DEPARTMENT OF SOIL AND CROP SCIENCES TURF RESEARCH AT PENBERTHY
The Department of Turfgrass Science is currently utilizing Penberthy Field #8 for a multi seasonal research study concerning field compaction and aeration. Utilizing a G.P.S. equipped Cleg Hammer (device used to measure the hardness or shock absorption properties of a turf surface) the study will track a multitude of points across the field to track filed hardness throughout several seasons .
With Rugby being the primary sport played there, the most impacted points will be identified and plotted to create a map. Once these areas are identified, they will be aerated to alleviate compaction, increase safety and promote growth. The study will compare the impact of full field aeration compared to selected area aeration and its effects to field performance and potential cost savings.
The Turfgrass Department is also utilizing some of our non-field areas to track Crabgrass growth habits as compared to soil temperatures. Two areas are being tracked, weekly mowed at 1” and receiving no herbicides or fertilizers.
submitted by Brian Carey, CPTM,CSFM| Athletic/Grounds Manager,TAMU