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Major equipment donation enhances Turf Field Laboratory


Yelverton, Bell, Wynne and Rufty (from left) admire the Toro Groundsmaster.
Photo by Daniel Kim

The College of Agriculture and Life Sciences' Lake Wheeler Turgrass Field Laboratories were particularly resplendent for Turf Field Day August 10, thanks to a gift earlier this year from Charlotte-based Smith Turf and Irrigation (STI). Bob Bell, STI vice president of turf equipment, arranged for the donation of a Toro Groundsmaster 4000-D, valued at $54,000, to the College's Center for Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education (CENTERE). Dr. Fred Yelverton and Dr. Tom Rufty, CENTERE directors, along with Dr. Johnny Wynne, dean of the College, accepted the equipment from Bell and the Toro Giving Program in ceremonies at the field laboratory.

STI has also donated the irrigation system for the field laboratory and the use of a Toro Multi-pro 1250 dedicated sprayer, two Toro Greenmaster Flex 21 mowers and a Dakota Turf Top-Dresser. The total value of the donations approaches $200,000, according to Emily Erickson, associate director of the Turfgrass Center.

"These generous gifts have allowed us to make great advancements in establishing and maintaining large research plots, " said Bob Erickson, director of the Turfgrass Field Laboratory. "STI has been instrumental in making the NCSU turf field labs a true North Carolina turf showcase."