UCRTRAC

University of California Riverside Turfgrass Research Advisory Committee

The UCR Turfgrass Research Advisory Committee (UCRTRAC), consisting of 18 industry, university and government organization partners, was established in 1996 to form an industry-wide linkage between UCR and the turfgrass industries in southern California. Recently, other organizations which are indirectly involved with turfgrass have joined UCRTRAC. Contributing member organizations make financial contributions to UCRTRAC research and education efforts and Affiliate member organizations provide additional expertise, experience and insight which increases the ability of UCRTRAC to achieve its mission, vision and goals. Every dollar donated to UCRTRAC has helped to generate approximately 1.7 dollars in turf research grants, January 1996 to present.

Updated July 2009

Information about UCRTRAC
Member Organizations | Mission of UCRTRAC | Vision of UCRTRAC | Goals |
Research and Educational Needs Assessment of the Southern California Turfgrass Industries

News and Publications
UCRTRAC News | UCRTRAC Accumulative Research Summary | Better Turf Thru Agronomics | Related Publications: News from the UCR Turf Program




Member Organizations

  California Golf Course Owners Association (Affiliate)
  California Golf Course Superintendents Association (Affiliate)
  California Sod Producers Association
  Coachella Valley Association of Governments (CVAG)
  Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD) (Affiliate)
  Golf Course Superintendents Association of Southern California
  Hi-Lo Desert Golf Course Superintendents Association
  San Diego Golf Course Superintendents Association
 
South Coast Air Quality Management District (AQMD)
  Southern California Golf Association
  Southern California Section, Professional Golfers' Association of America
  Southern California Turfgrass Council
  Southern California Turfgrass Foundation
  Sports Turf Managers Association – Greater L.A. Basin Chapter
  University of California Riverside
  University of California Riverside Extension – Natural Resources (Affiliate)
  United States Golf Association (Affiliate)
  Women's Southern California Golf Association

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Mission of UCRTRAC

The mission of UCRTRAC is to focus on southern California turfgrass research issues and be a leader in educational dissemination and public awareness.

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Vision of UCRTRAC

The vision of UCRTRAC is to provide leadership through an industry-university partnership with the purpose of addressing turfgrass issues in southern California. The organization enhances the collaborative efforts of researchers, educators and practitioners to identify and solve challenges that face the turfgrass industries. UCRTRAC focuses on environmental stewardship and provides a central clearinghouse for factual, forward-thinking turfgrass research and policy making decisions. The organization is active in identifying and providing funding support to achieve mutually agreed upon goals.

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Goals of UCRTRAC (in priority)

  1. To maintain a leadership role in influencing turfgrass research in southern California.
  2. To continue to strengthen the communication process between UCR and turfgrass organizations by identifying researchable issues and implementing focused research to answer current and emerging issues. Also, it is to enhance the dissemination of results and information widely.
  3. To provide an objective resource for decision makers regarding the public perception of the value of turfgrass and its culture.
  4. To expand funding for turfgrass research by acting as an "umbrella" group that fosters cooperation, coordination and broader participation among turfgrass interests

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Research and Educational Needs Assessment of the Southern California Turfgrass Industries
Research and Education Industry Needs
 

General
Turfgrass
and Sod
Production

Golf Course
Turfgrass
Research Needs      

1. Irrigation water use and efficiency, including utilization of effluent water

 
X
X
2. Impact of turfgrass chemicals and fertilizers on the environment  
X
X
3. Unbiased product testing (fertilizers, pesticides, equipment, etc.)  
X
X

4. Unbiased cultivar evaluations

 
X
X

5. Production of quality putting greens:
    • Annual bluegrass/creeping bentgrass summer decline
    • Managing/controlling annual bluegrass
    • Wear/traffic issues
    • Pest control
    • Soil compaction and salinity issues
    • Spring transition of overseeded bermudagrass

   
X




6. Wear/traffic issues, including safety and playability  
X
X
7. Pest control, including integrated pest management (IPM) and biological control  
X
X
       
Education Needs      
1. Articles that would be in-depth, unbiased specific issue-analysis reports  
X
X
2. Accessible, user-friendly research/education reports  
X
X
       
Other      
1. The ability to respond to sudden research and education industry needs

 
X
X

June 1996

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UCRTRAC News

Archive

 

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UCRTRAC Accumulative Research Summary

The Accumulative Research Summary provides the most recent reporting on past and current studies in a brief outline format along with associated Final Reports.

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Better Turf Thru Agronomics

Better Turf Thru Agronomics is a periodic newsletter produced by UCRTRAC which includes updates and summaries of ongoing and completed research by UCR turf researchers and Extension personnel affiliated with the UCR Turfgrass Research Program. Topical issues, industry news, and event announcements are also featured.

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Related Publications

News from the UCR Turf Program

News from the UCR Turf Program is a quarterly publication which frequently includes information regarding UCRTRAC research projects or other activities, consistent with the UCRTRAC goal to provide accessible, user-friendly research/education reports. News from the UCR Turf program includes updates of ongoing research and timely information based on research from the UCR Turfgrass Research Program published in February, May, August and November.

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