By Sharon Omahen
University of Georgia
Experts from across the Southeast will share their knowledge Dec. 6-7 during the annual Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show at the Gwinnett Civic and Cultural Center in Duluth, Ga.
"This year's show includes many educational opportunities featuring some of the industry's top speakers," said Benjie Brumbleloe, president of the Georgia Turfgrass Association. "The industry's leading companies will also be on hand at the trade show."
The following University of Georgia scientists will share the latest turf management research findings:
* Jean Williams-Woodward will speak on managing new pests in Southern landscapes.
* Tim Murphy and Mark Czarnota will discuss weed management in turf and ornamentals.
* Bob Carrow will talk on cultivation and topdressing practices and on managing turfgrass in shaded areas.
* Rose Mary Seymour will discuss changes to storm-water management requirements.
* Gil Landry will cover transitioning overseeded grasses.
* And Clint Waltz will lead a session geared to helping professional landscapers handle unhappy customers.
Scientists from the universities of Tennessee and Florida will share their expertise, too.
The first afternoon will offer a choice of concurrent sessions in landscape, golf or sports and commercial turf. Each track will include four topics focused in that area.
The institute includes a trade show with exhibits from more than 50 turf-related companies and associations and silent auctions each day. The trade show will also include appearances by the Atlanta Falcon Cheerleaders.
The cost to attend both days is $180 ($130 for GTA members). After Nov. 18, it's $230 ($180 GTA) for both days. One-day fees are $140 ($90 GTA), or $190 ($140 GTA) after Nov. 18. The fee for the trade show and luncheon only, for either day, is $20 ($15 GTA) or $25 ($20 GTA) after Nov. 18.
For more on the Turfgrass Institute and Trade Show, or to sign up, call (800) 687-6949, or e-mail the GTA office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GTA presents the institute in cooperation with UGA and the Georgia Irrigation Association, Georgia Professional Golfers Association, Georgia Recreation and Parks Association, Georgia Sod Producers Association, Georgia Water Wise Council, North Georgia Landscape and Turf Association, Professional Lawn Care Association of America, Sports Turf Managers Association and U.S. Golf Association Green Section.
(Sharon Omahen is a news editor with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.)