Turf Troubleshooting: Problem Solving for Golf Course Superintendents

Jim Kerns, Ph.D.

Golf course superintendents are constantly forced to make impromptu decisions regarding a wide range of agronomic issues. When turf declines, superintendents feel immense pressure to diagnose the problem accurately and quickly implement a cost effective control measure. However, the symptoms of different turfgrass problems are often similar, so superintendents must use a variety of techniques and services to assist in the diagnosis process. Failure to correctly identify the source of the problem may lead to rapid turf decline. Since superintendents are under tremendous pressure to maintain perfect playing conditions, they may hastily implement a chemical program as a control measure. Yet, these applications may pose a risk to the environment and lead to unwanted expenditures.

This 90-minute webcast will provide participants with the ability to employ troubleshooting tactics to increase their speed and accuracy of turf problem diagnosis. Basic principles of problem-solving methods and troubleshooting will be reviewed. Emphasis will be placed on the tools, procedures, resources, and services needed to diagnose the most common causes of turfgrass decline. Topics will include environmental monitoring, nutrient analysis, soil physical and chemical properties, nematode analysis, and diagnosis of fungal diseases.

Original presentation date: Oct. 18, 2012

About the instructor

Jim KernsJim Kerns, Ph.D., is an assistant professor and extension specialist in the department of plant pathology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He earned his bachelor's degree in agronomy from North Carolina State University, his master's degree in agronomy from Texas A&M University and his doctorate in plant pathology from North Carolina State University. He is a member of the Wisconsin GCSA and Northern Great Lakes GCSA. Kerns’ extension efforts focus on educating turfgrass managers on identifying disease problems, employing control measures that are efficacious, cost-effective and environmentally sound, and managing fungicide resistance. His turf interests include research in laboratory, greenhouse, growth chamber, and field environments focusing on, but not limited to, three important diseases of turfgrasses in Wisconsin: dollar spot, anthracnose and snow mold.


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