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Author(s):Miele, S.; Bargiacchi, E.
Author Affiliation:Miele: Centre for Research on Turfgrass for Environment and Sports, University of Pisa, Italy; Bargiacchi: Interuniversity National Consortium for Science and Technology of Materials, Florence, Italy
Title:Producing turf sods in tobacco float system nurseries
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. 131-132.
Publishing Information:Pisa, Italy: European Turfgrass Society
# of Pages:2
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Sod production; Tobacco stalks; Nurseries; Growing media; Peat; Polymers; Polyurethanes; Jute netting
Abstract/Contents:Presents a study conducted to determine the effectiveness of tobacco float system nurseries as growing mediums for turfgrasses. Details methods and materials used in the study, stating that "two different forms of [the] invention were investigated. In the first form ('panel' form), the medium was shaped in thin layers, which, after curing, were 20-30 mm [millimeters] thick, 52 cm [centimeters] long and 37 cm wide. Greater thicknesses were studied for stolonized grass species." Reports that "depending on the species and the growing period mean temperature, a full growing cycle from 'bare soil' to ready-for-the-market 'green sod' was accomplished in 25-35 days with the 'panel' and 35-40 days with the 'strip' forms, where time required for an equivalent, traditional sod production is about 5-6 months." Concludes that "float system for turfgrass sod production is an important complementary income source for tobacco growers. Extended growing period (even for warm-season turf species) throughout the year and ample market demand make it a feasible opportunity both for broad and niche markets. 'Panel' sods are best suited for architecture, gadgets and niche markets, while 'strips' can compete with field produced sods, also at a price level. Due to their simple handling, lower weight per unit area and water storage in the growing medium, long-distance delivering is easier than that of traditional sod."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Miele, S., and E. Bargiacchi. 2008. Producing turf sods in tobacco float system nurseries. Eur. Turfgrass Soc. Conf. Proc. 1:p. 131-132.
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