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  • Golf Turfgrass Management Certificate Program

    Location:

    Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The certificate program in Turfgrass Management with a golf course emphasis directs toward preparing students for a rewarding career as a golf course superintendent or other career options in the golf industry.  This 18-month technical training program consists of two 15-week semesters and two 10-week semesters, totaling 54 credit hours of instruction.  Students will take coursework in soil and landscape science, turfgrass management, plant biology, turfgrass irrigation, pesticide and fertilizer application, turf design and construction, golf course design & construction, and landscape maintenance. Electives in communication, leadership, design, and safety are available based on the student’s background and interests. The program in Golf Turf Management provides students with a solid background in plant science along with the specific expertise and skills needed for a career in golf course supervision and management.

  • Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Resources for the Green Industry

    Location:

    Online

    Description:

    Correctly identifying the pest is the first step in IPM problem-solving. Our pocket-sized scouting guides and their related web pages feature common diseases, insect pests and beneficial species. Those for the green industry include guides for:

    •     IPM Scouting in herbaceous perennials
    •     IPM Scouting in woody landscape plants
    •     Identifying weeds in nurseries and landscapes
    •     Identifying natural enemies that offer you biological control.
  • Landscape and Nursery Resources

    Description:

    Includes seasonal updates and advice; weather resources; scouting resources; and current green industry issues.

  • Landscape Management Certificate Program (Muskegon, Sidney, Traverse City, and Wayne County, MI)

    Location:

    • Wayne County Community College District--Downriver Area: Taylor, MI
    • Muskegon Community College: Muskegon, MI
    • Montcalm Community College: Sidney, MI
    • Northwestern Michigan College: Traverse City, MI

    Description:

    The Landscape Management program provides training for students to select, use, and manage landscape plants and lawns. Students obtain a working knowledge of plant growth, development, and identification which prepares them for careers in the green industry.

    This partnership allows students to earn a certificate from the MSU Institute of Agricultural Technology (IAT) while working toward an associate degree from a local college The partnership between the two institutions benefits those who seek employment in agriculture, landscaping, and the fruit and vegetable industry.

     

  • Michigan Turfgrass Environmental Stewardship Program

    Location:

    7113 Demerly Road, Benzonia, MI 49616

    Description:

    This program is intended to organize efforts of state agencies, Michigan State University (MSU), and environmental advocacy groups to advance the environmental stewardship of the Turfgrass industry and to recognize environmental achievements. This program is based around 12 modules that need to be completed for certification. Once completed a site visit is conducted to verify all items are completed by a trained MTESP Stewardship Specialist.

  • Michigan Turfgrass Growing Degree Day Tracker Web Site

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.gddtracker.net/

    Description:

    The Michigan Turfgrass Growing Degree Day Tracker Website helps golf course managers predict the best timing for applications. This site uses predictive models that incorporate climatological data, which provides more consistent results than using the calendar. The site starts calculating growing degree days on March 1, and lists the latest totals for 91 weather stations across Michigan. The totals are updated daily throughout the spring.

  • MSU Turf Weeds.net

    Location:

    Online at: http://www.msuturfweeds.net/

    Description:

    This Website describes the key identification characteristics of common and not-so-common turfgrass weeds found in Michigan and the Midwest. Correct identification is the first step to proper management, and this site is filled with over 320 images to help professionals manage their turf.

  • Turfgrass Information Center and Database

    Location:

    100 Library, MSU, East Lansing, MI, 48824.

    Description:

    The Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) database has over 140,000 searchable items using over 300,000 keywords, covering the full scope of the turfgrass industry. TIC organizes, summarizes, and points to the most comprehensive, publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. The Center collects materials on turf research, turf culture, and the management of turf facilities; develops and continually refines an online system to provide access to the collected material; and helps individuals identify and locate materials in the collection and on the Web.

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