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June 2017 Newsletter

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2017 OTRF Research

The OTRF continues with its’ 38 year history of raising money for turfgrass research with the announcement of the 2017 research grants , all with promising results in the turf management of sports fields, golf courses, parks and managed grass areas.
1. Fungicide alternatives management of microdochium patch and anthracnose
Dr. Alec Kowalewski, Oregon State University

2. Effects of ethylene inhibition on creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass survival of ice cover stress
Dr. Emily Merewitz/ Dr. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University

3.Evaluation of compost topdressing and compost tea applications on sports field turfgrass swards.
Katie Dodson, Olds College

4. Use of biosolids for fertility, soil health improvement and disease management.
Dr. Katerina Jordan, University of Guelph

Credit Valley Golf & Country Club Special Events Donation

Credit Valley Golf & Country Club is the first club to donate a portion of their annual profits from club special events tothe OTRF. A new funding program launched by the OTRF, seeks golf courses who recognize the value to their players and course sustainability by supporting turfgrass research. The OTRF is pleased to announce Credit Valley Golf & Country Club Board of Directors unanimous vote to donate special event revenue to the OTRF and have set the bar for other clubs to jointhem. A special thank you is extended to Credit Valley’s Superintendent, Jason Hanna for securing his club’s contribution and creating the model for other clubs to follow.

Recognition of our Association Partners

A special thank you to the following associations for their dedicated financial support on behalf of their members:
Ontario Golf Superintendents’ Association
Golf Ontario
Ottawa Valley Turfgrass Association
Western Turfgrass Canada Association
Nursery Sod Growers of Ontario
Sports Turf Canada

Sports Turf Canada Donation

OTRF’s mission of achieving sustainable parks and sports fields through investment in turf grass research is shared by Sports Turf Canada’s donation on behalf of their members. Despite a
rainy day, STC members and invited guests enjoyed a behind the scenes tour of BMO Fields. On a cold winter day, the bluegrass and ryegrass field was in perfect shape with the help of supersized grow lights and 40 kms of underground radiant heating pipes.

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The Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundationis a volunteer board of professionals of the turfgrass industry dedicated to the future of turf research. Their objectives are to support the scientific research of turf culture for the advancement of the turfgrass industry.

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