Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Reveille versus Kentucky Blue Grass

Reveille is a cross between Kentucky Bluegrass (Poa pratensis) and Texas Native Bluegrass (Poa arachnifera) developed by a Dr. James Read of Texas A & M.

Some advantages to this new cross are as follows according to Tony Koski, CSU Turf Specialist:

  • the grass remains vigorous in growth with the warmth and heat of summer
  • better traffic tolerance because it maintains good growth during the heat of summer
  • deep, extensive root system which helps with drought resistance and recovery from foot traffic
  • extensive and rhizomatic system which allows this grass to be a better choice for traction in sports and to be mowed at a lower height than Kentucky Bluegrass in summer weather.
  • less irrigation required

Named varieties of the Hybrid Grass are as follows:

Spitfire (Seed Research of Oregon)

Reveille (Gardner Turfgrass)

Longhorn (Scotts Turf-Seed)

This Hybrid Grass will do well up to 9000 feet in altitude.

Please go to the following link for additional information:

http://csuturf.colostate.edu/Pages/Master_Gardener.htm

Monday, April 9, 2012

Participate in the Golden Plains Area Citizen Scientist

What is a citizen scientist? Science-based projects often begin with a question best answered by numerous observers. Some projects target a specific audience, such as a school group or a whole community, and evolve to meet that group’s needs. You, the volunteer or citizen who wish to join in collecting data get to be the scientist. You get a training session on the data which you will be asked to collect. The data you collect will help Colorado State University Extension gather more information about insects, plants and trees. In turn, you become educated on a science-based project.
In the Golden Plains Area, Extension is offering participation in three projects:
1) Monitoring the locations of the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug
2) Monitoring the locations in the five counties in the Golden Plains Area of walnut trees
3) Growing an heirloom variety of tomatoes and monitoring and recording weekly data
The first project, the Brown Marmorated Stink Bug is an insect of Asian origin that was accidentally introduced into North America. It has now spread over 20 states. Extension needs a handful of volunteers in each county wishing to help us monitor this pest. It has been spotted in Fort Collins this past year in October 2011. This insect can do damage to fruit crops and soybeans. According to Rutgers University in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, New Jersey and Maryland this insect has resulted in severe damage to apple and pear producers.
The second project, monitoring locations of walnut trees and monitoring for Thousand Cankers Black Walnut Disease. This involves a broader base of volunteers. If you own a walnut tree, we would like to know. You could help us monitor Thousand Cankers Black Walnut Disease. An insect called the walnut twig beetle tunnels into the bark of trees creating cankers. The cankers are caused by a fungus.
The third project, growing an heirloom variety of tomatoes requires a limited number of volunteers in each county. If you wish to participate, you will learn cultural information and what data to collect on a weekly basis.
For any of these projects, you do not need a computer to log-in the data on-line. Extension or other volunteers can help us add the data to a spreadsheet. If you wish to help in any of these capacities, we would welcome your interest, assistance and observations. The information collected will help Extension gather important data for our local area. This will be published in fact sheets and published in other publications. So, a citizen scientist is learning some aspect of science and volunteering as our area- wide eyes and hands with data collection. You are now a scientist. If you are interested in volunteering in any of these projects, please call the Phillips County Extension Office at (970)854-3616 and ask to speak with Linda Langelo.