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Jim Ross Wins Steel Award

Jim Ross was presented with the John B. Steel award for Distinguished Service by the CGSA at the recent Canadian and International Turfgrass Conference heldread more


Organic Matter and Anoxia 

While preparing for our anoxia studies here at the PTRC, one trend that is speculated on in the literature is the role of organic matter ... read more

How does Anoxia affect annual bluegrass' cold tolerance?

When turf is overwintering their metabolic rates slow down, however the plants respire in order to maintain plant viability.  ...  read more

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Funding from CTRF and QTRF

(PTRC) is pleased to announce further funding support from (CTRF), and (QTRF) for: Foliar Applications of N and K for improving Cold Tolerance of annual bluegrass (Poa annua L.) more

The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre

is a long standing joint partnership between Olds College/Olds College Centre for Innovation (OCCI) and the industry led Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF). The PTRC conducts research and disseminates information regarding the management of turfgrass on the Canadian prairies. read more

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Thank you Walt

We wanted to take a moment to recognize the passing of one of the ATRF’s founder Father’s, Walt Gooder. Walt was a man of action, he saw a need and he filled it. Walt recognized the need to promote and foster applied research here in the province of Alberta, so he took action. In 1984 the ATRF was born. Walt played an active role at the ATRF, through mentoring the first two research directors: Hugh Knowles and Jim Ross. He led by example and taught us all that kindness, family and friends, and a sense of adventure are what matters most. Both the ATRF and the AGSA have Walt to thank for not only being a founding father of their groups, but for building our local turfgrass community into one that is now considered family. Thank you Walt.

Walt Gooder

Getting the Word Out

We’re on Twitter! Follow us @P_T_R_C_ for an inside look at the exciting world of turfgrass research. Keep current on latest research on winter injury, fertility, snow molds, etc.


Industry News

It’s Conference Season!

This time of year in the Turf Industry is typically known as Conference Season. Options include the Golf Industry Show put on by the GCSAA in Orlando, Florida, the WCTA Conference and Trade Show in Penticton B.C., the Canadian Golf Course Management Conference put on by the CGSA in Victoria B.C., or multiple other events. Conferences are great for networking with peers, learning about new technology and/or equipment at trade shows, always have very good educational seminars and presentations, and are great places to unwind and enjoy the typically “less busy” winter season.

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