Turfgrass Pathology Online Course

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  • Dates: Anytime!
  • Location: Online
  • Contact Hours: 12
  • For: Anyone managing turfgrass, from golf courses to home lawns
  • Cost: $75

Welcome to the Turfgrass Pathology online continuing education course. This course is offered via the course management system Canvas. 

Turfgrass managers are constantly dealing with turfgrass pathology problems. Whether on a golf course, home lawn, park, or athletic field, turfgrass diseases can significantly damage turf in the Midwest. As governmental agencies continue to regulate inputs on turfgrass, it will be important for turfgrass managers to know how to meet new turfgrass management challenges—especially concerning turfgrass diseases. Each disease has a unique profile and requires different tactics for effective control. This course will equip turfgrass managers with the expertise necessary for controlling diseases in this challenging environment.

Accessing the Online Course

You may access the course by logging in to canvas.umn.edu. Instructions for completing the online course can be found in the course information within the course(s).

Course Objectives

At the conclusion of this course, you should be able to diagnose the Upper Midwest turfgrass diseases presented in this course and then determine control measures for the diseases using both cultural and chemical methods. Specifically, you should be able to:

  • describe the correct procedure for taking a disease sample

  • correctly identify a disease when given visual symptoms

  • explain the signs and symptoms of major diseases

  • name effective chemical controls

  • describe possible cultural controls

Course Lessons

  • Plant Pathology Overview Part 1

  • Plant Pathology Overview Part 2

  • Cultural Control of Turf Diseases

  • Chemical Control of Turf Diseases

  • Foliar Diseases, Part 1: Dollar Spot, Red Thread, and Pink Patch

  • Foliar Diseases, Part 2: Powdery Mildew, Gray Leaf Spot, Drechslera, and Bipolaris

  • Foliar Diseases, Part 3: Snow Molds

  • Patch Diseases, Part 1: Summer Patch and Necrotic Ring Spot

  • Patch Diseases, Part 2: Take-All Patch, Pythium, and Brown Patch

  • Rusts and Smuts

  • Anthracnose and Septoria

  • Case Study

Continuing Education Credits

GCSAA Education Points

This course is approved for 1.2 GCSAA education points by the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America. These education points are applicable towards Class A and certification entry and renewal for GCSAA members. For more information, visit www.gcsaa.org.

Professional Education Hours (PDHs)

This course is available for 12 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Please visit Minnesota Board of AELSLAGID for information about PDH requirements.

Roads Scholar Credits

This is course is approved for 1.0 elective Roads Scholar credit.

Technical Requirements

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Contact Information

For registration questions: Zack McGough or Nichole Salinas

612-301-2448 | ccapsonline@umn.edu

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