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  • 16 Jun 2018 6:30 AM | Deleted user

    Thanks to the generous contributions of our Founders Club donors and OTRT contributors, we are pleased to announce two new grants focused on advancing the industry through research and outreach.

    Darrah Research Grant
    Two-year commitment of $7,500 each year for a research project which will benefit turfgrass professionals throughout the region.

    Gregoire Outreach Grant
    $2,500 grant focused on projects supporting our industry ranging from research, extension, outreach, awareness, recruiting and more.

    For more information on these new OTRT grants, click here.

    Click here to learn more about OTRT

  • 6 Jun 2018 11:41 AM | Deleted user

    Developed by Dr. Jay Hobgood, The Ohio State University


    The temperature will average below normal for the first half of June and it will average above normal during the second half of the month.  Precipitation will be above normal for the month. 


    The weather pattern that brought unseasonably hot temperatures during May will change when June starts.  A series of upper level troughs will move over the Great Lakes during the first half of June.  Those troughs will produce predominantly northwesterly winds which will bring cooler air from Canada to Ohio. 

    The Canadian air masses will provide temporary relief from the heat and rain.  The upper level pattern will change during the middle of June.  An upper level ridge will move closer to the state and it will block cooler air masses from moving southward out of Canada.  A surface high pressure system over the Atlantic Ocean will circulate humid air over Ohio. 

    The humid air will contribute to the development of more widespread showers and thunderstorms during the second half of June.

  • 30 Apr 2018 8:28 AM | Deleted user


    The average temperature for May will be above normal.  Precipitation will be near normal for the month.


    After three cool wet months the weather pattern will change at the start of May.  Southerly winds will bring much warmer air to Ohio at the beginning of the month and we will get our first taste of more summerlike temperatures.  West to east flow in the atmosphere will bring periodic storms which will cause fluctuations in the temperature. 

    More days with southerly winds will result in the average temperature being above normal during May.  Those southerly winds will also bring moist air to the state and periodic rains will produce near normal precipitation during the month.  Low pressure systems and their associated cold fronts could generate severe weather when they move across the state.

  • 24 Apr 2018 11:48 AM | Deleted user

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    In 2017, the Sunbelt Rentals rebate program helped provide over $13,000 to OTF! Funds generated through the rebate program allow us to further our mission of providing for research, education and advocacy.

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  • 2 Apr 2018 1:48 PM | Deleted user

    Written by Jay Hobgood, Ph. D., The Ohio State University


    The average temperature for April will be below normal. Precipitation will be above normal for the month.


    The outlook for April is that it could be a lot like March. An upper level trough will persist north of the Great Lakes during the first part of April. The trough will pull colder air over Ohio and the temperature will be below normal during much of the first half of the month. The upper level flow could change in the middle of the month to a fast west to east flow across the U.S. That flow will carry a series of storms across the country. The temperature will warm ahead of each storm and cool after the storm passes. Overall, the average temperature is likely to be below normal for month. The storms will also pull moist air from the Gulf of Mexico toward Ohio. They will produce periodic rain and some storms could produce locally heavy rain. The chances for severe weather will increase later in the month.

  • 23 Mar 2018 9:43 AM | Deleted user



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  • 9 Mar 2018 9:40 AM | Deleted user

    Written by Dr. Jay Hobgood, Ohio State University

    The average temperature for March will be above normal.  Precipitation will be above normal for the month. 

    March could be a stormy month.  A fast west to east flow will blow across the U.S. in the upper levels.  The flow will carry a series of storms across the country.  The temperature will warm ahead of each storm and cool after the storm passes.  The fluctuations will produce numerous swings of temperature, but the net effect should cause the temperature to average above normal for month. 

    The storms will pull moist air from the Gulf of Mexico toward Ohio.  Storms will drop precipitation over the state and several storms could produce locally heavy rain.  Snow could fall in some storms, especially over northern Ohio, but most of the precipitation will be rain.  More thunderstorms could occur later in the month when the temperature is warmer.

  • 10 Jan 2018 11:12 AM | Deleted user

    The Ohio Department of Agriculture (ODA) and the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) today announced the discovery of a hemlock-killing pest in Lake, Geauga and Athens counties. The hemlock woolly adelgid (HWA) is a small, aphid-like insect native to Asia, which threatens the health and sustainability of two hemlock tree species native to the eastern United States.

    HWA was first reported in the eastern United States in 1951 near Richmond, Virginia. Today, it is established in portions of 20 states from Maine to Georgia, where infestations cover about half of the range of eastern hemlock. Areas along the Appalachian Mountains have experienced significant mortality of eastern hemlock due to this devastating insect.

    The infestations in Lake and Geauga counties were first reported to ODA by a biologist working at a property in the Concord, Ohio area close to the Lake-Geauga county line. The Athens County detection was the result of ODNR Division of Forestry survey work that was conducted near the village of Coolville.

    HWA is primarily transported by wind, birds and infested nursery stock. HWA was first detected in a forested setting in Ohio in Meigs County in 2012.

    At this time, ODA will move to expand its hemlock quarantine, enforced by ODA’s Plant Health division, to include Lake, Geauga and Athens counties, as well as Gallia County due to proximity. Ohio quarantine regulations restrict the movement of hemlock materials from counties known to be infested into non-infested Ohio counties. Ohio’s quarantine law also requires hemlock materials grown in non-infested counties in quarantined states to be inspected before being shipped and have a phytosanitary certificate verifying that the plant material is free of HWA when entering Ohio.

  • 5 Jan 2018 8:24 AM | Deleted user
    Written by Dr. Jay Hobgood, Ohio State University

    The cold start to the winter will continue in January.  An upper level trough over the Great Lakes will continue a northerly flow of colder air over Ohio to start the new year. 

    Temperatures will be much below normal over Ohio in the beginning of January.  The upper level trough will move away in the middle of the month and a west to east flow across the U.S. will develop.  The westerly winds will bring milder air from the Pacific Ocean across the U.S. 

    There will not be a lot of big storms during January, but several storms will drop rain and snow.  In addition, the northerly flow could produce periods of lake-effect snow in the typical places near Lake Erie. 

    Overall, the total precipitation in January should be near normal for the entire month. 

  • 15 Dec 2017 9:16 AM | Deleted user

    The board of the Ohio Turfgrass Research Trust (OTRT), the 501(c)(3) charitable arm of OTF, has recently voted to begin utilizing funds from its Founders Club account to fund new programs geared toward meeting the needs of industry professionals.

    The board recently formed a Grants Committee which will develop policies and criteria for use of Founders Club funds as well as review grant applications.

    The Grants Committee is comprised of the following individuals:

    Dr. Charles Darrah, CLC LABS (Committee Chair)
    Ryan Gregoire, Agricultural Design
    Mark Grunkemeyer, Buckeye Ecocare
    Kent Turner, Kenwood Country Club
    Jason Straka, Fry Straka Global Golf Course Design
    John Prusa, Highpoint Lawn Care/Turfware Equipment
    Dr. Zane Raudenbush, Ohio State University - ATI

    Founders Club contributors will be surveyed in the near future to gain insight into areas of interest for funding. This feedback will help steer the committee's review of grant proposals and allocation of support.

    To learn more about OTRT and the Founders Club or to become a donor, CLICK HERE.

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