The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre (PTRC) is one of only two turfgrass research facilities in Canada, and it is designed to gather information on our short growing season. With an estimated 310,000-415,000 hectares of managed turf covering Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, the development of products, process, and practices, enhances human health and wellness and lessens the environmental impact of the turfgrass industry. The PTRC helps develop products such as low risk pesticides, organic products and drought tolerant grasses that require less water, creating safer and more environmentally friendly recreational areas. 

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Turfgrass Research

The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre (PTRC) is one of only two turfgrass research facilities in Canada, and it is designed to gather information on our short growing season. With an estimated 310,000-415,000 hectares of managed turf covering Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba, the development of products, process, and practices, enhances human health and wellness and lessens the environmental impact of the turfgrass industry. The PTRC helps develop products such as low risk pesticides, organic products and drought tolerant grasses that require less water, creating safer and more environmentally friendly recreational areas.

PTRC Goals

  • To establish the PTRC as a reliable research centre in connection with partners throughout Canada and North America.

  • To enhance the social and environmental benefits of turfgrass by providing organizations, producers, municipalities and individuals with the knowledge to effectively care for it.

  • To expand and develop the Canadian turfgrass industry by introducing new strains of grass capable of thriving within Canadian climates

Services

The PTRC provides testing and analysis for products relating to the turfgrass industry. I’s main services include:

Turfgrass Chemical Trials

Tests herbicide, fungicide and fertilizer products and analyses their effects on turfgrass.

Turfgrass Species Trials

Tests and evaluates new strains and species of grass in the Canadian climate.

Turfgrass Equipment Trials

Tests and evaluates equipment used for the management and care of turfgrass.

Turfgrass Research

Turgrass research delves into all aspects of turf and it’s ecological needs. In order to best meet the needs of the industry and develop it further for a sustainable future, the PTRC does research into:

  • Turfgrass management

  • Drought and stress tolerance testing

  • Traffic simulation testing

  • Pesticides and nutrient management


Partners and Providers

Partners

Various provincial municipalitiesSyngenta AGAdama Agricultural SolutionsNeudorff
NufarmTurfgrass Producers International (TPI)National Turfgrass Evaluation Program (NTEP)

  

Turfgrass Seed and Sod Producers

BarenbrugColumbia SeedsGO SEEDBluegrass NurseryPure Seed Company

Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation (ATRF)

The Alberta Turfgrass Research Foundation is a not-for-profit society whose mission is to implement applied research, and to promote and disseminate industry knowledge and research results through environmentally sound methods of turfgrass management. The ATRF receives funding through memberships, donations and by providing consulting services. The foundation has existed since 1986 and strives towards growing the turfgrass and research communities for the benefit of both turfgrass managers and the people that use them.

Become an ATRF Member