New turf cultivars with the potential to reduce required inputs

Turf breeding programs are continually working to develop new varieties that require fewer inputs. Many of these new varieties are being used throughout the US with great success. Facilities that have established modern varieties of turf are seeing a rapid return on investment and an improved playing surface. This presentation will highlight some of the most commonly used varieties in the US and discuss how facilities are saving money by regrassing with these newer grasses.

Presented by Zach Nicoludis, Central Region Agronomist, USGA Green Section


Zach Nicoludis
USGA Green Section | Central Region Agronomist

Zach joined the Green Section in the spring of 2016 as an agronomist in the Central Region. He is based in the Columbus, Ohio, office and conducts visits in Ohio, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Canada as well as providing educational outreach throughout the Central Region.
Working on a golf course during high school inspired Zach to pursue a degree in turfgrass science at Penn State University. Upon completing his degree, he worked as an assistant superintendent at St. Clair Country Club in Pittsburgh, Pa., French Creek Golf Club in Elverson, Pa., and Bidermann Golf Course in Wilmington, Del. Zach went on to become the South Course Superintendent at Wilmington Country Club in Wilmington, Del., where he spent four years before joining the USGA Green Secti


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