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Author(s):Musser, H. B.
Author Affiliation:Department of Agronomy, Pennsylvania State College, State College, Pennsylvania
Title:[Results of our research with strains of fescue and polycross bent and an update on, the compaction in connection with aerification study]
Meeting Info.:October 7-9, 1951
Source:Proceedings of National Turf Field Days. 1951, p. 39-40.
# of Pages:2
Publishing Information:West Point, Pennsylvania: West Point Lawn Products
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Aerification; Compaction; Cultivar evaluation; Disease incidence; Quality evaluation; Research priorities
Abstract/Contents:"There are a few highlights that I might mention briefly. The one is the results again this year with our strains of fescue. The strains that were outstanding during the previous years were again outstanding this year under very extreme drought conditions. The fact is with the exception of Merion bluegrass and these better strains of fescue, we didn't have anything in our plots this year that was satisfactory under extreme drought. I might qualify that by saying that Alta and Kentucky 31 and selection from Alta, 144, also survived our drought conditions very beautifully this year. Of course, they are not of as much interest to golf course people as they are to some of our other phases of special purpose turf. The results with the polycross bent again have shown that there are very definite possibilities in that method of producing creeping bent. At the present time we have three parents which are pretty good performers from the standpoint of the quality of turf they produce, without having too much vigor. I think we are justified in selecting those strains as parents for production of polycross seed. The other outstanding thing, that agree very nicely with what Jess DeFrance just reported on, is the tremendous difference that we observed and recorded in the disease incidence on the more starved grass areas in our fertility tests. We are just beginning to get some documentation on it and actually show that there is a very definite tie-up between good fertilization and disease incidence, particularly dollarspot. We have one thing that we are quite proud of and that is our lay-out to test the effect of aerification on runoff under various methods of management, which has been financed by West Point Lawn Products. Ed Merkel, our graduate student, has spent a lot of time on it during the last two seasons and we are beginning to get some excellent results on it. Our nitrogen-potash studies are continuing and professor Holben, who is doing that work, is beginning to get the soil to the point where deficiencies of potash and therefore, the application of potash, are beginning to show. We are continuing our studies on the effect of water and compaction in connection with aerification under the United States Golf Association Green Section fellowship. We have spilt those plots up now and are studying the effect of aerification in bringing that turf back and trying to determine what the differences are in fertilizer penetration and so forth. I want Ed Merkel to come up here and give you a brief report on his runoff and compaction studies. I might say that this work is being done on a fellowship grant from the West Point Lawn Products Company and we are more than grateful for the interest they have taken in subsidizing the work."
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Musser, H. B. 1951. [Results of our research with strains of fescue and polycross bent and an update on, the compaction in connection with aerification study]. Proc. Natl. Turf Field Days. p. 39-40.
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