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    • 20 Jun 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
    • Coyote Preserve Golf Club

    Registration 8:00 am
    Shotgun 9:00 am

    The Gordon LaFontaine Endowment for Turfgrass Research was created to establish a solid source of funding for basic research in the field of turfgrass science. Donations to the LaFontaine Endowment create a legacy to fund research long-term, as these donations work in perpetuity to generate interest for fundamental research projects to help solve tomorrow’s problems today. The LaFontaine Golf Outing is an annual event held to generate income for the LaFontaine Endowment.

    *Payment may be made online with registration or during check in at the golf outing.  Choose "Invoice Me" option and a printable invoice will be emailed to you.

    • 14 Aug 2019
    • 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM
    • Hancock Turfgrass Research Center

    2019 Turfgrass Field Day


    7:30 AM Registration Opens 

    8:45 AM Opening Comments

    9:00 AM Morning research tours begin

    12:00 PM Catered lunch by Gravity Smokehouse and BBQ (pulled pork & chicken, cornbread, slaw, and beans)

    1:00 PM Afternoon workshops/field tours begin

    3:00 PM Afternoon workshops/field tours conclude

    5 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available*.

    * Credit approval is not yet final but in past years we have received 3 credits for 3A, 6, or Comm. Core for the morning tour and 2 credits for 3A, 6, or Comm. Core for the afternoon tours. 

    Morning Research Tours 

    There are separate tours for Golf and Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Fields. Each tour will have 6 stops of 30 minutes in length.

    Golf Research Tour (3 MDARD pest. recert credits*; anticipate .30 GCSAA Education pts)

    Topics/Stops include:

    Managing diseases on golf courses

    Annual bluegrass control on fairways 

    Rolling fairways and rolling during establishment

    Putting green renovation practices including Basamid and fraze mowing

    Update on Japanese beetle and other turf pests

    Winterkill research update

    Lawn Care/Grounds/Athletic Field Tour (3 MDARD pest. recert credits*)

    Topics/Stops include:

    Disease management

    Preemergence herbicides  for weed control

    Update on Japanese beetle and other turf pests

    Annual bluegrass control in athletic fields and lawns

    Herbicide timing and tactics for enhancing broadleaf weed control

    Species and cultivar evaluations

    Afternoon Workshops/Tours

    1. Weed Walk (2 MDARD pest. recert credits*; anticipate .20 GCSAA Education pts) limited to 60 registrants

    As the weed walk enters it’s 19th year, the summer of 20189 has produced another bumper crop of weeds infesting turf.  Dr. Thom Nikolai will lead the tour of the turf center and teach identification characteristics of the common turf weeds and the best control practices.  Tour will include discussion of best management practices both with and without herbicides to ensure high turfgrass quality and most importantly customer satisfaction. 

    2. Disease Walk (primarily golf turf diseases) (2 MDARD pest. recert credits*; anticipate .20 GCSAA Education pts) limited to 60 registrants

    The turf pathology research team will lead this diagnostic tour for pathogens.   If you have difficulty distinguishing between Laetisaria fuciformis and Limnomyces roseipellis on your golf course you definitely need to attend this workshop.  Participants will learn:

    • 1)    How to identify the common turfgrass diseases using both in-field techniques and microscopes
    • 2)    Management options for common diseases including: dollar spot, brown patch, crown-rotting anthracnose, red thread, and pythium blight and root-rot.
    • 3)    How to recognize the symptoms of summer decline of both bentgrass and Poa annua

    3.Ride-On Sprayer/Spreader Calibration (2 MDARD pest. recert credits*; anticipate .20 GCSAA Education pts) 

    From simply understanding the output of your ride-on spreader/sprayer to some ideas to get more value from them make this workshop great opportunity for all levels of applicator experience. Today’s products have lower application rates and enhanced formulations. Which nozzles and deposition patterns will perform better with them? Are you guessing, or knowing your rotary spreader's overlap? Remember: Michigan Standards for pesticide use require “pesticide application equipment shall be properly calibrated”. All great reasons to stay for this workshop!

