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Author(s):Boyce, J. H.
Author Affiliation:Division of Forage Plants, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
Title:[Grass breeding research and the effects of fertilizers on the growth and quality of turf conducted by the Division of Forage Plants, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa]
Meeting Info.:October 7-9, 1951
Source:Proceedings of National Turf Field Days. 1951, p. 43-45.
# of Pages:3
Publishing Information:West Point, Pennsylvania: West Point Lawn Products
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Choice of species; Cultural methods; Evaluations; Futures; Maintenance practices; Research facilities; Research priorities
Abstract/Contents:"Over 90% of all turf research currently being carried on in Canada is being conducted by the Division of Forage Plants at the Central Experimental Farm in Ottawa. Turf research was started by this Division in 1924 with the setting up of a project entitled "turf grass experiments" the object of which were to determine the relative value of species and strains of grasses and mixtures of these for the production of turf on putting and bowling greens, lawns, fairways, parks, cemeteries, playgrounds, athletic fields, airports, roadsides and other turfed areas; to determine the best cultural practices such as soil preparation, rate, date and methods of planting, fertilizing, liming, top dressing, rolling, watering and other operations necessary for the production of satisfactory turf for the above mentioned purposes; and to determine the best methods of controlling weeds, diseases insects and other pests and disorders in turf. All research work at Ottawa is set up on a project basis. Main projects and sub-projects directly bearing on turf research are as follows: I. Under Project Title, "Plant Introduction and Testing New Species". (a) Preliminary testing of new introductions of turf species. (b) The collection and preliminary testing of vegetatively propogated turf species. II. Under "Turf Grass Experiments". (a) Active sub-projects (1) Turf nursery (2) Comparative tests of species and strains of bentgrasses for the production of turf on putting and bowling greens and high quality lawns. (3) Comparative tests of species and strains of grasses for the production of turf on lawns, fairways, parks, cemeteries, playgrounds, athletic fields, airports, roadsides and similar turfed areas. (4) Studies on the control of turf weeds. (5) Studies on the control of snowmold. (b) Contemplated sub-projects upon which some preliminary work has been done. (1) Studies on the influence of different nitrogenous fertilizers on the growth and quality of turf. (2) Studies on the effect of bituminous materials on soil stabilization and on the establishment of turf grasses. (3) Studies on the influence of fungicides on the germination and establishment of turf grasses. (4) studies on the influence of aeration and related maintenance operations on the quality and usefulness of turf. III. Under Grass Breeding Projects. The primary purpose of the grass breeding projects conducted by the Division of Forage Plants is the development of superior strains for agricultural purposes. Nevertheless, the breeding material of turf forming species (Poa, Festuca and Agrostis) is screened for lines which might be useful in the production of turf. As a result of this work with creeping red fescue, a progeny test of what appeared to be superior lines was laid out last year. IV. Future Developments. Future plans include the continuance of active projects now being carried and the further development of the sub-projects mentioned in II: (b): 1 to 4, insofar as limitations of land, labor and finances will permit. Because of the high maintenance costs associated with turf research work, it is planned that as much research as possible will be conducted on local golf clubs and other turfed areas. It is also hoped that it will be possible to promote turf research work in other regions of Canada. Recent attempts along this line have resulted in increased interest at a number of stations in the Experimental Farms Service. Turf research projects are now being set up at some of these stations. This turf research is an extremely business particularly from the standpoint of maintenance costs. What we are trying to do now is to get more of our work out on the golf courses, athletic fields, cemeteries, roadsides or anywhere where we can get the work done."
Language:English
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Note:This item is an abstract only!
ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Boyce, J. H. 1951. [Grass breeding research and the effects of fertilizers on the growth and quality of turf conducted by the Division of Forage Plants, Central Experimental Farm, Ottawa]. Proc. Natl. Turf Field Days. p. 43-45.
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