new posting has been added to Turfcast. See Turfcast (http://btny.agriculture.purdue.edu/turfcast/ ) to read more about brown patch and for a daily summary of risk for several turfgrass diseases.   Rick Latin, Turfgrass Pathologist


Educational Opportunity:

Turf Field Day Tuesday, July 19, 2011 Daniel Turf Center, West Lafayette, IN Attendee Registration Form Exhibitor Registration Form


Flooding on turf

April was a wet month in Indiana with rainfall totaling 2-10 inches more than normal in April for areas of Indiana (see precipitation map below). Heavy rainfall can cause flooding stress on turf. Flooding reduces oxygen to the plants from the soil and could ultimately lead to plant death without oxygen. If water saturation is […]


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