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The MU Turf Research Center is an inter-disciplinary effort aimed at initiating investigations, conducting research and disseminating information related to turfgrass and ornamental horticulture. In so doing, the Center strives to further the knowledge and understanding of turf management in Missouri. The Center seeks to provide MU students with the opportunity for meaning, experiential learning and Missouri's turf industry with technical support and solutions to current problems.
- To further the knowledge of turf management.
- To provide answers to current turf management problems through research and related activities.
- To keep turf professionals informed through outreach and extension activities.
- To produce students who have a competitive advantage in the job market because of their enhanced understanding of turf management.
Our extension philosophy is to give Missouri the tools to better manage their turfgrass. Homeowners, golf course superintendents, sports field managers, and lawn care operators are offered educational programs that deal with current issues in turfgrass. Our goal is to educate the public on turfgrass issues that impact our region.
Turfgrass and Ornamental Learning Center Building Fund
The Turfgrass & Ornamental Research Facility at the South Farm is being transformed into a Learning Facility for the Green Industry and will provide research and educational opportunities for students and professionals alike. The current office building is deteriorating with structural defects and needs to be replaced. Fundraising for a new facility has continued for a number of years and we are presently making preparations to develop a site plan to move forward. This new building will be a state-of-the-art turfgrass & ornamental teaching and research facility that will include a library (small conference room), several offices, and a larger conference room (104 occupancy). With the addition of a conference room to the South Farm location, our potential to offer educational programs for students, Master Gardeners, lawn care operators, golf course superintendents, landscapers, sports turf managers and homeowners will increase the visibility of our program and the Division of Plant Sciences. We are at a point to consider a start to this project; however additional funds are required to complete the project. A naming opportunity still remains for the facility with your donation to reach our final goal. For more information contact Xi Xiong or Lee Miller.
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News & articles
- Published: Friday, May 29, 2020
COLUMBIA, Mo. – It’s wickedly dark and goopy as the melting Wicked Witch in Wizard of Oz. Nostoc, sometimes known as witch’s butter, looks like it sound, says University of Missouri Extension turf pathologist Lee Miller. Even your mangy little ...
Publication date: Nov. 1, 2014
Although insects are one of the most populous forms of animal life on earth, only a small number of them may, at some time, become a potential problem in turfgrass. Turfgrass insects can be somewhat cyclical and very dependent on a number of factors. ...
Publication date: March 1, 2014
This manual is part of Missouri's Pesticide Applicator Training Program. It prepares pesticide applicators for a Category 3, Ormamental and Turf Pest Control, certification test given by the Missouri Department of Agriculture.Missouri’s Pesticide ...
Publication date: June 1, 2007
Establishment and maintenance of turfgrasses is a multibillion dollar industry in the United States for good reason. Turfgrasses don't just add beauty to one's surroundings. Natural grasses provide safe and attractive playing surfaces for ...
Publication date: Jan. 1, 2006
Turfgrass disease is one of the serious and costly reasons for injury and death to grasses used in lawns, golf courses, sport fields, and other areas where grasses are desired. Plant pathogenic fungi are the main cause of lawn diseases. Other ...
Publication date: Dec. 1, 2017
This guide provides weed identification and control information that turfgrass professionals can use to develop effective weed control programs for golf courses, athletic fields, sod farms, lawns and other turfgrass systems. The recommendations apply ...
This simple application of Pearson's Square is used to determine how much sand to add to an existing infield to achieve a desired amount in the infield mix.
University of Missouri turfgrass research tri-fold on lawns, cultural practices and pests
This simple calculation will figure amount of seed to plant 100% pure live see.