NATIONAL TURFGRASS EVALUATION PROGRAM
Floral and Nursery Plants Research Unit
2013 Annual Report
1a.Objectives (from AD-416):
To develop and coordinate uniform evaluation trials of turfgrass varieties and promising selections in the United States and Canada.
1b.Approach (from AD-416):
Coordinated national tests to increase the cost effectiveness of cultivar evaluations by reducing the total amount of time and resources necessary to obtain the information needed on performance of cultivars.
This is the final report for this project. The National Turfgrass Evaluation Program evaluated trials of perennial ryegrass, tall fescue, fineleaf fescue, bentgrass, bermudagrass, zoysiagrass, seashore paspalum, St. augustinegrass and cool-season drought in 2012. A new trial of tall fescue was established at twenty-three locations in 2012. New trials of bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and warm-season grasses for putting greens were established in spring and summer 2013. Data collected in 2012 was submitted, statistically analyzed and published on all trials in spring 2013. Data collected included turfgrass quality ratings for each month of the growing season, color, leaf texture, density, ratings of tolerance to stresses such as drought and cold, along with evaluations of tolerance to various diseases.