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Author(s):Bruno, G.; Reyneri, A.
Author Affiliation:Department of Agronomy, Forestry and Land Management, University of Turin, Italy
Title:The management of winter browning of leaves for tall fescue turf
Section:Volunteer presentations
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Meeting Info.:19-20 May 2008: Pisa Italy
Source:1st European Turfgrass Society Conference Proceedings. Vol. 1, May 2008, p. 59-60.
Publishing Information:Pisa, Italy: European Turfgrass Society
# of Pages:2
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Autumn; Leaves; Winter color; Festuca arundinacea; Nitrogen; Potassium; Fertilization; Color; Mowing
Abstract/Contents:Presents a study conducted to "evaluate the possibility of a reduction of winter browning through the comparison of different techniques of nitrogen and potassium fertilization in autumn." Details methods and materials used in the study, stating that "a stand of pure tall fesuce (cv. 'Merlin Gold' and 'Pure Gold') was seeded in September 2002, and maintained at a mowing height of 5 cm [centimeters]. A spring fertilization with 50 kg [kilograms] ha-1 [per hectare] of N [nitrogen] and 80 kg ha-1 of P25 was distributed, while no herbicide, fungicide and irrigation were applied." Lists treatments compared in the study, including potash sulphate (SOLK), urea, ammonium sulphate + potash sulphate (SASK), metylen-Urea (METU), double coated urea (RICM), and unfertilized control (TEST). Later summer (URAN) or early autumn (URPO) distribution were compared only for urea. The experimental design was a split-plot with three replicates with a sub plot area of 5m2 [square meters]." Concludes that "the results stressed that a pure stand of tall fescue had a rather long browning season that, with a proper fertilization in autumn, could be significantly reduced by more than two months. The reduction was more evident in autumn (even 7 weeks) than in spring (2 weeks). N distribution was more effective than potash sulphate fertilization, but the best results were achieved with all three elements. The slow release N fertilizer (as metilen urea or coated urea) was less efficient than unprotected urea in shortening browning season."
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Bruno, G., and A. Reyneri. 2008. The management of winter browning of leaves for tall fescue turf. Eur. Turfgrass Soc. Conf. Proc. 1:p. 59-60.
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