MSU Virtual Turf School 2020

The MSU Turf School is a course designed to teach the basics of turfgrass science as well as the practical techniques of managing turfgrass. The school will be "team taught" by MSU turfgrass faculty and staff. The curriculum is designed to deliver a wide range of turfgrass management topics including basic soils and soil management, turfgrass species identification, selection and physiology, turf establishment and renovation, fertilization, proper pesticide use, and environmental stewardship. A significant portion of the school is dedicated to weed, insect, and disease identification and management. The strength of the school lies within the depth of the turfgrass faculty at MSU. This will provide an excellent opportunity for one-on-one interaction between participants and the MSU turfgrass faculty. This is your chance to get to know the MSU Turf Team - all team members instruct, that includes.....Vargas, Rogers, Crum, Frank, Nikolai, Smitley, Merewitz and Dykema - if you know the name but not the face, this is your chance to meet the team and get all your questions answered!

Who Should Attend?

Anyone looking to add to their turf knowledge - the school starts with the turf basics and expands from there throughout the month. Past attendees include golf course employees without formal training, lawn care company employees, turfgrass equipment technicians, industry sales representatives, and school employees responsible for grounds and athletic fields.

What is Covered?

Topics include: turfgrass species and cultivars, establishment and renovation, nutrition and fertilizers, weed, insect, and disease management, turfgrass soils, cultivation and compaction.

Where and When?

NEW for 2020 the school will be virtual with programs being taught through Zoom. Participants will be able to select specific sessions or add all at a discounted rate. All programs will run 9 a.m.-12 p.m. EST.

Program Dates:

  • December 1: Turfgrass Species and Establishment – Dr. Trey Rogers
  • December 3: Turfgrass Soils – Dr. Jim Crum
  • December 8: Turfgrass Nutrition, Fertilizers, and Programming – Dr. Kevin Frank
  • December 9, 9-11 a.m. EST: Turfgrass Environmental Stress – Dr. Emily Merewitz
  • December 10: Turfgrass Diseases – Dr. Joe Vargas, Jr. and Nancy Dykema
  • December 15: Turfgrass Weeds – Dr. Thom Nikolai
  • December 17: Turfgrass Insects – Dr. David Smitley

Credits! Need some MDARD credits or GCSAA education points? Turf school is the place to clean up. Turf School has been approved for 20 MDARD pesticide recertification credits available in categories Commercial Core, 3A, 3B, and 6. Each session was awarded 3 pesticide recertification credits with the exception of the Dec. 9 session which was awarded 2 credits. Participants must attend the program live for the entire time period to be awarded credit hours. Partial credit will not be awarded.

How Much? Sessions are $35 each or attend all for a discounted rate of $200.

Registration for MSU Turf School is open.

Registration closes at 11:59 p.m. on December 15, 2020.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Kevin Frank at