    4. Spartan Stadium Athletic Field Tour (2 MDARD pest. recert credits*)

    Spartan Stadium, one of just four collegiate football fields in the country to win Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) Field of the Year honors twice, will be getting a new playing surface for the 2019 season. This field tour of Spartan Stadium will discuss the conversion process from removing all the modules, installing drainage, replacing the rootzone, installing sod, and management practices over the summer to prepare the field for the first game in August.

    • 07 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 AM
    • 09 Jan 2020
    • 8:00 PM
    • Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

    2020 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Sponsorship Opportunities

    Michigan Turfgrass Conference - January 7-9, 2020
    Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
    Exhibit Function:  January 7, 2019 / 4:00 - 6:30pm

    • 07 Jan 2020
    • 9:00 AM
    • 09 Jan 2020
    • 4:00 PM
    • MSU Kellogg Center

    Credit Information:

    MDARD Pesticide Recertification Credits

    Tuesday, Jan. 22: 4 credits (3A, 3B, 6, Comm. Core)

    Wednesday, Jan. 23: 7 credits (3A, 3B, 6, Comm. Core)

    Thursday, Jan. 24: 6 credits (3A, 3B, 6, Comm. Core)

    GCSAA  Education Pts.

    Tuesday, Jan. 22: 0.60 pts.

    Wednesday, Jan. 23: 0.60 pts.

    Thursday, Jan. 24: 0.65 pts. 

    Education Program

    Tuesday, Jan 22     

    Golf (Big Ten A)

    9:00 AM          Creating and Leading a High Octane, High Productivity, "On a Mission from God" High Performance Team - Greg Patterson, Founder and President, Tribal Magic                                          

    10:45 AM       Turfgrass Pathology Research Update - Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr.

    11:30 AM       Putting Green Management Research Update - Dr. Trey Rogers                                         

    12:00 Lunch                                                 

    1:30 PM         The Big Time-Long Time Staff Happy Toolbox - Gregg Patterson, Founder and President, Tribal Magic

    2:30 PM         Implementing the Smith-Kerns Dollar Spot Model at your facility - Dr. Paul Koch, Univ. Wisconsin      

    3:30 PM         Michigan Pesticide Regulatory Update - Molly Mott, Pesticide Enforcement Specialist, MDARD                                   

    Lawns, Athletic Fields, and Grounds (Lincoln)            

    10:45 AM       Weed Control Update - Aaron Hathaway, Msu

    1:30 PM         What We've Learned from Stadium Turf Establishment Projects - Dr. Trey Rogers, MSU           

    2:30 PM      2018 Year in Review and Tips for Improving Turf in 2019 - Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU                                                   

    3:30 PM         Turf Insects in Michigan Lawns - David Smitley, MSU

    4:30 PM         Annual Meetings MiGCSA, MTF, MiSTMA 

    Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turf Research Center)

    8:00 AM Registration

    8:30-10:30 AM Schaffer oil and lubricants, grease and fuel additives

    10:45 AM Jacobsen 

    12:00  Lunch

    1:00 PM   John Deere JW Turf - Bill Stone  

    3:00 PM Adjourn                                    

    Wednesday, Jan. 23 

    Golf (Big Ten A morning; Auditorium afternoon)                             

    8:00 AM          Grad Student Research Presentations - Ryan Bearss, Thomas Green, Anna Stouffer-Hopkins, and Mick Piombino

    9:00 AM          Turfgrass Nutrition, Nutrient Fate, and Cultivar Evaluation Research Update - Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU

    9:30 AM          Physiology Research Update - Dr. Emily Merewitz, MSU

    10:00 AM       Snow Mold Control: What works and why the heck didn't it work at my place - Dr. Paul Koch, Univ. Wisconsin

    11:00 AM Lunch

    12:30 PM       Golf as Natural Capital - Dr. Brian Horgan, Univ. Minnesota

    1:30 PM         The Story of Erin Hills - Mike Hurdzan, Hurdzan Golf

    2:30 PM         Growing Turf in Low Light, Shaded Environments - Dr. Aaron Patton 

    3:30 PM Scholarship Awards

    4:00 PM Vendor Half-Time Show

    Lawns, Athletic Fields, and Grounds (Lincoln)

    8:00 AM          CSI Turfgrass: Identification and management of the most common lawn/sports diseases, insects, and abiotic problems - Dr. Paul Koch, Univ. Wisconsin    

