NG Turf’s multiple farms throughout the state are much more than green fields of premium zoysia, bermuda, and fescue grasses. Take a closer look, and you’ll see a living, breathing laboratory for cutting edge turfgrass research.
“There is always exciting research happening in the turfgrass industry,” explains Mark McWhorter, production manager at NG Turf. “Our goal is to grow the healthiest, most consistent-looking sod available on the market today. Employing the latest advances in turfgrass research and turf-care techniques helps us do that every day.”
NG Turf Partnerships with Research Institutions
NG Turf has close ties with the UGA turfgrass research team, the Texas A&M turfgrass breeding program, and scientists at Bladerunner Farms. UGA turf scientists (creators of TifGrand, TifSport, and TifTuf bermudagrasses) use land on one of the NG Turf farms to conduct trials related to pathology and disease management, entomology and pest control, and to run evaluation programs for new varieties.
McWhorter adds, “We are also working closely with researchers from Texas A&M who are field testing a new variety of Texas bluegrass – a new variety that will remain green all year in Georgia and has better disease tolerance and summer hardiness than the green-all-year fescue varieties currently on the market.”
Bladerunner Farms, the creator of Zeon Zoysia, has thousands of varieties of zoysia in their breeding and testing programs. Several varieties have been selected for field testing in Georgia using land on each of NG Turf’s farms. Who knows… the next world-famous zoysia variety may be growing on an NG Turf farm right now!