The Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation (CTRF) has announced a total of $114,600 in turf research funding over a three year period to help fund two new projects. This announcement is the result of an eight month process to generate, evaluate and decide on which of 18 project submissions would be funded from 2015 to 2018.
The two new projects hosted by the University of Guelph and the University of Wisconsin include: Determining Soil Potassium Requirements of Sand-Based Putting Greens; and Testing Lower Risk Fungicides Against Turf Disease.
A grant of $9,600 has been allocated to the project, “Determining Soil Potassium Requirements of Sand-Based Putting Greens.” Its goal is to evaluate putting green quality and disease incidence over a wide range of soil test and tissue potassium levels. Coordinated by Dr. Douglas Soldat, the project is scheduled for completion by February 2017.
The second project, “Testing Lower Risk Fungicides Against Turf Diseases” will receive $105,000 over a three year period and will be coordinated by Dr. Thomas Hsiang at the University of Guelph. The project will research how common diseases such as dollar spot, fusarium patch and snow molds can be reduced in lab and field tests, using different application regimes of low risk chemicals. Research will be complete by April 2018.
To learn more about these projects, click here.