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OJ Noer Turfgrass Research and Education Facility
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The O.J. Noer facility was developed by the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association in partnership with the UW Foundation and the Agricultural Research Stations in the early 1990s, opening in 1992. The station stated with 13 acres; 3 more were added in the late 1990s and an additional 10 were added in the early 2000s to accommodate a growing need for research space.
Researchers use the Noer facility to compare different turfgrass varieties, mowing practices, equipment and strategies for fertilizer, irrigation and pest management. The station is also used to evaluate prairie and ornamental grasses. Environmental protection is another important research goal. Researchers use the Noer facility to evaluate cultural practices and turfgrass varieties that require less use of pesticides and fertilizer while still maintaining quality landscapes.
The Noer facility also plays an important educational role. Classes in horticulture, soils, entomology and plant pathology often meet at the facility. Professionals from turf related industries hold seminars at Noer. The facility is also home to the UW-Madison Turfgrass Diagnostic Lab. Every summer the Noer facility cooperates with the Wisconsin Turfgrass Association in conducting a field day where researchers present their latest findings.Goals
- Promote development of a comprehensive turfgrass research program that
- Addresses social, economic, and environmental problems and concerns arising from turfgrass use and management
- Generates a multi-disciplinary systems approach
- Involves participation in regional and national studies