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May 2016 Newletter

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$100,000 OTRF 2016 Investment in Research

If you are reading this newsletter, you have a vested interest in the turfgrass industry. The OTRF firmly believes that the future of the industry we are all working in, starts with solid turfgrass research. Our livelihoods depend on it. The OTRF Board of Directors is a dedicated group of individuals who are committed to this belief and work tirelessly on raising money for turfgrass research. They are pleased to announce the 2016 distribution of $100,000 grants awarded to worthy turfgrass research projects with promising results that will benefit our industry. Detailed descriptions of these important projects with outcomes of significant value to homeowners, golf superintendents and sports turf managers alike are available on our website OTRF Research.
* Fungicide alternatives management of microdochium patch and anthracnose -Dr. Alec Kowalewski , Oregon State University
* Effects of ethylene inhibition on creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass survival of ice cover stress – Dr. Emily Merewitz/ Dr. Kevin Frank, Michigan State University
* Turf disease and stress resistance defense activators- Dr. Tom Hsiang/ Dr. P.Goodwin,University of Guelph
*Guideline for sustainable turfgrass using low-input cultivars and low-risk management practices- Dr. Michael Brownbridge- Vineland Research Center
* Evaluation of compost topdressing and compost tea applications on sports field turfgrass swards- Katie Dodson, Olds College

Our Association Partners

The OTRF is proud to be part of these exciting initiatives in turfgrass research and appreciates the contributions made through industry member associations. Without their foresight of the importance of turgrass research to their members, the OTRF would not be in a financial position to provide the level of funding needed to keep up with advances in our industry research. A special thank you to the following associations for their dedicated 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
Landscape Ontario
National Golf Course Owners of Canada

Become an OTRF Member

Membership is offered to everyone interested in the enhancement and enjoyment of turfgrass with benefits that include: *Involvement in a network of turfgrass professionals
*Notification to upcoming events –
*Satisfaction of ‘doing your part’ to keep turfgrass sustainable for future generations
*Access to the latest turf research and news
Contact the office to pledge your membership and receive an invitation to our AGM, BBQ and Golf Day – June 15th

Join us to play at Mississaugua G &CC in the OTRF Fundraising Golf Tournament Monday Aug. 15, 2016 If you have never played or sponsored before, now is your chance to join us for the ‘best industry golf tournament of the season’

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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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