Joint tours with the International Turfgrass Research Conference
On Wednesday, we will join with participants from the International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC) to visit Tuckahoe Turf Farms and Monmouth Park Race Track and will finish the day at the Rutgers Horticultural Research Farm 2 for self-guided tours of the research plots, a cocktail party, and a beach-party themed BBQ dinner.
Tuckahoe Turf Farms specializes in bluegrass and tall fescue turf for sports fields and landscapes. This will be a unique opportunity to visit one of our member’s farms. On this tour, you will learn about the challenges of growing sod in the hot, humid, mid-Atlantic transition zone. You will also see harvesting operations that supply many of the major professional sports venues including Lincoln Field and Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, Fenway Park in Boston, and Citibank Park in New York City with top-quality turf.
Monmouth Park Race Track was established in 1870 and is one of the legendary race tracks for thoroughbred horses in the United States. It is the home of the Haskell Invitational and the United Nations Stakes, and hosted the Breeders Cup in 2007. At this stop, you will have an opportunity to see the tall fescue inner track that was completely reconstructed for the Breeders Cup and will hear about the management program that has made this one of the top racing facilities in the country. Lunch will be served at this stop.
Agriculture: Trends, Topics, & Tomorrow with Damian Mason
Don’t miss the chance to start our action-packed day with breakfast and an informative and entertaining talk with Damian Mason about the issues currently facing the agricultural industry. Damian was raised on his family’s dairy farm and studied agricultural economics at Purdue University. He and his wife Lori currently own and manage a farm in northeast Indiana.
Learn more about Damian at https://www.damianmason.com/.
Trump National Golf Club
Join us as we visit Trump National Golf Club, fresh off its hosting of the 2017 USGA U.S. Women's Open, (July 13–16) and home of the 2022 PGA Championship. Trump National is situated on over 600 acres of scenic countryside just 40 minutes from Manhattan. The two courses were designed by golf course architect Tom Fazio II, who modeled the two sprawling 18-hole courses after the gardens of Versailles. Our visit will be hosted by Rob Wagner, Director of Grounds at Trump National Golf Club and a local turfgrass supplier.Ninety Acres—A Farm to Table Restaurant in Natirar Park
Next we will travel to Natirar Park for a farm tour and lunch at the amazing Ninety Acres restaurant. Natirar Park was established early in the 20th century as the primary home of millionaires Kate Macy Ladd and her husband, Walter Ladd. The estate features a 33,000-square foot brick Tudor mansion along with carriage houses, cottages, and gatehouse. The property was sold to the King of Morocco in 1983 and in 2003, Somerset County purchased the property and created a public-private partnership with the intent to restore this generational property back to greatness.
The beautiful carriage house for the 33,000 square foot Tudor Mansion was restored in 2009 and contains many of the elaborate architectural features of the main house. It now houses the farm-to-table restaurant Ninety Acres, which is supplied by The Farm at Natirar, a 12-acre farm located on the property that features over 200 varieties of produce and humanely raised, pasture-fed livestock including Berkshire pigs, poultry, and sheep.
The Farm is a unique feature that sets Natirar apart from other culinary destinations. Sustainably growing, harvesting, preparing, and enjoying food on-site are among their deepest values. The chefs for Ninety Acres are able to work with the farm staff to directly request produce varieties and harvest sizes as they plan menus.
USGA Museum and Testing Facility
After lunch, we will travel to Far Hills, New Jersey, home of the United States Golf Association to visit their museum and testing facility. The USGA Museum and Arnold Palmer Center for Golf History is home to the world’s premier collection of golf artifacts and memorabilia. It is dedicated to fostering an appreciation for the game of golf, its participants, and the USGA. By collecting, preserving, and interpreting the historical developments of golf in the United States, with an emphasis on the Association and its championships, the Museum promotes a greater understanding of golf’s cultural significance for a worldwide audience.
The USGA Research and Testing Facility is the world’s leading facility for golf ball testing and performance. Eighteen full-time employees monitor the development of technologies that impact the game of golf and use the facility’s high-tech tools to maintain conformity of golf equipment to the Rules of Golf around the world. They work to protect the overall fairness of the game by guaranteeing that a player’s performance is the result of their skills and not of some new tool.
Twilight Dinner Cruise
You will not want to miss the special end to our day as we rejoin ITRC participants for a magical twilight dinner cruise around Manhattan Island and the Statue of Liberty. See the beautiful NY City Skyline as you cruise past One World Trade Center (the giant skyscraper that replaced the Twin Towers and is now the tallest building in New York), the Statue of Liberty, and the Brooklyn Bridge which when it was built in 1883 was the longest suspension bridge in the world. Enjoy drinks on the deck, a great dinner, and dance the night away on a private dance floor. This event is sponsored by Syngenta and is included in your conference registration fees.
There is worldwide interest in zoysiagrass (Zoysia spp.). In 2015, an International Zoysiagrass Symposium was held in Okinawa, Japan with speakers from Japan, Korea, China, and Australia. Interest arising from this gathering led to an informal meeting of those involved with zoysiagrass research and management at the Golf Industry Show in San Diego in 2016 at which individuals from eleven countries attended.We will continue building on this interest by holding a half-day zoysiagrass symposium on the morning of Friday, July 21, 2017 at the International Turfgrass Research Conference (ITRC) in New Brunswick, NJ USA. Invited speakers will provide a worldwide view of zoysiagrass research, use, and culture. In addition, a panel including industry professionals will offer their perspective on zoysiagrass management. Before and after the symposium, and during a one-hour break, attendees will have an opportunity to view posters and interact with others conducting research on Zoysia spp. Those presenting research on zoysiagrass at the ITRC in an oral session earlier in the week have the additional option to create a poster for viewing during the symposium, and those presenting a poster earlier in the week can show their poster again during the symposium (there is no need for these authors to submit an additional title summary).Speakers will give 30 minute oral presentations covering material contained in manuscripts that will be published as part of the International Turfgrass Society (ITS) Conference.
Travel to the Rutgers Plant Science Research and Extension Farm in Adelphia to learn about Rutgers’ cutting edge research and extension programs advancing fine and athletic field turf directly applicable to turf and agronomic crops and to plant and soil interaction. The center's research is used in solving problems relating to the production of food, feed, or fiber and problems relating to environmental or aesthetic quality.
Reservation cut off: Tuesday, June 27, 2017