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Author(s):Riggs, Nancy
Author Affiliation:Freelance Writer, Mt. Zion, Illinois
Title:The cooler side of sod: Cooling Sod Farm supplies turf at its freshest
Section:Central region
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Source:Turf: Central. Vol. 14, No. 11, November 2003, p. B1-B2, B4.
Publishing Information:St. Johnsbury, VT: Moose River Publishing LLC
# of Pages:3
Keywords:TIC Keywords: Sod farms; Sod; Technology; Seedbeds; Mowing height; Tillage; Irrigation; Fertilization; Mowing; Business profile; Poa; Sod production; Labor costs; Sod harvesting
Business Name:Joe Cooling & Sons Sod Farm, in Cherry Valley, Illinois
Abstract/Contents:Profiles Joe Cooling & Sons Sod Farm in Cherry Valley, Illinois. States that "technology - from equipment improvements to paraplanes - combined with traditional farming practices on the northern Illinois prairie produce this quality sod." Discusses how improvements in turf technology have affected the Cooling Sod Farm by cutting labor costs. Discusses the labor involved in maintaining the sod farm, stating that "Cooling Sod Farm has five full-time employees and 14 to 18 seasonal workers." Describes the changing maintenance practices of the sod farm, including varying mowing height and frequency, irrigation practices and cultivar selection. Tim Cooling, manager of the sod farm, states that "we are continuing to change our practices to improve the turf, based on weather, past experience and the individual field soil type." Discusses the types of sod grown on Cooling Sod Farm. Describes the timing and procedures of sod delivery, stating that "crews begin cutting at about 2 a.m. to provide the sod when it's cool and fresh."
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ASA/CSSA/SSSA Citation (Crop Science-Like - may be incomplete):
Riggs, N. 2003. The cooler side of sod: Cooling Sod Farm supplies turf at its freshest. Turf: Centr. 14(11):p. B1-B2, B4.
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