Thursday, December 20, 2012


Nick Christians
Dec. 20, 2012

The advanced turf course, Hort 451 will be offered on line in the spring of 2013.  This is the first time that this course has been offered for off campus students.  It is available for undergraduate or minor graduate credit.  This is a two credit course, with two hours of lecture per week.

For a brief video on its content and to register, go to: 

The Basic Turf Course, Hort 351 will also be available this spring.

  This is a 3 credit course with 3 hours of lecture per week.

For more information, see: 

The cost for off campus students for either course, including those out of state or in other countries,  is:

Undergraduate credit - $277/credit
Graduate credit - $431/credit
Delivery fee - $162

If you have any questions, contact me:

Nick Christians, Ph.D.
University Professor
Iowa State University
Department of Horticulture
133 Horticulture Bldg.
Ames, IA 50011

Saturday, December 8, 2012


Nick Christians
December 8, 2012

I posted some pictures from Derek Settle a few days ago about early snow mold developing because of the unusual weather conditions.  This seems to be a growing problem.  Many superintendents put down covers at the usual time in November and then found that the unusually warm weather is resulting in pink snow mold way earlier than they are used to seeing it.

Here are some pictures from this week from my son Tim at Makray in Chicago.  They covered some newly seeded bentgrass tees to bring them in quickly.  This pink snow mold is on the mature bent surrounding the tees that was under the cover.

He rolled the covers back yesterday and put on a snow mold treatment.