By all measures, the Rutgers Turfgrass Research Field Days held on July 25 and 26, 2023, were a resounding success. Faculty, staff and students in the Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science were able to present their current research findings during three events over the two days, which attracted more than 537 people from Finland, Canada (Ontario and Quebec), and 18 states including New Jersey, CT, DE, GA, ID, IL, MD, ME, MI, NC, NH, NY, OH, OR, PA, TX, VA, and WA.
The three events include the Golf and Fine Turf field day held at Hort Farm 2 in North Brunswick, NJ on July 25th. Both the Lawn, Landscape, and Sports Turf field day and the evening Sod Tour field day were held on July 26 at the Rutgers Plant Science Research and Extension Farm near Adelphia, NJ. We were fortunate to have Brian Schilling, Director of Rutgers Cooperative Extension address the attendees during lunch at the Golf and Fine Turf field day.
Rutgers Center for Turfgrass Science thanks its partners – the New Jersey Turfgrass Association (NJTA), the Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey (SFMANJ), and the Cultivated Sod Association of New Jersey – for the many volunteers that helped the faculty, staff and students in the successful coordination and operation of these three field day events. Including volunteers, Rutgers faculty, staff, and students, and the attendees, more than 800 people were involved over the two days.
We thank Ms. Tracy Wadhams, Field Day committee chair, and other volunteer members of the NJTA, who co-sponsor Field Days. We thank SFMANJ for the planning and coordination of the Trade Show on July 26, as well as all those companies that participated. We owe a debt of gratitude to Ms. Cece Peabody, Executive Director of NJTA and her staff. A special thanks to Mrs. Anne Diglio and Ms. Barbara Fitzgerald for handling field day, mailing and registration.
Many persons and other organizations deserve credit for supporting the Turfgrass Research Field Days in the form of time volunteered, financial contributions, germplasm collections, and donations of equipment, turf chemicals and other materials. Without this help, much of the success of the Center would not be possible. We are grateful for the support of our many stakeholders.