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.

The day begins with a Core Pesticide Education Program, followed by morning breakout sessions. 

From 10 am - 12 pm, industry suppliers will be providing demonstrations of their products and services. Demonstrations will be provided by:
Bernhard and Company
Ceres Turf Inc.
E. H. Griffith
Finch Turf
Hunter Industries
Lawn and Golf Supply Company, Inc.
Tiny Mobile Robots

In the afternoon, attendees can participate in Lawn and Sports Turf or Golf Turf tracks at the Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center.

Core and Category pesticide credits have been approved from the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture. Education Points have been approved from the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) and Sports Field Management Association (SFMA). 

The education taking place at Joseph Valentine Turfgrass Research Center features the following topics and speakers:

Precision Turf Sprayers – Reid Mitchell

2023 Granular Fertilizer Evaluation – M.J. Schlossberg, Ph.D.

Dollar Spot Study on Bentgrass Fairway – Kabita Shah

Non-Target Effects of Insect Growth Regulators on Soil Arthropods – Stokes Aker

Insecticide Resistance of ABW – Garrett Price

Effects of Soil Moisture on Annual Bluegrass Weevil Egg-Laying, Larvae Survival and Annual Bluegrass Preference – Rowda Altamimi

Evaluation of Poa annua and Agrostis stolonifera Host Plant Defense Mechanisms in Response to Annual Bluegrass Weevil (Listronotus maculicollis) Herbivory – Audrey Simard

Anthracnose Basal Rot Study on Annual Bluegrass Putting Green - John Kaminski, Ph.D.

Machine Learning-Based Prediction Model for Brown Patch Disease – Fereshteh (Angel) Shahoveisi, Ph.D.

Pythium Blight Study on Perennial Ryegrass - John Kaminski, Ph.D.

Gray Leaf Spot Study on Perennial Ryegrass - John Kaminski, Ph.D.

Dollar Spot Resistant Cultivars - John Kaminski, Ph.D.

Autonomous Mowing Strategies to Reduce Dollar Spot - John Kaminski, Ph.D.

Is Bermudagrass a Viable Turfgrass Species in PA? - Tanner Delvalle

Sports Turf Evaluation - Warm & Cool Season Grasses – Tom Serensits

Herbicides for Weed Control in Infrequently Mowed Fine Fescues - Peter Landschoot, Ph.D.

White Grubs, Caterpillar, and Chinch Bug Update for Home Lawns and Sports Fields - Ben McGraw, Ph.D.

Controlling Difficult Weeds – Tanner Delvalle

Pre and Post Emergent Control of Crabgrass – Timothy Lulis 

Post Emergent Control of Broadleaf Weeds – Timothy Lulis

The Irrigation Audit: Our valuable tool for economical, sustainable, and environmentally friendly water use – Brad Jakubowski

Personal Protective Equipment Review - Genevieve Christ

Thank you to all of our Field Day Sponsors!

Ceres Turf Inc.

Finch Turf

Genesis Turfgrass


Lawn and Golf Supply Company, Inc. 

 Tiny Mobile Robots  

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