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What does topdress mean and why is it done?

Topdress means to spread a layer of sand or sand plus organic material over the turf surface. The material is then redistributed by dragging a mat or section of chain link fence to move the sand from the high spots to the low spots. Topdressing evens the surface of the field, helps prevent thatch build up by providing a more favorable environment for microorganisms, and prolongs the effects of aeration by physically preventing hole closure. Topdressing is done routinely on golf greens and is used on sports fields and other fine turf when soil compaction or thatch problems develop.

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Two men kneel over a square test plot and feel the texture of the sod.
Filed Under: Weed Control for Crops, Turfgrass and Lawn Management October 13, 2017

Mississippi’s sod producers experienced good news and bad news from 2017 weather conditions. Jay McCurdy, turfgrass specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said the good news was a modestly warm spring with timely rainfall provided good growing conditions for most of the state’s sod farms. The bad news was the same weather promoted the growth of weeds and fungal diseases.

Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management September 18, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss.—A turfgrass specialist at Mississippi State University is receiving a major national accolade.

Jay McCurdy is the latest young professional recognized by the Crop Science Society of America for making significant contributions to the field within seven years of completing a final academic degree. He will accept the CSSA 2017 Early Career Award and accompanying $2,000 stipend late next month at the organization’s annual meeting in Tampa, Florida.

A Tennessee native reared on a sod farm in the Gibson County city of Dyer, McCurdy came to MSU two years ago after completing an Auburn University doctorate in agronomy and soils. He earned earlier degrees at University of Tennessee campuses in Martin and Knoxville.

Fall armyworms plague many Mississippi pastures, lawns and sports fields, but vigilance and prompt treatment can limit their damage. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Blake Layton)
Filed Under: Insects-Crop Pests, Insects-Home Lawns, Turfgrass and Lawn Management June 23, 2017

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Although 2016 brought unusually heavy infestations of and damage from fall armyworms, vigilance and prompt treatment can limit damage this year.

Blake Layton, entomologist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said fall armyworms were a problem in commercial hayfields, home lawns, sports fields, golf courses and commercial landscapes last year.

William Ruffin, a research associate with the Department of Plant and Soil Sciences at Mississippi State University, mows turf research plots at the R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center Sept. 8, 2016. (Photo by MSU Extension Service/Kat Lawrence)
Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management September 9, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Demand for turfgrass in Mississippi is stabilizing as housing starts trend up nationally.

Jay McCurdy, turfgrass specialist with the Mississippi State University Extension Service, said favorable weather, coupled with optimism in the national housing market, is welcome news to the state’s sod growers.

Filed Under: Turfgrass and Lawn Management July 14, 2016

STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Professional turfgrass managers can learn about innovations in turfgrass and landscape management strategy during the 2016 Turfgrass Research Field Day Aug. 23.

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