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TUGA Times

May 6, 2011

The 65th Annual Southeastern Turfgrass Conference was held on Tuesday (May 3) of this week at the UGA Tifton Campus Conference Center. This conference is sponsored by UGA Tifton and ABAC with numerous cooperators, including USDA Agricultural Research Service, United States Golf Association Green Section, Georgia Golf Course Superintendents Association, Georgia Turfgrass Association, and the University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Service. Over 160 people participated in a very good program and scientists from UGA Tifton and USDA-ARS were represented. I welcomed the group before they toured the UGA Tifton turf plots, which looked outstanding. Thanks to Dr. Brian Schwartz for his leadership in organizing an outstanding conference. An interesting aside: in 65 years the conference has never been rained out.

Agricultural and Environmental Awareness Day was held on Thursday of this week, and over 800 third graders from around the area participated. Over thirty demonstrations were available for classes to attend. In addition to UGA and USDA-ARS scientists and technical staff from the Tifton Campus, a number of presenters from other agencies participated. It was another outstanding and successful event. This is truly a team effort, but Benjie Baldree's leadership is greatly appreciated. View the slideshow.

Blueberry Field Day was held on Thursday evening at the Blueberry Research Farm at the UGA Alapaha Station. Coordinated by Dr. Scott Nesmith of the UGA Griffin Campus this field day gives blueberry growers and industry personnel and several county agents the opportunity to learn about blueberry research, including the performance of new blueberry varieties. Approximately fifty people attended the event on a beautiful spring evening. The blueberry farm looked great, and thanks to Shane Tawzer, Steven Hudson, and Earl Cook for their work there. Out of town UGA participants included Dr. Harald Sherm (Assistant Dean for Research), Dr. Doug Bailey (department head for the Horticulture Department), and Dr. Phil Brannen (Plant Pathology Department, Athens). Following a barbecue meal, participants toured the farm to learn more about new blueberry varieties.

The UGA Tifton Campus radio spot on WTIF radio is now on every weekday at about 9:35 a.m. on WTIF radio (107.5 FM).


Upcoming Events:

  • UGA Tifton Campus Graduation Reception — Tifton Campus Conference Center — Sunday, May 8 at 4:00 p.m.
  • Memorial Day — UGA Holiday — Monday, May 30
  • Corn Silage Field Day — Tifton Campus — Thursday, June 16
  • Sunbelt Expo Field Day — Moultrie — Thursday, July 7