Attend MSU’s Turf School short course in December

The MSU Turf School, Dec. 11-14, 2017, is a week-long course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass.

The Michigan State University Turf School is an intensive course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school will be team-taught by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum is designed to deliver a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school is dedicated to weed, insect and disease identification and management. The pest management section is delivered in lecture and laboratory settings with hands-on learning emphasized.

The strength of the school lies within the depth of the turfgrass faculty at MSU. This will provide an excellent opportunity for one-on-one interaction between participants and the MSU turfgrass faculty. This is your chance to get to know the MSU Turf Team. All team members instruct, including Joe Vargas, Trey Rogers, Jim Crum, Kevin Frank, Thom Nikolai, Emily Merewitz, Dave Smitley, Aaron Hathaway, Nancy Dykema and Adam Palmatier. If you know the name but not the face, this is your chance to meet the team and get all your questions answered!

Who should attend?

Anyone looking to add to their turf knowledge. The school starts with the turf basics and expands from there throughout the week. Past attendees include golf course employees without formal training, lawn care company employees, turfgrass equipment technicians, industry sales representatives and school employees responsible for grounds and athletic fields.

What is covered?

Topics include: turfgrass species and cultivars including a hands-on identification lab; establishment and renovation; nutrition and fertilizers; weed, insect and disease management including hands-on identification labs; turfgrass soils, cultivation, compaction and thatch including a hands-on soils lab; and a review of Commercial Core information for the certified pesticide applicator test.

Where and when?

This year's school will be Dec. 11-14, 2017, at the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center on the campus of Michigan State University. The school begins at 8 a.m. on Monday and concludes at 5 p.m. on Thursday. Lodging arrangements can be made with the Kellogg Hotel and Conference Center online or by calling 1-800-875-5090. Reference the group code 1712TURFSC to secure the room rate of $108 per night for either single or double occupancy.


Need some MDARD credits or GCSAA CEU points? MSU Turf School is the place to clean up. Turf School has been awarded 32 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available in categories Commercial Core, Private Core, 3A, 3B and 6.

How much?

Cost for the school is $600 and includes all class materials and lunches at the MSU Brody Complex Monday-Thursday. Registration is limited to the first 100 people, so reserve your spot now. If you cancel after Dec. 1 without a replacement, you will be charged a $100 cancellation fee. If you cancel after Dec. 6, there is no refund.

How do I register?

Online registration is now available at MSU Turf School. For more information, contact Kevin Frank at 517-353-0147 or If you need help with registration, please contact ANR Events at or 517-353-3175.

Dr. Frank’s work is funded in part by MSU’s AgBioResearch.

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