October 14 , 2008

Posted: January 19, 2009

Volume 2, No. 4

Paul Heller, Professor of Entomology, PSU


A new sports turf manual is now available from the New York State Turfgrass Association. This is a practical guide to sports turf maintenance written by Ms. Joann Gruttadaurio for turf professionals who manage scholastic and community high-use sports fields. The new manual provides valuable information on how to maintain safe sports fields to maximize player safety and performance. It includes information on routine maintenance practices, management programs, turf challenges and decisions, frequently asked questions and sport turf management resources. Plus, a useful sports turf field assessment sheet is provided with a rating system to help sports turf professionals decide if they should continue current management practices or reassess their management programs. The manual includes illustrations, photos and tables provide clear and concise information on best management practices for sports field maintenance.

Sports Field Management can be purchased for $15 plus shipping and handling by going to . Click on 2008 Sports Turf Manual on the right hand side of the screen for detailed information on this publication. If you would like to order the manual over the phone then please call their office at 518-783-1229.


It is interesting to note that scarab white grub populations in central Pennsylvania were observed in lower numbers when compared to spring populations. Grub counts completed this past spring (2008) at the Valentine Turfgrass Research Center averaged ca. 21.0 grubs per square foot. This fall grub populations sampled at Penn State were less than half those numbers observed during the spring. It would appear that the hot dry summer weather with minimal rainfall may have negatively impacted white grub populations. Another interesting point was that the predominant scarab grub species observed in central Pennsylvania was Japanese beetle. Over the past five year interval the predominant species had been northern masked chafer. Thus, grub populations and species continue to be an interesting aspect of turfgrass pest management decision making.