After a hiatus due to COVID19 and changes on the staffing front we are still hanging in there. Currently the program is in the process of looking for a replacement for Dr. Raudenbush and we continue to see student numbers grow – although we can take more if needed! The summer has been a bit of a slow start so far with cooler temperatures and dry weather making for a relatively easy start so far. That should change soon however as we get into the heat of the summer. Further to that we are looking into possible sites for this years golf outing scholarship fundraiser and will have more updates soon! If there are any questions dont hesitate to reach out – firstname.lastname@example.org
For those of you who have been missing out on the blog dearly – here it is!
To say it has been busy would be an understatement, this spring we sent students to five states and three countries for their internships. Trials are located all across NE Ohio with a range of pests in focus. Further to that we have been busy working away with our EM certificate and our first students have embarked on their internships this summer from that program also. Field days for OLCA and OTF are coming up in Columbus and unbelievably school starts back in less than a month – just crazy.
On another note pencil in September 9th for our annual golf outing which we are hosting at Shay Hollow GC in Canton with ATI Graduate Chuck Hayes being the course superintendent. Finally keep an eye out for our weekly turfgrass team times – up to date information on issues surrounding turf management in Ohio through the summer from the OSU turf team. The last link is below for reference – we post these on the OTF website and also on our social media pages.
We have indeed been very quiet this past few months as time has flown by. As an update we would like to cover some of the research progress as well as industry work we have been involved in. Further to that we would like to extend congratulations to Dr. Raudenbush for his successful grant application from the USGA to continue his moss studies while Dr. Nangle and Dr. Gardner were awarded the Chuck Darrah research grant from OTF and OTRT in the Fall. Snow mold trials are in the ground along with our low input lawn trial located across the road from campus and thankfully winter turned up this weekend with a bang with many areas seeing 10-15″ of snow in the NE Ohio area.
In regards to this – check on ice formation – and hopefully we dont lose too much snow cover too rapidly – the current range of temperatures forecast could potentially cause issues for exposed Poa annua surfaces as they were not completely dormant prior to the snow event.
The golf outing in September was a huge success once again with over $13,000 raised for students who are in need. This event continues to grow from strength to strength and we would like to thank our supporters with Intelligro, Olliger Seed, Turfware, Don Bogner and D. Benfield in particular being very supportive. Dr’s Boone and Benfield were able to come out and attend the event which was rounded off by an excellent dinner at the clubhouse which was catered by the Buehlers Food Truck – the brisket went down a treat!
Dr Raudenbush has been around the region already with presentations in Ohio and Pennsylvania clocked up in the past few months while Dr Nangle has spoken in Ireland, Ohio and Colombia on his recent travels. Last week both Dr Raudenbush and Nangle spoke at the beautiful Beechmont CC in Cleveland for the Northern Ohio GCSA who are rapidly approaching a big milestone with their centennial coming soon.
Further on from that the Ohio Turfgrass Conference and Show was a success with a sense of optimism at the show that we had not seen for some time. Students from ATI won multiple scholarships while coming a very close second to main campus in the annual turf bowl competition. We are currently sending 7 students to STMA in Phoenix as the interest in sportsturf continues to grow and 12 other students plan to attend GIS in San Diego in early February. Finally our new reel grinding class has begun with 6 students and instructor Mr Gary Bogdanksi who has come in to educate the students with his 30 yrs of experience – it has been an excellent class and the students are delighted with their experience.
If you are planning to attend GIS – look for the booth – we will be there once again!
Many of you may or may not know that one of the outstanding components of ATI within the OSU system is the very high numbers of students who attend and graduate from a third level institution for the first time from their family. Many of us take it for granted that college should occur but in many situations people have to decide on following a dream or sustaining themselves and family. Students in that situation do apply to ATI and the scholarships that we can give out to help offset the costs are ultimately life changing. The network of alumni that help out our students via internships and career starts are critical but in the same way our ability to support students entering school for the first time from many of their families means that they can take that first step.
We appreciate the support that many of you provide – it all makes a difference and we hope you will continue with us as we try to excite and enthuse more students into the turfgrass industry. If you think its something you could support click on the link below and pick an option. We thank you sincerely for all you can do.
Despite the return of cooler temperatures, the impact of summer has not gone away and in fact if the rain continues as forecast by the end of this week (7-27-18) we will possibly be in a saturated rootzone situation and that will be even more problematic – anyone for Augsut 15th and possibly getting some venting done?
Untreated areas did suffer from pythium damage (Picture 1) and despite the cool down, dollar spot Clarireedia jacksonii sp. nov. immediately appeared on turf and with moisture and temperatures ideal for the next week the pressure will be intense – if your window is a little off there could be issues.
Coming up there are a range of learning and networking events for the industry around the state. The annual OTF research and technology field day is closing in on us on August 7 in Columbus and it will be an excellent event with the latest and greatest research and technology on view – you can register here. https://www.ohioturfgrass.org/event-2883367
The very next day August 8th NOGCSA has their annual vendors day and so if you don’t get the opportunity to make it to Columbus there will be plots and technology in Avon also – registration can be found here http://www.nogcsa.com/Vendor-Day—NON-MEMBER-FACILITY-9.html?ModKey=mk$clsc&LayoutID=&EventID=104&evtid=104&cdocid=9&lastCalM=
Finally on August 9th for those of you focused on the landscape industry OLCA has the second of their annual field days in Columbus – this will have an excellent lineup of speakers with topics from mosquito control to lawn establishment work being part of the learning experience. You can register here https://www.ohiolca.org/event/2018OutdoorSummerSeminar
Finally the annual OSU ATI turfgrass scholarship golf outing is slated for September 20th at Hawks Nest GC in Creston OH. In what is a critical event for the scholarship fund a great event is planned and we hope you can get involved! Registration for that event can be found here http://www.cvent.com/d/ggqf4b
Finally – if you need any help please don’t hesitate to contact us!