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By Cecilia Brown, Media and Content Manager for Sod Solutions   Paul Grose grew up as a preacher’s kid. Born in New Hampshire, he spent his early childhood traveling with his family in Southeast Asia as missionaries of the Methodist Church. They went from Malaya (later Malaysia) to Singapore and four years later, ended up...
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What We’re Working On: Sod BMPs Betsy McGill, Executive Director, Turfgrass Producers of Florida It’s been one of the busiest springs I can remember in terms of impactful industry issues, but many times, the work of the association (including the many hours given by volunteers) is humming along behind the scenes.  So I wanted to...
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Could a Sod Checkoff Help Florida? Casey Reynolds, Executive Director, Turfgrass Producers International Chances are by now you may have heard of the U.S. Sod Industry Checkoff initiative that is in the early stages of promotion and consideration, but if not, that’s ok too. There is plenty of time to explore it ahead of the...
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See our Jobs page for more information!  (Updated March 26/2021)
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Growing Better, The TPF Annual Meeting and Show, has been rescheduled for Thursday, April 28 and Friday, April 29 in the Tampa area.  Be sure to watch our Events page for more!
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Ribbons are slim strips of grass left behind when a sod field is harvested (in this photo, in a field of Floratam St. Augustine).  Ever notice how some turfgrasses will send out long stems with leaves attached? These runners will grow across the open spaces, develop roots, and fill in the harvested areas.  In about 6-12...
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Understanding the “New” SCMV New combination virus can cause lethal necrosis in St. Augustinegrass Key Points: The new SCMV appears to be a combination of two viruses.  A definitive test is still being developed for the second virus; it is not known when or how this virus entered the state. To date, this new SCMV...
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Don’t miss this year’s Growing Better, the 2018 TPF Annual Meeting and Field Day!  Compelling speakers, networking opportunities, and our on-farm Field Day at Lake Jem Farms promises to make this year one of our best. Click here to learn more…  
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The 2018 Winter Clippings newsletter is now online!  Read the full issue here, including these stories: Breeding a Better Bahiagrass Florida’s Constitutional Review Committee can add recommended changes directly to voters’ 2018 ballots.  Here are a few proposals causing concern… Quiet Strength co-author Nathan Whitaker to speak at 2018 Growing Better Annual Meeting Zoysia, St. Augustine...
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Bahiagrass has been a staple for Florida turf use for decades.  Originally introduced from South America in the early 1900s as a forage grass that could perform well in sandy soils, it soon gained popularity for turf applications that focused on low cost and the ability to survive without supplemental irrigation and fertilization. These characteristics...
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