Sept. 12 event for managers of athletic fields, golf courses, home lawns and other outdoor venues



2013 Turf and Ornamental Field Day

The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Turf and Ornamental Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 12, at its East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center - Plant Sciences Unit. Onsite registration begins at 7:30 a.m., but advance registration prior to Aug. 29 is encouraged. Image courtesy UTIA.


KNOXVILLE, Tenn. The University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Turf and Ornamental Field Day on Thursday, Sept. 12, at its East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center - Plant Sciences Unit.  Onsite registriation begins at 7:30 a.m. Educational sessions will start at 8:30.

he event features current research on managing weeds, diseases and insect pests of warm- and cool-season turfgrasses as well as strategies for maximizing the quality of athletic field playing surfaces. For the second consecutive year, the field day will also provide education on managing ornamental plants in landscape settings.

Featured talks will include
a step-by-step demonstration of successful (and unsuccessful) approaches to renovating home lawns; new information and plot demonstrations on ornamental grasses for Tennessee golf courses; and the latest information on maximizing the safety of natural and synthetic turf surfaces used on athletic fields. Also on the program are special sessions to assist professionals in communicating with Spanish-speaking employees, an interactive quiz where attendees will be asked to identify mistakes made in managing ornamental plantings and a discussion of the Mobile Weed Manual, a new tool for managing weeds of turf and ornamentals optimized for use on mobile devices.

As an added benefit to attendees, Debbie Joines, manager of UT Extension’s Soil, Plant and Pest Center, will be on hand to provide free soil pH analyses. Those interested in this service should bring a sandwich bag full of the soil they wish to be tested. In most cases results will be available by the end of the event.

Registration in advance is encouraged as lunch and a copy of the proceedings are guaranteed to advance registrants. The cost of advance registration is
$60 per individual with a 50 percent discount available for additional advance registrants from the same business. The advance registration deadline is Aug. 29. Late and onsite registration the day of the event is $75 per individual, with lunch and proceedings available while supplies last. Student rates are also available. Those with limited mobility should call 865-974-7201 to request an accommodation for accessibility.

The Tennessee Turfgrass Association is sponsoring a lunchtime raffle to benefit the University of Tennessee Turfgrass program. Featured raffle prizes will include pallets of sod, an iPad mini and UT football tickets.

Tennessee attendees will earn six pesticide re-certification credits in categories C3, C6, C10 and C12.  Pesticide re-certification credits for Virginia, Georgia, Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi attendees will also be provided. A total of 0.55 Continuing Education Points will be available for members of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA). International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) continuing education credits are also available.

For more information or to register online, visit the website:

The UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and public service through the UT College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources, the UT College of Veterinary Medicine, UT AgResearch, including its system of 10 research and education centers, and UT Extension offices in every county in the state.



Scott Boyle, UTIA Plant Sciences, 865-974-7324 or