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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

The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre of Olds College is happy to announce the second biennial Turfgrass Under Research Field Day on Thursday, August 24th, 2017. FREE to attend (advanced registration required), a wide variety of research being conducted at the PTRC will be covered during the morning plots tour with Research Scientist Katie Dodson, Research Associate Laura Chaves, and the rest of the PTRC research team at the turfgrass research plots. Lunch, Tailgate Tradeshow, and equipment demonstrations will follow at the research plots, and the day will end with afternoon breakout education sessions. This event is open to all members of the turfgrass community, as research projects dealing with golf course, athletic field, and Municipal Park and recreation maintenance will be discussed.

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