Presentation is loading. Please wait.

Presentation is loading. Please wait.

The Next Generation Creeping Bentgrass is Here. Newer bents vs. existing bents Short bentgrass development history –Varieties have different attributes.

Similar presentations

Presentation on theme: "The Next Generation Creeping Bentgrass is Here. Newer bents vs. existing bents Short bentgrass development history –Varieties have different attributes."— Presentation transcript:

1 The Next Generation Creeping Bentgrass is Here

2 Newer bents vs. existing bents Short bentgrass development history –Varieties have different attributes –Overall quality is important Introduce Independence Creeping bentgrass Density and management Trial site ratings and photos Even newer generation on the way Video – new construction with Independence

3 Bentgrass Development History Penncross – 1955 –Superintendents have experience managing it –Aggressive, prostrate growth habit –Not as dense as newer varieties –Not as disease tolerant –Not able to withstand Poa encroachment as well –More management issues occurred as expectations increased and the height of cut was lowered over the years

4 Bentgrass Development History PennLinks - 1986 –Originally developed primarily for greens –More upright growth habit PennEagle – 1978 –Originally developed primarily for fairways –Improvements over Penncross Penn A’s & G’s- early 90’s –Much more dense –Designed to handle lower height of cut –More intense management practices

5 Bentgrass Development History Southshore, Crenshaw, Providence,Century, SR 1119, Seaside,etc. –All were pretty good varieties when introduced in 80’s –90’s –Some were introduced to fit certain niches L-93 – released in mid 90’s –Developed at Rutgers University –Not as dense as new Penn varieties –Good disease resistance –Has become more widely accepted –Being used on fairways, greens, and tees

6 Independence Development History Long process to develop any new variety Independence is the first of a new generation Development goals –Improved overall turf quality over existing varieties –Easier to manage medium density –Flexible to be used on Fairways, Tees, and Greens –Improved overall disease resistance

7 Independence Development History Selected from very large collection of plants from fairways and greens from throughout the species range starting in the early 90’s 1996-2000 – crosses and selections made Summer 2000- 23 plants selected from several breeder blocks, isolated and cross pollinated

8 Bentgrass Spaced Plant Nursery

9 Bentgrass Spaced Plant Nursery Dollar Spot trial

10 Independence Development History August 2000 - Breeder seed harvested August 2000 – Foundation field planted Jan.- March 2001- Plant breeders rougue foundation field Resulting in another generation of selection

11 Independence Development History August 2001 – Foundation field harvested and production acres planted Fall 2001 – Test plots planted at Universities August 2002 – First limited production August 2003 – First full crop available

12 Where can Independence be used? Fairways Greens Tees New construction Interseeding existing turf

13 Why is Independence so versatile? Medium density allows easier topdressing and management than more dense varieties Upright, aggressive growth habit Medium dark green color blends well with other bents Improved Dollar Spot resistance decreases management costs

14 Density Comparison (expressed in shoots per sq. inch) Penncross87-90 Pennlinks120-130 Providence150-160 L-93220-230 Independence200-230 Velvet bents350+ A-4, G-2370-380 Poa annua225

15 2003 NTEP Test Planted fall 2003 First data spring 2005 Independence Creeping bentgrass Declaration Creeping bentgrass Legendary Velvet bentgrass

16 Current Testing Sites (Previous to new NTEP) North Carolina State- Dr. Art Bruneau Virginia Tech – Dr. Eric Ervin Rutgers University – Dr. William Meyer CDGA –Dr. Randy Kane University of Nebraska – Dr. Bob Shearman

17 2002 Bentgrass Trial by NC State at CC of North Carolina Entry Low mow/ no fungicide Low mow/ with fungicide High mow/ no fungicide High mow/with fungicide Overall mean Independence5.9a6.2a6.9a7.1a6.6a Penn A-15.6ab5.8ab6.7a6.5abc6.2ab Penn A-45.2b-e5.1def6.0b6.4b-d5.7bc L-935.4a-d5.2def5.8bc5.9c-e5.6c Bengal5.0c-f5.4bcd6.0b6.1c-e5.6c Penn G-64.9d-g5.0def5.8bc5.8c-e5.4c Penncross4.4g4.4hi4.9d5.0fg4.7e LSD0.650.490.600.710.48

18 Rutgers University 2002 Fairway Creeping bent test VARIETYTURF QUALITY Independence6.2 Bengal6.1 Brighton4.9 L-934.9 Providence4.7 Southshore4.6 G-64.6 Regent4.5 Putter4.3 LSD @ 5%0.8

19 Fairway Height bentgrass trials at North Brunswick, NJ established September 2001

20 Rutgers University 2002 Greens Height Creeping bent test VarietyTurf Quality Independence5.8 Bengal5.8 Penn A-25.7 Penn A-45.5 Penn G-64.7 L-934.7 Southshore4.0 Pennlinks3.7 Penncross3.0 LSD @ 5%0.7

21 Greens height Creeping Sept. 2001 bentgrass trial at North Brunswick, NJ established

22 Greens height Creeping bentgrass trial at North Brunswick established Sept. 2001, NJ

23 Greens height Creeping bentgrass trial at North Brunswick, NJ established Sept. 2001

24 Arrowhead Golf Course New Construction Independence Creeping bentgrass on greens and tees Pennway bent blend on fairways Bluegrass sod on greens & tees surrounds Winning Colors Tall fescue blend- roughs Country Club Links Mix – far roughs

25 Arrowhead Golf Course Green seeded fall 2002

26 Fall 2002 seeded Independence Green

27 Fall 2002 seeded Independence green

28 Tee seeded with Independence using PennMulch

29 Two week old Independence tee box

30 Two week old Independence Green



33 An even newer generation is coming !


35 Arrowhead Golf Course Akron, NY Video detailing use of Independence creeping bentgrass

36 The next generation is here ! Questions ?

Download ppt "The Next Generation Creeping Bentgrass is Here. Newer bents vs. existing bents Short bentgrass development history –Varieties have different attributes."

Similar presentations

Ads by Google