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About PTRC

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 was formed in 1989 and has effectively provided a “home” for turfgrass research in the Canadian Prairie Provinces.


4 putting greens

4 putting greens (20,000 square feet total)

phase 2 seeded

Phase 2 (seeded July 2nd, 2015) which doubled our plot size to 5 acres total

plots during t.u.r.f. day

The plots during T.U.R.F. Day

rain out shelters

Rain out shelters used for drought trials


controlled environment - inside

Inside one of our controlled environment facilities

controlled environment - outside

Controlled environment facility

growth chamber

One of our 2 controlled growth chambers

growth chamber - inside

Inside one of our growth chambers