Category Archives: The Lawn Institute

TLI Research Committee Funds 5 Proposals in 2018

The Lawn Institute Research Committee met in Tucson, AZ during the TPI 2018 International Conference & Field Day to review, discuss, and vote on research proposals submitted by university researchers from throughout the world. The committee received 19 research proposals this year focused on items including turfgrass insects, diseases, genetics and plant breeding, turfgrass water use, turfgrass cooling effects, biostimulants, plant growth regulators, and sod harvestability. 

The committee decided to fund five university research projects that have the potential to impact turfgrass producers and the industry throughout the world. They include:

  1. Dr. Matt Elmore, Rutgers University ($2,500)
    1. Turfgrass Pest Control Recommendations Guide, Weed Control
  2. Dr. Lee Miller, University of Missouri ($2,500)
    1. Turfgrass Pest Control Recommendations Guide, Disease Control
  3. Dr. Jay McCurdy, Mississippi State University ($10,000)
    1. Harvest Aids for Improved Turfgrass Shelf Life
  4. Dr. Marco Schiavon, University of California-Riverside ($20,000)
    1. Mapping and Monitoring Turfgrass Cooling Effects
  5. Dr. Ben Wherley, Texas A&M University ($30,000)
    1. Environmental Impacts and Runoff Dynamics Associated with Turfgrass Removal in Urban Landscapes

TLI Valentine’s Day Dessert Reception Raises $123,000

Many attendees flocked to the TLI reception on Wednesday night to enjoy some after-dinner Valentine desserts with friends and family while raising money for TLI’s research, scholarship, education, and PR initiatives. A variety of items were auctioned off to benefit TLI including an Osceola turkey hunt in Florida, a Texas hog hunt, a Brouwer Turf Roller, a gourmet Dinner for 8, a NASCAR driving package, a homemade quilt, a TPI 2019 conference registration and lodging package, and more!   

The evening ended with the auctioning of a Trebro Autostack II harvester, courtesy of Trebro Turf Equipment which went to Anthony and Sonia Heilig of A&S Heilig t/a Go Turf in Beerburrum Queensland Australia!