The grass is greener thanks to online turfgrass pathology course

groundWhether on a roadside, rest area, park, or lawn, turfgrass diseases can significantly damage turf in the Midwest. As governmental agencies continue to regulate inputs on turfgrass, it is important for managers to know how to meet new turfgrass management challenges—especially concerning diseases.

An online course from the University of Minnesota’s College of Continuing Education gives turfgrass managers the expertise necessary for controlling diseases in this challenging environment. The curriculum was created under the guidance of Associate Professor Eric Watkins of the Department of Horticultural Science. He also serves as the course’s content advisor.

The course prepares students to diagnose Upper Midwest turfgrass diseases and then determine control measures using both cultural and chemical methods. It is presented in Moodle, an e-learning platform that uses a number of interactive instructional tools. Cost is $75, and 12 professional development hours (PDHs) may be earned.

New this spring, the course counts as one elective credit in the Minnesota Local Technical Assistance Program (LTAP) Roads Scholar program. (Minnesota LTAP is a program within CTS.) Aimed at maintenance personnel, the Roads Scholar Program combines a range of training options into a structured curriculum. Graduates earn a valuable professional development credential.

Read the full article in the April issue of Catalyst.

Posted in Environment, Maintenance, Workforce development

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