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2024 Turfgrass Research Field Day

September 19, 2024

972 Highway 182, Starkville, MS

2024 Turfgrass Research Field Day

The Turfgrass Research Field Day and Expo will take place at the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station (MAFES) R.R. Foil Plant Science Research Facility (North Farm) in Starkville, MS on September 19, 2024.

Who should attend?

Who should attend?

County Extension Agents, Lawn Care Professionals, Golf Course Managers, Sports Field Managers, Coaches, School Superintendents, Turf and Landscape Students, Landscape Architects. Homeowners are welcome, but the event is intended for industry professionals and county agents.

What time?


Where: 972 Highway 182, Starkville, MS 39759 (Map).

When: Check-in and registration starts at 7:00 am. The event kicks off promptly at 8:30 am.


Can I register on-site?

Yes, $115 for professionals. However, it is cheaper to register online. The fee for online registration is $100 for professionals. Register Today

What if it rains?

What if it rains?

Our contingency plan is to delay until rains have passed while having indoor learning activities at R. R. Foil Plant Science Research Center.


How can I sponsor?

Those interested in sponsoring the field day should register online here. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Jay McCurdy at

Continuing Education

Continuing education


Time Topic Presenters
7:00 am Registration Opens  
8:30 am Warm-Season Turfgrass Breeding Marta Pudzianowska and Geoff Lalk
9:20 am Turfgrass Weeds Jay McCurdy and Amy Wilber
10:10 am Turfgrass Best Management Practices Barry Stewart and Jason Eberhard
11:00 am Vendor Tradeshow Opens  
12:00 Noon Lunch  
Pesticide applicator/CEU training will be held in the newly renovated Headhouse building adjacent to the turf facility. Attendees wishing to complete CEUs for the following states/entities must remain present until adjourning (AL, FL, GA, LA, MS, TN, TX, GCSAA, SFMA applied for). No exceptions will be made.
12:45 pm Insect Pests of Commercial Turfgrass Blake Layton
1:35 pm Turfgrass Diseases Alan Henn
2:25 pm Pesticide Safety and Regulations Update Gene Merkle
3:15 pm Adjourn