I'm going to start this blog with a photo of Erik Ervin, Ph.D., from Virginia Tech. He's testing a handmade roller at Bel-Air Country Club, one of the stops on last Sunday's Crop Science Society of America Turfgrass Tour. I'm posting Erik's picture because he is one of the C-5 members who is hard at work for you,and I'm posting a picture from last Sunday because I have been inside the Long Beach convention center since early Monday morning, and I don't think you want to see that.
So what and who are C5, and what are they doing in Long Beach,Calif.? C5 is the Turfgrass Science Division of the Crop Science Society of America. Its members include scientists, researchers, turfgrass consultants, agronomists, folks from the USGA and GCSAA, people from industry and universities from all over the world. The C5 division is the second strongest and most active division in the Crop Science Society.
The annual meeting is a venue for presenting talks and posters about the latest and greatest in research concerning turf diseases and cures, management practices and new turf breeds. Casual conversations also reveal information that is not quite ready for prime time. Just yesterday I learned about the possible release of a new turfgrass cultivar and a new chemical control for Poa annua. So, get ready for GIS in Orlando. You might be surprised at what the C5 division has been doing for you.