Field Trip Scheduled
Tour of the Turf Field Lab on Agronomy Road almost directly across the street from the Physical Plant (See Map) has not been scheduled yet. Watch this page for postings.
The Turf Lab consists of about 20 acres, with over two acres of sand modified root zone, including an experimental putting green of over ½ acre built to United States Golf Association specifications. Included within the green is an area that can be differentially irrigated and from which leachate can be collected. Fertility, vertical mowing, and sand topdressing regimes and their effect on turf quality, thatch production, and shoot density are being tested on ultradwarf bermudagrasses such as Mini-Verde, Champion, Floradwarf, and Tifeagle, as well as Tifdwarf bermudagrass. The effect of low mowing height is being studied on 15 genotypes of bermudagrass and one zoysiagrass. Another portion of the green is being used for a fungal pathogen experiment on bermudagrass.
Several bermudagrasses and zoysiagrasses have been established on a 50,000 square foot area with a sand modified rootzone, representing a sports field. Several mowing height and fertility treatments have been initialized on this area, along with strips that have been overseeded with perennial or annual ryegrass. Various soccer camps and practices will be held on the field to provide wear through foot traffic.
Cultivars of St. Augustinegrass, bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, and buffalograss on native soil are currently being evaluated. Larger areas of Palisades and Cavalier zoysiagrass, centipedegrass, Tifway and Arizona common bermudagrass, and Texas common and Raleigh St. Augustinegrass are maintained for pesticide, growth regulator, fertilizer, or cultivation studies as needed. A specially constructed berm with collection troughs is being used for runoff studies. A greenhouse, two growth chambers, and a light table are also used to maintain plant stocks and to conduct experiments.
Virtually Tour Kyle Field
with Richard Duble and Craig Potts