Tenn. — The University of
Tennessee Institute of Agriculture will host a Turf and Ornamental Field Day on
Thursday, Sept. 11, at its East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, Plant
Sciences Unit, beginning with registration at 7:30 a.m.
The event, which is becoming one of the largest such events in the United
States, is expected to attract more than 500 turf and ornamental horticulture professionals,
including golf course and athletic field managers as well as
professionals managing both residential and commercial landscapes. It will feature 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. The
field day will also provide education on managing ornamental plants in
Featured talks will include crabgrass control, environmental buffers to protect
water quality, new tools for managing ornamental pests, common ornamental diseases
and insect pests in Tennessee, refurbishing residential lawns and managing
Registration in advance is encouraged as lunch and a copy of the proceedings are
guaranteed to advance registrants. The
cost to attend is $60 with advance registration or $75 for on-site
registration. Additional pricing structures are available for registrations for
multiple employees of the same organization, students and others. Advance
registration closes Aug. 28. Those with limited mobility should call 865-974-7201
to request an accommodation for accessibility.
Educational sessions begin at 8 a.m.
and continue until 3:30 p.m. A light breakfast and BBQ lunch will be provided. For more information or to register online, visit this website.
In addition, participants may sign up for
an inside look at Neyland Stadium. This tour will be Friday, September 12, and is
limited to a maximum of 50 people. The registration cost is $20 per person.
Tour will begin and end at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center,
Plant Sciences Unit (3215 Alcoa Highway Knoxville, TN 37996). Patrons will be
bused from this location to UT campus and back. Bus departs the site at 9:00
a.m. and returns at approximately 12:30 p.m. Register for the tour here.
A total of 6 pesticide
recertification points are available in categories C3, C6, C10 and C12
for Tennessee attendees. Pesticide
recertification credits for attendees from Virginia, Georgia,
Kentucky, North Carolina, Alabama, and Mississippi also will be
available, as will International Society of Aboriculture continuing education
credits. A total of 0.40 Golf Course
Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA) continuing education points also will be
Interested participants can
follow the event via social media on Twitter by following @UTTurfgrass and
using the hashtag #UTTurfFD14; on the UT Turfgrass
Facebook page; or by following the UT Turfgrass Instagram account @UTTurfgrass.
Turf Republic will also host the 2014 UT Turfgrass Field Day Social Media
Experience on TurfRepublic.com. The Social Media
Experience, which debuted in 2013, will feature videos, photos, live blogs
and interactive maps of the event.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
UT East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center, 865-974-7201