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NYSTA Awards Grants through New York Turfgrass Foundation

Cornell University

LATHAM, NY - New York State Turfgrass Association has awarded $38,877 in grant money this year to support turfgrass research projects at Cornell University. The funds are distributed through the New York Turfgrass Foundation, an endowment fund established in 1991 with Cornell University to support turfgrass research activities at the New York State College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, the Cornell Agricultural Experiment Station and other research institutions.

Contributions to the fund come from NYSTA members; POA Annual Golf Tournaments sponsored by NYSTA and New York golf course superintendent associations; businesses and individual benefactors. The Foundation has accumulated over $878,000 and is now generating $50,000 in interest income per year to be used annually in support of turfgrass research.

This year's grants for turfgrass research at Cornell University are as follows: Grant Project Title/Principle Investigator/Department $10,000 "Alerting and Arming the Northeast Against European Crane Flies, New Invasive Pests of Turfgrass"; $ 6,000 "Insect Pest Fact Sheets to Promote Better IPM for Turfgrass Maintenance and Sod Production"; Daniel Peck, Ph. - Department of Entomology; $10,000 "Influence of Mower Type and Mowing Frequency on Incidence of Anthracnose and Putting Green Performance"; Frank Rossi, Ph.D. – New York State Extension Turfgrass Specialist; $10,000 "Improving Soil Test Recommendations for Turfgrass in New York State"; A. Martin Petrovic, Ph.D. - Department of Horticulture; $ 2,877 "TracTurf: Software for Documentation of Pest Management Practices for New York State Turfgrass". Jennifer Grant, Ph.D. - New York State Agricultural Experiment Station.

Additional grant money was awarded through NYSTA sponsored golf tournaments. SUNY Delhi was awarded $6,754 for "Turf Water Quality, Use and Management" from proceeds of the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association's 2005 Poa Annual golf tournament and the 2005 Sullivan County Challenge. SUNY Cobleskill received $1,000 from the proceeds of the Fingerlakes Poa Annual golf tournament to support turfgrass education and research. Also, the University of Massachusetts at Amherst received $1,995: the proceeds from the joint Poa Annual golf tournament of the Metropolitan Golf Course Superintendents Association and the Connecticut Association of Golf Course Superintendents.

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