My name is Amanda Folck. I recently graduated from Clark State Community College in May 2015 with a Associate of Science Degree in Transfer Science and currently a Senior at The Ohio State University in Turfgrass Science. My background of work includes working at Folck Family Farm in
Mechanicsburg, Ohio with my family for about 10 years from taking care of the strawberries and the grounds of the farm to showing our award-winning show pigs. I have Continue reading
Today we measured green speed, surface firmness, hardness and soil moisture (at 3 inch depth) on two putting greens (both USGA sand) and at a sports turf area. The Clegg Impact Hammer (Clegg) tested hardness (Gmax) of the turf. Firmness was tested with the FieldScout TruFirm and the Firmness Meter (picture, left). Soil moisture was tested by the TDR 300 Soil Moisture Meter. Continue reading
Golf has increasingly moved toward firmer surfaces primarily for putting greens but also fairways. Increasing firmness makes golf more difficult for the better players. Firm greens for example tend to be fast, are not as receptive to golf shots (less holding characteristics). Firmness increases with a decrease in soil moisture. Related to that, organic matter or thatch can reduce firmness (make greens softer) so managing or removing organic matter is important. Measuring firmness is seen with the demonstration in the video below by Karl Danneberger: Continue reading
On May 2016, students can have the opportunity to study abroad to England. This 2-week trip focus on the many beautiful and historic gardens and landscapes that are provided in England from Bodnant Gardens and Conwy Castle to Hampton Court. We would also be touring iconic stadiums home to some of the big Premier League Soccer Clubs from Manchester United FC to Arsenal FC. Other sports venues includes Wimbledon Tennis Club to Royal Liverpool Golf Course to name the few places that will be visited in the trip. While exploring the many different gardens, we will also be visiting landmarks from the coastline of England to the city of London. This is a great opportunity to learn the artistic inspiration England’s gardens, golf courses, and sports pitches. We would also learn on how the landscapes that we would visit reflect history at the time and also explore the different management practices that are provided in those places.
3 credit hours are earned for this study abroad in Horticultural and Crop Science 5797.01. Want to learn more about the trip? There will be two information sessions about the study abroad on Tuesday October 6, 2015 and Wednesday October 28, 2015 both from 6 to 7 pm at Howlett Hall in Room 116. The price for this trip is to be determined. Click here for more information about the trip.
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