Its been a bit rough so far

This year has not been the kindest to turfgrass. Winter dragged on and on and on and then the blast furnace was turned on. As I type soil temperatures are above 80°F which means during the daytime it is a real bunch of fun for turfgrass roots. Venting and pencil tines will help but a cool down would do even more! To that end rain is on the way for northern Ohio – hopefully this will bring some respite and not boiling of canopies! Further to this reports are emerging of armyworm damage east of us and that is not a great sign as the damage can be prolific – be aware!

To help you look forward to the end of the dog days of summer I am letting you know the golf outing in aid of the scholarship fund at OSU ATI is coming up on September 20th and you can expect to see registration available within the next week. We look forward to your support once again and cannot wait to see you all there!

Its been hectic!

As we hurtle ever more rapidly to the end of the semester it has been noticeable that our efforts on updating you all have become limited!

Mnay things have occurred over the last 2-3 months that you may or may not want to know about and the aim is to keep this short and sweet while giving you insight you may want

Turf club had an excellent trip to GIS in San Antonio – 12 students went down in total while 2 of our students attended STMA for the first time.

Dr Raudenbush has had success with a grant application for further work with moss – and our newly purchased microscope will help with that. Further projects are being initiated currently and updates on those will be brought out in the next couple of months..

Snow Mold field day was a success – attendees received trial result data as well as information on sprayers and herbicide options for 2018. Students also attended and we are very grateful to both NOGCSA and Sand Ridge GC for all the help they provided in setting up the event.

Our weather station is now in place on the west side of Cleveland and is reporting on soil moisture and temp at 2″ depth under short cut turf, radiation, wind speed, salt concentrations among other things – we will be using the data to begin creating our bi-weekly scouting report. Along with that we are looking to begin a monday morning call in qb session to help discuss weekend issues and look at what might occur in the coming week – keep an eye out for more info coming on that too!

Our weather station is now in place on the west side of Cleveland

Finally our Turfgrass Equipment Manager certificate has had final approval for changes in classes and name and will be available for enrollment in fall of 2018. The schedule can be seen below and we believe this a real need for the industry nationally that we are serving. If you are interested in more information get in contact with either Dr Nangle or Dr Raudenbush at

Thanks and go bucks

Snow Mold Field day – date is set!

For those of you who were waiting with bated breadth (I know – nobody was) – the date has been set for the second annual OSU ATI Snowmold research field day – Thursday April 5th!

The site is once again Sand Ridge CC with the event being hosted in the clubhouse this time. Registration / Coffee & Donuts will open at 8am with the first talk and plot tour beginning at 9am – bring boots!

Dr Gardner and Dr Raudenbush are also involved with herbicide and sprayer insights to round out the day which will then be followed by lunch. ODA and GCSAA credits will be available.

Interested? Register here!$clsc&EventID=96

Trial plots November 2017

Trial plots March 19 2018 – they are there somewhere!



The countdown begins

Not to summer! The 2nd annual Snow mold field day is coming up – snow cover is still on all sites and so a decision on location and time has not been made yet – however – keep your eyes peeled both on the twitter and Facebook feeds – as soon as we know – you will know!


As we head towards the end of winter and we get past the annual meetings in San Antonio, the inevitable sentiment of cabin fever begins as everyone wants the snow to melt (maybe not immediately – but soon) and temperatures to warm up. So far winter has had harsh moments and I suspect some poa may suffer from the extreme swings we have seen at times along with wet surfaces that may have occurred prior to the occurrence of cold temperatures.Temperatures and moisture have combined in a favorable manner for the development of snowmold pressure and I would expect to see certainly an impact on roughs. Untreated higher value areas also should expect problems as long as temperatures and moisture prevail. Recovery will require warmth of course and any options available to aid with that should be considered.


Twelve students made the trip to San Antonio and all enjoyed the trip with tours of the USGA, Toro, Jacobsen booths being some of the highlights as well as competing (first time for all students this year) in the annual turf bowl. The contest was won by Auburn and the ATI students represented the program excellently. Finally many of the students were able to network and interact with industry peers and as the start out on their own professional track this is certainly one of the events that they will aim to attend on an annual basis. The turf program would like to sincerely thank all of those who contributed to the fundraising effort this year to help cover costs – you certainly made a difference and are greatly appreciated.

The Ohio State ATI booth at GIS 2018 and the turf students attending the first of their tours at the USGA booth


Its GIS time and we are well and truly back in the swing of things.

On the student education front we have been very busy with 5 new students starting in January and further to that as students are getting ready to make the trip – they need your help! In an attempt to help with the cost of traveling to compete in the national conference and turfgrass competition the club has setup a donation page – if you can support them – have a look!

Further to that the program has been busy – Dr Raudenbush has been in Indianapolis and Dayton speaking while Dr. Nangle was up at the Michigan State turfgrass conference. January started of cool but certainly has warmed up with snow cover pretty much gone. Disease pressure has been limited so far but we may have some problems in the near future based on long term forecast. Temperatures are being talked about in the realm of the ‘polar vortex’ during February – meaning a return to extreme cold and possibly putting Poa annua in a difficult situation. At this stage with now snow available to act as an insulator we may be just watching the problems occur but if snow does fall – use it as much as possible!

For all of the NE Ohio Superintendents traveling to Texas – safe travels! For all of the alumni around the country – visit the booth we will be there and look forward to catching up with you all.