March 15, 2012
The 21st annual Ontario Turfgrass Symposium (OTS) brought together industry industry professionals, educators and researchers for two days, Feb. 22 and 23, at the University of Guelph.

This year’s theme was Grow your Knowledge, with each presentation focused on providing up-to-date information dealing with the complexities of maintaining healthy turf in today’s more restrictive environment.

Paul Turner, chair of the OTS executive committee, welcomed attendees, followed by Rob Witherspoon, director of Guelph Turfgrass Institute.

The keynote speaker was Dr. James Beard, considered one of the world’s leading authorities of turfgrass science. He is the director and chief scientist of the International Sports Turf Institute, headquartered in College Station, Texas, and Professor Emeritus of Turfgrass Science, Texas A&M University.

His presentation was titled, ‘History of Turf.’ He addressed the use of turf back in the 18th century, through to the 1950s and today.

A full agenda had speakers covering lawn care, sports fields and golf.

Along with learning sessions, attendees took the opportunity to network with fellow industry professionals.