The turfgrass twilight zone

An empty kei-truck in a Japanese golf course maintenance yard.

When I was reading the 1952 report of the “Turf Committee” from that year’s annual meeting of the American Society of Agronomy, I was looking specifically for use of the word turf, or turf grass, or turfgrass. This 1952 report was the final one from the “turf committee;” by 1953 they would recommend use of the word “turfgrass."

I came across other remarks in the 1952 report that are interesting and perhaps even relevant today. Some recommendations from the committee included:

  • vigorous attacks from every quarter against the flagrant merchandising of nostrums
  • grow good grass to minimize weed problems
  • It’s unwise to promote soil conditioning materials wih a nearly complete lack of research data
  • research programs will do well to determine “MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS” in everything. Those were their capital letters too, not mine.
  • and the wonderful “Twilight Zone” comments, for what we today call the “transition zone”

quotes from 1952 turf committee report in Agronomy Journal

Micah Woods
Micah Woods

Scientist, author, consultant, and founder of the Asian Turfgrass Center