Turfgrass Pathology Course

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

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Course Introduction

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.

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

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 the following website for information about PDH requirements: http://mn.gov/aelslag/conted.html

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

Audience

This course is designed for anybody who works with turfgrass: golf course superintendents, park supervisors, sports turf managers, lawn care providers, lawn and landscape maintenance employees, landscapers, etc. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Introduction to Plant Pathology
  • Cultural and Chemical Control of Turfgrass Diseases
  • Foliar Diseases of Turf
  • Patch Disease of Turf
  • Rusts and Smuts
  • Anthracnose

Registration Fee

$75 Registration Fee

Method of Instruction

This is an online course in Moodle, an e-learning platform using a number of interactive instructional tools including audio and video clips, discussion boards, formula calculators, and case studies, along with instructor feedback.

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

Logging in to the Online Courses

Upon completing your online registration, you will receive an e-mail confirmation of your registration that includes a link to access the course. Click the link provided for access.

OR

You may also access the course a second way by logging in to www.moodle.umn.edu. Instructions for completing the online course can be found in the course information within the course(s).

Technical Requirements

Moodle recommends using Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser, as some features will not work properly in other browsers.

Before you begin the course, make sure you have the necessary software so that you can successfully use all the features and tools in Moodle. To check specific computer requirements, visit the University of Minnesota Moodle Technical Requirements.

Know your University of Minnesota internet ID and temporary password, or obtain a Guest ID. (This ID is also called your web registration ID.)

Forgot your internet ID? Look it up at www.umn.edu/lookup.

Forgot your password, or never set one up? Call OIT Helpline at 612-301-4357. (When working with the OIT Helpline, let them know that you have a question related to your web registration ID.)

Contact Information

For content-related questions, contact instructor Eric Watkins at ewatkins@umn.edu or 612-624-7496.
For registration questions, contact Christine Preston at cceconf2@umn.edu or 612-624-4754.

At a glance

For content related questions, contact:
Eric Watkins
612-624-7496
ewatkins@umn.edu

For registration questions, contact:
Christine Preston
612-624-4754
cceconf2@umn.edu