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​TN Turf Tuesdays - New and Improved for 2021

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Faculty, staff, and students within the University of Tennessee Turfgrass Science and Management program are excited to continue our monthly digital learning series, Tennessee Turf Tuesday, in 2021.

The objective of this series is to provide individuals managing golf courses, sports fields, residential/commercial lawns, and sod farms the latest research on optimizing turfgrass aesthetic and functional quality via sustainable cultural and pest management practices. Spend your lunch hour with us once a month to earn a recertification credit and learn something new!

TN Turf Tuesday webinars from 2020 are available for archived viewing on our YouTube channel.

When is TN Turf Tuesday in 2021?

  • ​There will be MORE sessions in 2021. Webinars will be conducted live on the first Tuesday of every month from April through October 2021
  • All webinars will be live from 11:30am - 12:30pm EDT and recorded.
  • Recorded webinars will be posted here for archived viewing.

What Credits will be Offered at TN Turf Tuesday?

EVERY WEBINAR has been awarding the following:

  • Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA): 0.10 CEU​​
  • Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA): 0.10 CEU
  • American Sports Builders Association (ASBA): 1 CEU in Category 1
  • ​Pesticide Recertification Credits
    • Tennessee:  Approved for 1 credit in C1, C3, C10, C12
    • Kentucky: Approved​ for 1 credit in Categories 3, 18, and 20 (Categories vary among dates. Please contact Dr. Jim Brosnan​ for more details.)
    • Alabama: Approved for D&R, OTPS, and OTPC (Must attend four webinars in 2021 to receive certification)
    • Michigan: Approved for Categories 3A, 3B, 6, and Comm CORE
    • New Jersey: Approved for 2 units in Categories 10, 3B, and PP2
    • Georgia: Approved for 1 credit in Category 24
    • Pennsylvania​​: Approved for 1 credit in Categories PC, 7, 18, and 23
    • Mississippi: Approved for Categories III and X (Must attend four webinars in 2021 to receive certification)
    • Texas: Approved​ for 1 credit in IPM and General ​(Categories vary among dates. Please contact Dr. Jim Brosnan​ for more details.)
    • West Virginia: Approved for 2 credits in Categories 4, 11, and 12 
    • Nevada: Approved for 1 General CEU
    • South Carolina: Approved 1 credit in Category 3

​​***Pesticide credits are only available for live webinars. No credits are available for archived viewing***


October 5th – Winter is Coming! Be Prepared for Shoulder Season Foes like Poa annua and Large Patch

Presenters: Dr. Jim Brosnan and Dr. Brandon Horvath, University of Tennessee

Warm-season turfgrasses are targeted by many pests during the shoulder seasons including weeds like Poa annua as well as diseases like large patch and spring dead spot. Research-based recommendations for controlling these pests will be offered during this session to prepare turfgrass managers for the road ahead.

​September 14th – What Just Happened? – A Review of Summer Diseases in the Southeast

Presenters: Dr. Brandon Horvath, Univ. of Tennessee, Dr. Jim Kerns, N.C. State Univ, & Dr. Joe Roberts, Clemson Univ.

Numerous diseases can affect turfgrasses during the summer and this year was no exception. This presentation will provide a comprehensive overview of diseases that were problematic in the southeastern U.S. this summer and discuss the most effective options for control.


August 3rd – Zoysiagrass Putting Green Roundtable

Presenters: Dr. John Sorochan & Tyler Carr, Univ. of Tennessee, & Dr. Mike Richardson, Univ. of Arkansas

There is growing interest in the development of dwarf zoysiagrass cultivars for use on golf course putting greens in the southeastern United States. This presentation will provide an overview of the latest research on zoysiagrasses for putting greens. Topics covered will include cultivar performance comparisons, nutrient regimes, performance under shade, responses to plant growth regulators, weed control techniques via pre- and postemergence herbicides, and control of fungal pathogens.

July 13th – Managing Warm Season Sports Turf in a Changing Climate 

Presenters: Dr. Kyley Dickson & Tyler Carr, University of Tennessee

Advances in both bermudagrass and zoysiagrass have made varieties more adaptable to survive in changing conditions. This presentation will cover new cultivars of bermudagrass and zoysiagrass varieties for use in sports turf. Learn management strategies of these new cultivars to help improve environmental stress tolerance while reducing invasion from weed, disease, and insect pests. Also, learn how the use of these new cultivars can help reduce inputs without lowering field performance. 

June 1st – Hot, Humid, and Time for Brown Patch

Presenters: Dr. Brandon Horvath and David Shell, Univ. of Tennessee

Summer can be the season of disease on tall fescue lawns in the transition zone, particularly brown patch. This presentation will provide an overview of the latest tactics lawn care professionals can use to control brown patch (and other diseases) in tall fescue lawns.

May 4th – Poa Control: North and South

Presenters: Dr. Jim Brosnan, Univ. of Tennessee & Dr. Matt Elmore, Rutgers Univ.

Controlling Poa annua is a challenge for everyone in the turfgrass industry. In this session presenters will discuss the latest strategies for controlling Poa annua in all areas: from bermudagrass fairways and sports fields to creeping bentgrass putting greens.

April 6th – Spring is Here: Time to Get that Tall Fescue Lawn Ready for the Coming Season

Presenters: Dr. Tom Samples & Dr. Jim Brosnan, University of Tennessee

Each year lawn care professionals and homeowners have the same goal: ensuring that well maintained tall fescue lawns thrive during the upcoming season. This presentation will provide an overview of strategies for managing tall fescue including nutrition and irrigation requirements as well as pest management practices targeting both weeds and diseases.​

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