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Pioneering the Future

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Turfgrass Research 2008

Abstract:

One of the most important challenges facing the turfgrass industry is the increasingly limited supply of water for irrigation. Consequently, water conservation and improving turfgrasses’ resistance to drought stresses have become increasingly important. Turf managers commonly face drought, which can occur anywhere in the United States. In 2004, a task group from the Environmental Institute for Golf concluded that future water availability is a serious issue in the western United States, there is a lack of data on water use in many states, and state and local drought restrictions may be imposed on turf managers with no regard for damage to turfgrasses. Nevertheless, clients and the public (e.g., golfers at private and public facilities, participants at outdoor sporting events, and lawn owners) express displeasure when turfgrass is not of expected quality when irrigation is restricted.