A Turfgrass Ecology and Management Short Course will be held March 2-5, with an optional day of irrigation troubleshooting and performance testing March 6, at the Scotts-MiracleGro Turfgrass and Landscape Research Facility at Texas A&M University in College Station.
The four-day short course is designed for turf professionals and enthusiasts looking to expand their knowledge of turfgrass systems and best management practices, said Becky Grubbs, Ph.D., Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service turfgrass specialist, College Station.
Registration cost is $595 by Feb. 14 and $645 after. The fee for all five days is $760 by Feb. 14 and $810 thereafter. To learn more about the course and register, go to https://aggieturf.tamu.edu/events/.
A light breakfast will be included each morning, and lunch will be provided daily. Additional snacks and beverages will be available throughout the day. Participants are responsible for their own dinners.
“This course moves linearly from site preparation and appropriate species selection to establishment, cultural practices and pest management,” Grubbs said. “Attendees will have the opportunity to learn from a wide range of experts with unique problem-solving perspectives. Our objective is to empower turfgrass managers to make confident, well-informed decisions through a combination of applied and theoretical knowledge.”
Participants will spend time both in the classroom and engaged in group and hands-on activities. The curriculum for this program has been submitted for approval by the Texas Department of Agriculture and total continuing education units will be determined. All participants will receive a certificate upon completing the first four days of this course.
The optional eight-hour Irrigation Troubleshooting and Performance Testing short course is being led by Guy Fipps, Ph.D., and Charles Swanson from the Texas A&M School of Irrigation includes classroom instructions, laboratory exercise and demonstrations, and hands-on experience in the field by troubleshooting and performance testing an actual irrigation system.
Short course attendees will also have the opportunity to take the Certified Professional Turf Manager exam through the Texas Turfgrass Association for an additional $75.