April 7, 2014
Spring work is finally getting underway at Iowa State. One of the first big projects at athletics is the renovation of one of the football practice fields. The guys from the Iowa Cubs in Des Moines brought down their new "Fraise" mower (http://buckeyeturf.osu.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=1225&catid=1:latest-news&Itemid=170) to strip the field this morning. Sports Turf Manager Tim Van Loo is planning to seed the field tomorrow with 10 lbs of Kentucky bluegrass per 1000 sq ft. He will then lightly topdress with sand and cover the field with tarps until germination. This will be a very interesting experiment. I will keep you posted on how things go.
The field is sand-based and was previously established with a Kentucky bluegrass/perennial ryegrass combination. As was the case in a number of Iowa perennial ryegrass fields, the rye didn't take our cold winter very well. I am looking forward to seeing how a Kentucky bluegrass turf performs on the field through the coming season.