    9:00 AM          Sustainable Turfgrass Systems - Dr. Brian Horgan, Univ. Minnesota         


    10:00 AM       MSU Weed Diagnostics - Erin Hill, MSU Diagnostic Services           


    11:00 Lunch

    12:30 PM       How you can make your herbicides work better - Dr. Aaron Patton, Purdue University    

    1:30 PM         Identifying Diseases in Lawns and Sports Turf - Nancy Dykema, MSU       


    2:30 PM         Biting Stinging Insects - Howard Russell, MSU Diagnostic Services          

    3:30 PM         Scholarship Awards (Auditorium)

    4:00 PM         Vendor Half-Time Show                             

    Asst. Golf Course Superintendents (103 AB)

    12:30 PM       Tall fescue: Niche grass or game changer? - Bob Vavrek, USGA

    1:30 PM         Transitioning from Asst. to Superintendent - Mike Montney, Western Golf and CC and Brian Hilfinger, Edgewood CC

    2:00 PM         South 9 renovation at Cascade Hills CC - Orville Davis, Cascade Hills CC

    2:30 PM         GCSAA Assistant Certification and EXCEL Leadership Programs - Steve Randall, GCSAA

    3:30 PM Adjourn                          

    Equipment Technicians Session (Hancock Turf Research Center)

    8:00 AM Registration

    8:30 AM Reel Science presented by Foley United

    10:45 AM EZGO Fuel Injection and Lithium Technology

    12:00  Lunch

    1:00 PM Toro, Spartan Distributors - John Garlets and Tom Burke

    3:00 PM Hydraulics

    4:00 PM Adjourn

    Thursday, Jan. 24 

    Golf (Big Ten C)     

    8:00 AM          Understanding PGR Application Timings - Aaron Hathaway, MSU

    8:30 AM          50th Anniversary of the O.J. Noer Turf Collection at MSU - Pete Cookingham, MSU Libraries

    9:00 AM          USGA Regional Update - Bob Vavrek, USGA

    10:00 AM       Golf and the Law - Mike Hurdzan, Hurdzan Golf

    11:00 AM       Golf Course Research Update - Dr. Thom Nikolai

    12:00 PM       Lunch

    1:30 PM         Railside Golf Club Master Plan Renovation - Jeff Smith, Railside Golf Club

    2:00 PM         Speaker TBD

    2:30 PM         Restoration at Inverness Club - Ryan Kaczor, Inverness Club

    3:00 PM         Benefits of Forward Tees on Golf Courses - Chris Wilczynski, CW Golf Architecture

    3:30 PM         The First Green and GCSAA Programs Update - John Fulling, Kalamazoo CC    

    4:30 PM Adjourn                        

    Lawns, Grounds, and Athletic Fields Joint Session (Big Ten B)

     8:00 AM          Calibrating Sprayers and Spreaders on New Ride On Sprayers/Spreaders - Dr. Aaron Patton, Purdue University

    Lawns and Grounds (104 AB)

    10:00 AM       Don't Let This Happen to You - Dr. Ben Hamza, TruGreen  

    11:00 AM       Abiotic Plant Problems and Solutions - Dr. Bob Schutzki, MSU

    12:00 PM       Lunch

    1:30 PM         Lawncare success and failures - Dr. Thom Nikolai, MSU

    2:30 PM         Trees and Turf: Can't We All Just Get Along - Dr. Berg Cregg, MSU

    3:30 PM         Ornamental and Landscape Disease Diagnostics - Dr. Jan Byrne, MSU

    4:30 PM Adjourn

    Athletic Fields (103 AB)

    10:00 AM       Soil Drainage and the Sand Cap-Build Up System - Dr. Jim Crum, MSU

    11:00 AM       Field of the Year Presentation - MiSTMA

    12:00 PM       Lunch

    1:30 PM         Diagnosing Athletic Field Problems - Dr. Ben Hamza, TruGreen

    2:30 PM         Turf Nutrition and Fertilizer Programs for Athletic Fields - Dr. Kevin Frank, MSU

    3:30 PM         Robotic painting techniques for athletic fields - Josh Dukes, Turf Tank Intelligent Marking    

    4:30 PM Adjourn                             

    • 08 Jan 2020
    • 4:00 PM - 6:30 PM
    • Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI

    2020 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Halftime Show

    Michigan Turfgrass Conference - January 7-9, 2020
    Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, East Lansing, MI
    Exhibit Function:  January 8, 2020 / 4:00 - 6:30pm

    This is a registration contract to exhibit at the Michigan Turfgrass Conference Halftime Show, being held at the Kellogg Hotel & Conference Center, Big Ten Rooms A, B, C.

