Turfgrass Science News

2012-13 has been a year for the record books with extreme heat and droughts across the state in the summer and a winter that never seemed to end. Consider: 

For those of you who are wondering when to put your preemergent summer annual grassy weed herbicides down, NOW IS THE TIME. Soil temperatures are near 55 degrees in the upper profile and crabgrass will be germinating at 60 degrees. Any preemergent applications made after crabgrass has germinated will be ineffective. This application can be combined with fertility for increased density and spring turf greenup. Be sure to apply at the correct rate as directed by the herbicide and fertilizer label.

What a difference a year can make.  We certainly didn’t expect to be writing this report in the end of April while looking at snow on the ground across the state.  Now compare this to last spring, with golf courses opening in mid-March, and it gives us a little perspective on the influences that Mother Nature can dish out from season to season.  This winter has certainly gone on long enough, but the end is near (let’s hope).  We rewrote the record books last summer and fall with heat and drought extremes across the state, and this winter broke some records of its own.  How about these new T

Soil Testing LabA quick update for those of you planning to submit soil tests this spring.  Effective April 15th, the University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory has new forms and prices for conducting a soil test.  The new price for a Regular Test is $17.00.  This is a very reasonable price for testing pH, phosphorus, potassium, o

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