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Organic Management of Turfgrass: a Comparison of Composts in Monroe, Nassau, Tompkins, and Tioga Counties 2000

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Project Leaders: Jana Lamboy and Jennifer Grant (New York State IPM Program), Cornell Cooperative Extension: Brian Eshenaur (Monroe County), Walter Nelson (Chemung County) and Tamson Yeh (Nassau County)

Cooperators: Eric Nelson, Joann Gruttadaurio, Joseph Esnard, Frank Rossi, Marty Petrovic and Leslie Weston (Cornell University); Roger Casterline (Ithaca College);

James Nawojski and Gunther Fishgold (Bion Technologies)

Abstract: The application of composts for improvement of athletic fields is being demonstrated in four areas of the state: Monroe, Nassau, Tioga, and Tompkins County. Several composted materials were applied at varied rates in the spring and fall of 2000. Turfgrass quality, soil nutrients, disease suppressiveness, nematode populations and pest occurrence are being monitored. Significant differences among treatments were not seen in the first season, but are expected within the next two years. Valuable information was gained in 2000 on application techniques.