October 10th & 11th - Long Beach Convention Center

Turf Tract

Our seminars are all taught by leading UC professors. In just one day you can get everything from in depth information on Nematodes to how much water your turf needs.

Thursday, October 11th: 8:00 - 9:30 AM

How Much Water Does Your Turf Need?
by Marco Schiavon, Ph.D.

Irrigation requirements for turfgrass are most of the time miscalculated. Incorrect irrigation practices lead to overabundant water applied to turf, setting ground for turf removal campaigns in the desert Southwest. As water resources inevitably decline due to population growth and resultant irrigation requirements, water use must necessarily be reduced, especially during drought. The primary objective of the seminar is to help quantify the amount of water required to keep turfgrass green and functional in California. The seminar will review the benefits of having natural turf vs. artificial or no turf, and will include the last results from studies that calculated irrigation requirements on different turf species and cultivars conducted at the University of California, Riverside. Secondarily the study will focus on strategies to reduce potable water consumption to irrigate turf areas, and to identify the right species to be grown in Southern California. For instance, warm-season turf species are known to be more water use efficient and drought tolerant than cool-season turfgrasses; nevertheless, tall fescue remains the predominant species used in California lawns.

"The seminars were all great. Presentations ranged from highly professional to accessible for those who want to gain general knowledge."

Thursday, October 11th: 1:00 - 2:30 PM

Plant-Parasitic Nematodes in Turf
by Ole Becker

Plant-parasitic nematodes are tiny roundworms that live in soil or plant tissues. They feed on living plant cells and cause plant diseases that are often difficult to identify. Nematode-caused disease symptoms often resemble other biotic or abiotic problems such as fungal root diseases, insect damage, nutritional deficiencies or irrigation issues. This presentation will discuss the most common nematode problems in California turf, the methods used to detect and quantify the pests as well as their natural enemies and disease control strategies.

Wednesday, October 10th: 3:00 - 4:00 PM

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by Jim Baird

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