STA Synergies - TGIF


With the annual reporting of fundraising activities, projects and the 2014 joint call for proposals, research is at present highlighted in many association newsletters and publications.

The Sports Turf Association, like the WCTA, supports turfgrass research with annual donations. Research reports are available online on the websites of the Ontario Turfgrass Research Foundation (, the Canadian Turfgrass Research Foundation ( and in the research editions of The Turf Line News. In addition, the STA contributes to the ongoing expansion and availability of the Michigan State University’s Turfgrass Information File (TGIF) through our subscription support.

Association members enjoy complete subscriber access to TGIF, the most comprehensive publicly available collection of turfgrass educational materials in the world. The Turfgrass Information File database now has 210,000+ records with 50%+ linked to the full text of the item. Browsing options include ‘What’s New in Turfgrass Research’.

Looking for information? Here’s an example:

Search Parameters
Keyword:  Winter maintenance
Limit by Industry Sector: Sports turf
Dig Deeper (Search Full Text): √

Search Results Number of titles retrieved: 989

Excerpt of titles retrieved:
1) Winter overseeding athletic fields update: 2013,
2) Staff development: In wet summers and snowy winters,
3) Winter worries of a different kind, 4
) Putting your turf to bed for winter, and 985 more!

For further information on Michigan State University’s Turfgrass Information Centre and the Turfgrass Information File, visit the TIC website (

STA member access is via the Michael J. Bladon Educational Link in the Members Only section of the website (

You don’t have to know everything. You just have to know where to find it ~ Albert Einstein












bout GTI Home to the Sports Turf Association, the Guelph Turfgrass Institute was established in 1987 to conduct research and extension and provide information on turfgrass production and management to members of the Canadian turfgrass industry. Part of the University of Guelph, the institute is supported by the university, the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Food and the turfgrass industry. The first of its kind in Canada, the institute is already recognized as a world-class centre for research, extension work and professional development for the study of turf. Building on the University of Guelph's long-standing expertise in turfgrass science, the research activities of the institute continue to focus in areas such as the environmental aspects of pesticide use (fate and persistence), evaluation of grass species, varieties and seeding methods, sports field construction, fertility and management programs, pesticide use and the biological and cultural control of diseases and weeds.