TURF 435 Syllabus
TURF 435: Turfgrass Nutrition (4): Study of turfgrass nutrition and growth; emphasizing constructed and mineral soil fertility, nutrient uptake and function, and fertilizer use efficiency. Prerequisites: SOILS 101, TURF 235
Associate Professor of Turfgrass Nutrition/Soil Fertility
403 Agricultural Sciences & Industries Building
University Park, PA 16802
Email: Use ANGEL E-mail
Responsibilities and Interests
My current research objective is to maximize fertilizer use efficiency in turfgrass systems. Current projects include evaluation of fertilizer programs, cultural practices for accelerated treatment of acid soil complex, characterization of organic and inorganic soil amendment of turfgrass root zones, and development of soil sampling, analysis, and interpretation protocol on the basis of site and management-specific parameters. Future research directions include soil hydrophobicity causes, identification, and remediation, and transport modeling of nutrients in natural and constructed turfgrass soil systems. I teach Turfgrass Nutrition in the 2 and 4-year programs.
Within this course, we will take a look at turfgrass nutrition and growth with an emphasis on constructed and mineral soil fertility, nutrient uptake and function, and fertilizer use efficiency. The course material presenting this information will be offered within 10 lessons, each containing either one or more lesson quizzes, a lab exercise, or a combination of the two.
Lesson quizzes require students to demonstrate familiarity with lesson content by identifying and applying concepts and principles introduced in the associated lesson content. There are (10) lesson quizzes worth a total of 300 points.
The lab exercises require students to work in teams to:
- compile data provided
- employ formulas for transformation of data into more useful forms
- compare the results of various treatments
- apply concepts introduced in the associated lesson to make inferences and conclusions from the results
There are (6) lab exercises worth a total of 200 points.
The midterm exam is worth 240 points; and the final exam is worth 260 points. The total point value for this course is 1000 points.
Upon completion of TURF 235, students will be able to:
- Distinguish the function and requirements of plant nutrients in the turfgrasses.
- Describe how physical and chemical properties of soil affect nutrient availability, and select soil amendments to remedy soil chemical limitations.
- Discover how best to sample soil, tissue, and water; submit samples, choose appropriate specialty tests, and interpret reports.
- Identify fertilizers and application methods to satisfy site-specific nutrient requirements.
- Prepare nutrient management plans by appraising edaphic and environmental conditions and current cultural management and use.
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