WCTA Announces 2014 Research Project Funding

12.01.11-WCTA-in-PullmanWA200Current priorities for WCTA turfgrass research funding are as follows:

  • Nutrient and fertility management, best management practices 
  • Soil and root-zone management, best management practices 
  • Evaluation of alternatives to pesticides 
  • Irrigation and water use issues (water quality and reducing water usage) 
  • Investigations into the biology, ecology and management of current and emerging pests 
  • Alternative cultivar and species for new turf construction, integration and conversion into existing turf areas 
  • Species/cultivar evaluation and improved management practices for areas of heavy traffic and wear tolerance

As recommended by the Research Committee, the WCTA Board is pleased to announce approved 2014 Turf Research project funding as follows:

Project Title: Canadian Turf Research Foundation Cooperative Funding

The CTRF collects and distributes research monies much like the WCTA but on a National Scale.  We have contributed to this collaborative approach to research funding annually since 1992. 

PROJECT LENGTH:   multiple projects / varies
Note that at time of writing, CTRF project funding details had not been released

Project Title: Evaluation of Alternative Management Strategies to Reduce or Eliminate the Use of Fungicides for Control of Microdochium Patch, Oregon State University

More money is spent on fungicides to control Microdochium patch than any other turfgrass disease in Western Canada and the Pacific Northwest United States. Turfgrass managers continue to be scrutinized when it comes to pesticide use for the control of problematic turf pests. This project will evaluate cultural practices as well as new alternative products that have shown potential to control Microdochium patch. Each component will be evaluated individually and upon completion of the two year research project be integrated into a complete management program for the control of Microdochium patch with the intent of greatly reducing or eliminating fungicide use.


Project Title: Investigation of the Okanagan Valley resident  Canada  goose sub-population to assist with strategic goose management

Our goal is to continue investigating the resident (i.e. non-migratory) sub-population of Canada geese that reside within the Okanagan Valley. Our study will help determine how geese use the valley spatially and temporally. In doing so we expect to discover a) if the population is closed (e.g. new geese do not immigrate into or emigrate from the population, and population growth occurs from locally nesting birds), b) if the goose population seasonally fluctuates due to migration patterns of non-resident geese (e.g. do migratory Canada geese that have nested in northern Canada boost the valley sub-population during spring and fall migration or winter?), and c) if the valley goose sub-population uses the entire valley or if geese restrict their movements to specific areas (e.g. do geese in specific communities use only the respective community region or do they migrate along the valley and to what extent?). Understanding these questions will be extremely advantageous to designing and implementing management techniques to alleviate conflict with resident Canada geese and reduce goose-related damage and management costs.



Thanks to all those who have supported the Turf Research and through it,  betterment of the Turf Industry from ongoing continued investigation and research.  And of course, best of luck to the Researchers with this year’s projects!