KSU TURF BLOG HAS MOVED!!! (https://blogs.k-state.edu/turf/)

We are happy to introduce the new KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension Blog!


For the time being all new blog posts will be at the new site but if you need to get some information all the old blogs will stay right were they are. Eventually, we will have the old posts moved over . . . → Read More: KSU TURF BLOG HAS MOVED!!! (https://blogs.k-state.edu/turf/)

Black cutworms

(By Zane Raudenbush and Dr. Raymond Cloyd)

Several pests have visited the research greens at Rocky Ford Turfgrass Research Center in Manhattan, KS this summer. Dollar spot and brown patch have been the most common pests (much to Dr. Kennelly’s approval); however, last week the black cutworm made an appearance.

Black cutworm (Agrotis ipsilon) is . . . → Read More: Black cutworms

Data Management Tools for Your Smart Phones, Tablets, and Computers

(by Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension & Jay McCurdy, MSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

Sometimes I wonder if we are turfgrass managers or record keepers. EPA requires that we keep detailed records of all pesticide applications but what about other management practices we conduct on our yard, golf course, roadside, sod farm, commercial . . . → Read More: Data Management Tools for Your Smart Phones, Tablets, and Computers

All about trees, from cradle to grave

(Megan Kennelly, KSU Plant Pathology)


Here is a new guide from Nebraska that describes the different uses of trees along with pointers on how to select, plant, and maintain trees:




And, KSU and the Kansas Forest Service have developed a wealth of information on these topics as well.


1) These . . . → Read More: All about trees, from cradle to grave

Synthetic Auxin Herbicide Drift

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension and Research; Ward Upham, KSU Extension)

A number of herbicides used on farms, home lawns, sports fields, golf courses and utility turfgrass areas mimic auxin, a plant growth hormone. These herbicides are called synthetic auxins and include 2,4-D and dicamba. These products may become a gas (volatilize) at high . . . → Read More: Synthetic Auxin Herbicide Drift

It just depends…

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

I have been in Kansas just about a year now and have learned many new things about growing turfgrass.

A couple things I have learned;

It is always windy! If you don’t like the weather… wait 20 minutes and it will change. People are awesome! And… It . . . → Read More: It just depends…

Don’t Forget to Sign-up for KSU Turfgrass Field Day

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

The 2014 KSU Turfgrass Field Day is just right around the corner. We have a great line-up this year. Graduate students, faculty, and staff will be presenting about all sorts of topics including weed control options, bermudagrass removal, moss control, Kentucky bluegrass cultivars, disease management, turf colorants, . . . → Read More: Don’t Forget to Sign-up for KSU Turfgrass Field Day

National pollinator week

(Sharon Dobesh, KSU Entomology)


National Pollinator Week is June 16-22, 2014. This program is managed by the Pollinator Partnership. The first National Pollinator Week was held in 2007 after approval by the U.S. Senate, and it has grown to be an international celebration of all pollinators. The week is designed to encourage the public . . . → Read More: National pollinator week

Pruning trees after storm damage

(Ward Upham)

Summer storms may cause serious tree damage. Often you will have to decide whether a tree can be saved or not. Here is a checklist on care of a storm-damaged landscape.


1. Be safe: Check for downed power lines or hanging branches. Don’t venture under the tree until it is safe. If . . . → Read More: Pruning trees after storm damage

Foxtail or Little Barley

(by Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Research and Extension)

Many people mistake little barley (Hordeum pusillum) for a little foxtail because the foxtail and little barley seedheads are similar. However, little barley is a winter annual that thrives in the cooler spring temperatures but dies out in the summer. Foxtail, on the other hand, is a . . . → Read More: Foxtail or Little Barley

Planning for White Grub Control

( by Cole Thompson, KSU Horticulture, and Raymond A. Cloyd, KSU Entomology)


In Kansas, the larvae of May and Southern masked chafer beetles are often collectively referred to as “white grubs.” While both feed on roots in the larval stages, it is important to remember that morphology, geographic distribution, turfgrass tolerance, and control strategies . . . → Read More: Planning for White Grub Control

Yellow Nutsedge in Homelawns

(By Ward Upham and Jared Hoyle, KSU Extension)

Yellow nutsedge is a relatively common problem in lawns, especially in wet years or in lawns with irrigation. Although it looks much like a grass, it is a sedge. Unlike grasses, sedges have triangular stems, and the leaves are three-ranked instead of two-ranked, which means the leaves . . . → Read More: Yellow Nutsedge in Homelawns

Poetry and Weeds

(By Jared Hoyle, KSU Turfgrass Extension Specialist)

A long time ago in one of my freshman classes in college, the professor turned to the class and said;

“Welcome to (Insert any freshman college class here). We are here to learn. We are not here to joke around and we are certainly not here to . . . → Read More: Poetry and Weeds

Iris soft rot

(Judy O’Mara, KSU Plant Pathology) . . May weather has been shifting around a bit. The recent move from cool to hot has made iris soft rot a bit more visible. Affected plants suddenly collapse. If you look at the iris plants closely, you will notice that infected leaves initially appear water soaked. This is . . . → Read More: Iris soft rot