UW-Madison hosts multiple turf industry events July 23-26

The week of July 23 will be a busy one for everyone associated with the UW-Madison turf program. That’s the week that Madison plays host for the annual meeting of Turfgrass Producers International, the trade group of the turfgrass sod industry. Held in conjunction will be the Midwest Sod Council field day, and the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association field day. The same week, the UW-Madison will play host to the 2007 NCERA 192 meetings July 24–26. The NCERA 192 project focuses on improving the environmental impact and management of turfgrasses.

John Stier, horticulture professor and turfgrass specialist, notes that this is the first time the TPI event has been hosted by a university. Usually it’s held at a commercial sod frm, but organizers were impressed with the UW-Madison’s turf research setup — the O.J. Noer Turfgrass Facility — and so opted to have it here. Between 1100-1500 people are expected to attend. The TPI conference runs all week and culminates with the field day on Thursday, July 26.