7 a.m. – 2:30 p.m., September 10, 2015, EDT, RAIN or SHINE

TN Turf Field Day
​​Approximately 500 visitors are expected to learn the latest in turfgrass research and management at the 2015 Turf and Ornamental Field Day at the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Knoxville on Sept. 10. Photo of 2013 event courtesy UTIA.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Fall is the perfect time to renew your home lawn and revitalize turfgrass fields, or to make plans for field rejuvenation in the spring. The University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day has become one of the largest and fastest growing field day events in the United States. Held at UT's East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Plant Sciences Unit on Alcoa Highway, last year's event drew approximately 500 people interested in the latest strategies for managing infestations of turfgrass weeds and diseases, cultivar evaluations, athletic field turf, and ornamental plant materials. Participants included golf course managers, landscape planners and others interested in managing turf for outdoor venues.

Big crowds are expected again this year.​

Topics to be discussed at this event include:

* PRE and POST Weed Control for Turf and Ornamentals

* You Get What You Pay For: Tall Fescue Lawn Establishment & Maintenance

* Climate Change and Carbon Abatement in Turf Management

* New Bermudagrass & Zoysiagrass Cultivars for Tennessee

* Emerald Ash Borer, Crape Myrtle Bark Scale, and Other Invasive Pests

* Ornamental Grasses for Tennessee

* Hydrangea Boot Camp

* Fraze Mowing: A New Strategy for Managing Bermudagrass


Visitors can also enjoy a behind the scenes tour of the East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center Plant Sciences Unit.

Registration will be accepted on-site the day of the event for a fee of $75 for one member of a company or household, and an additional $45 for additional members of the same company or household.

UT Institute of Agriculture provides instruction, research and outreach 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.



Dr. Jim Brosnan, jbrosnan@utk.edu, 865-974-8603

Doug Edlund, UTIA Marketing & Communications,
dedlund@tennessee.edu, 865-974-7363