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66th Annual Oklahoma Turf Conference Slated for Nov. 15-16

Tue, 01 Nov 2011 15:37:46 CDT

66th Annual Oklahoma Turf Conference Slated for Nov. 15-16 The Oklahoma Turfgrass Research Foundation, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and Oklahoma State University are working together to host the 66th Annual Oklahoma Turf Conference and Trade Show.

Slated Nov. 15-16, the two-day event will take place at the Wes Watkins Center on the OSU campus in Stillwater.

Justin Moss, Extension specialist and assistant professor in OSU's department of horticulture and landscape architecture, said the conference is geared toward three groups of people in the turf industry: golf course managers, community and professional lawn and landscape companies and athletic field managers or coaches with turf responsibilities.

"Our overall goal is to provide continuing education for turfgrass professionals in Oklahoma," he said.

Full online registration is $160 and includes all conference activities, educational sessions, trade show pass, lunch both days and OTRF membership. Mail-in registration is $180 and on-site registration is $200. Mail-in registration should be postmarked by Nov. 7 to ensure it arrives in time to receive the reduced rate. Students may register at no cost, but lunch will not be provided.

The first day of the conference will feature specialized sessions geared specifically toward the three groups of professionals attending the conference. One of the keynote speakers will be Robert Randquist, president of the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. He will provide an overview of where the golf industry is and where golf course managers fit into that. Dennis Martin, OSU professor and Extension turfgrass specialist, will talk about new cold-hardy Bermudagrass options for Oklahoma.

Steve Dobbs, OSU's grounds and landscape manager, will provide an inside look at the new grounds maintenance approach at the university. Bud White, Mid-Continent agronomist, will give an update on the problems he saw this year, especially with the drought issues. Jeff Salmond, director of athletic field management at the University of Oklahoma, will provide month-by-month management tips for play and aesthetics.

The second day of the conference will bring all three groups together to learn more about pesticide applicator issues. A number of other Extension, university and industry specialists also will be on hand both days of the conference to provide the group with the latest research-based information regarding turfgrass management. Participants also will be able to earn CEUs.

"There will be a variety of companies that will have displays set up at the trade show to showcase the latest products available that relate to turfgrass management," Moss said. "Overall this workshop will provide those in the industry with a lot of information that they can utilize in their professions."

For more information about the conference, click here to visit the OTRF website.



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