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Web URL(s):https://scisoc.confex.com/scisoc/2023am/meetingapp.cgi/Paper/149117
    Last checked: 12/01/2023
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Content Type:Abstract or Summary only
Author(s):Miller, Travis; Soldat, Douglas J.; Zhang, Yakun
Author Affiliation:Miller: Presenting Author and Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kewaunee, WI; Soldat: University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI; Zhang: Soil Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison, WI
Title:Impact of sand topdressing programs on putting green characteristics and performance
Section:Golf Turf Management Oral (includes student competition)
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Meeting Info.:St. Louis, Missouri: October 29-November 1, 2023
Source:ASA, CSSA, SSSA International Annual Meeting. 2023, p. 149117.
Publishing Information:[Madison, Wisconsin]: [American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America]
# of Pages:1
Abstract/Contents:"Topdressing is widely recognized as being an integral part of putting green maintenance, but the specific impact of topdressing on putting green performance is misunderstood. There are no peer reviewed studies with topdressing application strategy as their primary objective. Superintendents typically topdress on a calendar basis using vague descriptors like "light" or "heavy" to quantify the volume of sand applied. With the modern advancements of data driven application allowing superintendents to justify management decisions, topdressing needs to catch up. To do this, understanding of the relationship between topdressing strategy and common putting green performance diagnostic data such as firmness, visual quality, organic matter and moisture must be explored to justify these inputs. Additionally, surface firmness is often cited as being valuable to golfers, but measurement of firmness is uncommon in daily data collection. Determining the difference between firmness measurement devices variability and their relationship to other putting green characteristics gives managers another tool to collect data and make decisions. This study was initiated in the Spring of 2022 with three topdressing application depths, two sands of independent particle size and two application intervals. The three depths of sand applied were 8 mm, 4.25 mm and 5 mm determined by models factoring growing season length, climate data and clipping volume respectively. Data collected included surface firmness, moisture, visual quality, soil shear strength, NDVI, ball roll speed and soil organic matter to characterize putting green performance in response to topdressing regime. 4 firmness devices were used to collect data: 2 Clegg Impact Soil Testers (2.25 and 0.5 kg models), the Spectrum Trufirm, and the Precision USA Ball Bearing Depth Test. With the understanding of the relationship between application strategies and green performance, superintendents will have the data to justify their decisions."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Miller, T., D. J. Soldat, and Y. Zhang. 2023. Impact of sand topdressing programs on putting green characteristics and performance. Agron. Abr. p. 149117.
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