    • A standard display booth 6' x 6' will be furnished with a 6' 25.5" table, skirting and 2 chairs.
    • Each initial booth space includes two (2) conference badges.
    • MTF offers its business partners various sponsorship opportunities for activities/ programs during the conference.  If interested in sponsorship, please indicate on registration form.
    • For exhibitor layout and available booths please click here.
    NOTE:  Full amount due upon completion of registration.
    • No booth refunds will be made after December 30, 2019.
    • A $100 fee will be charged if booth is cancelled after November 30, 2019.
    • Booth fee allows for up to two company representatives per booth.
    • Only one company per booth.

Past events

28 Apr 2019 2019 Tee Times 4 Turf Auction
25 Mar 2019 Tee Times 4 Turf Donation Signup
06 Feb 2019 MiGCSA Michigan Gathering
02 Feb 2019 Golf Industry Show
23 Jan 2019 2019 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Halftime Show
23 Jan 2019 Past Presidents Luncheon 2019
22 Jan 2019 Founders Society Reception 2019
22 Jan 2019 2019 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
22 Jan 2019 2019 Michigan Turfgrass Conference Sponsorship Opportunities
22 Jan 2019 MiGCSA Annual Meeting
11 Jan 2019 MiGCSA Curling Fundraiser for Ice Research
14 Dec 2018 MiGCSA Mid Holiday Party
07 Dec 2018 MiGCSA West Holiday Party
06 Dec 2018 MiGCSA Northern Holiday Party
30 Nov 2018 MiGCSA Detroit Holiday Party
08 Oct 2018 MiGCSA The Big Event
17 Sep 2018 MiGCSA Western Golf Day
07 Sep 2018 MiGCSA Assistant & Student Networking Golf Outing
29 Aug 2018 MIiGCSA State Championship
15 Aug 2018 2018 Michigan State Turfgrass Field Day
25 Jul 2018 MIiGCSA Tuck Tate Championship
24 Jul 2018 MIiGCSA Par 3 Shootout
12 Jul 2018 MIiGCSA Mid Golf Event
21 Jun 2018 2018 LaFontaine Golf Outing
07 Jun 2018 MIiGCSA Legislative Golf Day
04 Jun 2018 MIiGCSA Northern Fundraiser
03 Jun 2018 MIiGCSA Northern Fundraiser Practice Round
02 Jun 2018 Gordie LaFontaine Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Golf Outing & Induction Ceremony
14 May 2018 MIiGCSA/ Wee One Fundraiser
30 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA Can-Am Tournament
17 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Opener
01 Apr 2018 Tee Times 4 Turf Donation Signup
01 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA The Michigan House at the Masters
01 Apr 2018 MIiGCSA 2018 Match Play Championship Opens
29 Mar 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Management Meeting
15 Mar 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Management Meeting
01 Mar 2018 MIiGCSA Spring Management Meeting
04 Jan 2018 Past Presidents Luncheon 2018
03 Jan 2018 Founders Society Reception 2018
03 Jan 2018 2018 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
16 Aug 2017 2017 Michigan State Turfgrass Field Day
22 Jun 2017 2017 LaFontaine Golf Outing
03 Jun 2017 Michigan Golf Hall of Fame Induction
30 Apr 2017 2017 Tee Times 4 Turf Auction
04 Jan 2017 Two Year Turf 50th Anniversary Dinner
03 Jan 2017 Founders Society Turf Dignitary Reception
03 Jan 2017 2017 Michigan Turfgrass Conference
10 Aug 2016 MTF/MSU Turfgrass Field Day

Michigan Turfgrass Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. P.O. Box 27156, Lansing, MI 48909

The Michigan Turfgrass Foundation exists to promote safe, healthy turf surfaces for all Michigan residents.

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