Submitted to: Extension Publications
Publication Type: Research Notes
Publication Acceptance Date: 7/21/2006
Publication Date: 7/27/2006
Citation: Rice, P.J., Horgan, B. 2006. Understanding nutrient and pesticide loss with runoff from fairway turf. Extension Publications. p. 6.
Technical Abstract: The use of fertilizers and pesticides on highly managed turf has raised questions concerning their contribution to surface water contamination. To address these questions we designed experiments that would measure the quantity of fertilizers and pesticides transported with runoff from fairway turf, and evaluate the ability of turf management practices to reduce the transport of applied chemicals with runoff. Both chemical application strategies and cultural practices were evaluated. Our overall goal is to identify management practices that maximize fertilizer and pesticide retention at the site of application, thereby improving desired results of turf maintenance and pest control while minimizing environmental impacts. Results of this research provide information that will allow for informed decisions on best management practices, determine chemical application strategies to reduce off-site transport of applied compounds, and can be utilized in model simulations to assess potential environmental impacts.