Speaker Spotlight - Dr. Kevin Frank
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
Dr. Kevin Frank
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
Associate Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist
Kevin W. Frank holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Horticulture from the University of Nebraska and B.S. in Plant Science from the University of Wyoming. Frank’s research interests include winterkill prevention and reestablishment, turfgrass nutrition and fertilizer programming, nitrogen and phosphorus fate, and irrigation programming. He serves as the MSU Turfgrass Committee Chair and as the MSU Liaison to the Golf Association of Michigan.
Dr. Frank will speak multiple times in various tracks throughout the conference:
Tuesday: 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Golf Turf Management Track
Winter Kill 2014 - The What, When and Why?
The winter of 2013-2014 resulted in devastating winterkill to Poa annua putting greens throughout the Great Lakes region. Presentation will include the causes of winterkill and what if anything we learned that can help turf survive extreme winters.
Tuesday: 3:00 - 4:00 PM - Golf Turf Management Track
Dead Greens - Are You Kidding Me - Now What?
Spring of 2014 was full of real life case studies for how to reestablish winterkill damaged greens. Tips and tricks for reestablishing greens that were completely dead to greens with sporadic damage will be presented.
Wednesday: 10:00 - 11:00 AM - Lawn Care Track
Cultural Practices for Reducing Pesticide Use - An Absolute Must for Long-Term Success
Pesticides are a shortcut for sound cultural practices. True or false? This presentation will discuss how cultural practices such as mowing, irrigation, fertilization, and soil management interact to reduce pest incidence.
Wednesday: 1:00 - 2:00 PM - Sports Field Management
Fertilization is Your Best Friend - Developing Best Fertility Practices for Maximum Turf Performance and Cost Effectiveness
What is the #1 factor you consider in developing a fertilizer program? Fertilizer product, turf type, traffic, environmental concerns, or cost? This presentation will discuss how to develop a fertilization program and provide program examples.