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November 2014
NTEP organized and released, for planting in multiple locations the following three new trials: Bentgrass Putting Green, Bentgrass Fairway/Tee and Fineleaf Fescue. Go to the links below for entry and sponsor information, as well as the test locations for each trial.

2014 Bentgrass Putting Green Entries and Sponsors
2014 Bentgrass Putting Green Trial Locations
2014 Bentgrass Fairway/Tee Entries and Sponsors
2014 Bentgrass Fairway/Tee Trial Locations
2014 Fineleaf Fescue Entries and Sponsors
2014 Fineleaf Fescue Trial Locations
June 2014
Plans are being finalized for new NTEP cool-season grass trials. In 2014, NTEP will establish new trials of bentgrass (putting green), bentgrass (fairway/tee) and fineleaf fescue. More details on the trials can be found in the following memos. If you are interested in submitting an entry or entries, please complete the appropriate forms and submit with your seed. Also, see the following links with information on each trial. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

2014 National Bentgrass (Fairway/Tee) Trial – Entry Application Forms and Info

2014 National Bentgrass (Putting Green) Trial – Entry Application Forms and Info

2014 National Fineleaf Fescue Trial – Entry Application Forms and Info

2014 National Bentgrass (Fairway/Tee) Trial – Parameters and Test Locations

2014 National Bentgrass (Putting Green) Trial – Parameters and Test Locations

2014 National Fineleaf Fescue Trial – Parameters and Test Locations

November 2013
NTEP is planning three new cultivar evaluation trials for establishment in 2014. Please assist us in planning these trials by taking the following surveys. Your input is invaluable to us, thanks for helping!.
2014 National Bentgrass Putting Green Test survey
2014 National Bentgrass Fairway/Tee Test Survey
2014 National Fineleaf Fescue Test Survey
May 2013

Plans are being finalized for new NTEP warm-season trials.  In 2013, NTEP will establish new trials of bermudagrass, zoysiagrass and a warm-season putting green trial sponsored by the USGA.  More details on the trials can be found in the following memos. If you are interested in submitting an entry or entries, please complete the appropriate forms and submit with your seed or plant material.  Also, see the following links with information on each trial. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

2013 National Bermudagrass Trial Entry Application Forms and Info
2013 National Zoysiagrass Trial Entry Application Forms and Info
2013 Warm-Season Putting Green Trial Entry Application Forms and Info 2013 National Bermudagrass Trial - Parameters and Test Locations
2013 National Zoysiagrass Trial - Parameters and Test Locations 2013 National Warm-Season Putting Green Trial - Parameters and Test Locations

December 2012

The USGA Green Section Research Committee agreed recently to fund, in cooperation with NTEP, new trials of warm-season grasses for putting greens. These trials will be planted at 10-12 locations across the Southern U.S. and in the Transition Zone in spring/summer 2013. More details on the trials can be found in the following memos. If you are interested in cooperating with NTEP in evaluating this trial, or have an entry or entries to submit, please complete the appropriate forms and forward to us. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

2013 USGA/NTEP Warm-Season Putting Green Trials – Cooperator Info

2013 USGA/NTEP Warm-Season Putting Green Trials – Entry Submission Info

October 2012

The newest tall fescue trial was sent to cooperators for establishment this fall at locations all across the U.S. A list of entries and locations are found in the links below:

2012 Tall Fescue Test Entries and Sponsors
2012 Tall Fescue Test Locations

June 2012

The newest tall fescue trial is scheduled for establishment this fall at locations all across the U.S. Entry application forms and information can be found below, along with additional trial information.

Tall fescue entry application information
2012 NTEP Tall Fescue Test parameters

August 2011

NTEP recently assembled and mailed the 2011 National Kentucky Bluegrass Test to its university cooperators. The trial contains 82 entries, most being new experimentals. Standard trials were sent to 11 locations, while ancillary trials of salt, shade and traffic tolerance, along with sod strength, summer patch and organic maintenance, will be evaluated at a total of 13 locations. Most trial locations will establish the trial this fall, while some northern locations may need to wait until spring. Here is the list of entries and trial locations:

2011 NTEP Ky, Bluegrass Entry and Sponsor List
2011 NTEP Ky. Bluegrass Locations

June 2011

Attention seed companies and breeders! Information and application forms for the 2011 Kentucky Bluegrass Test can be found here.

May 2011

NTEP will establish a new Kentucky bluegrass test in fall 2011. The trial will be planted at numerous locations throughout the U.S. and Canada. This trial will be conducted to obtain the information and data identified as important by online survey participants. The Kentucky bluegrass test parameters can be found here.

March 2011

NTEP held its most recent Policy Committee meeting on February 11th in Orlando. Highlights of the meeting can be found here.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

September 2010

NTEP recently assembled and mailed a new perennial ryegrass trial to its university cooperators. The trial contains 88 entries, almost all being new experimentals. Standard trials were sent to 14 locations, while ancillary trials of salt, drought and traffic tolerance, along with grey leaf spot and winter overseeding, will be evaluated at a total of 13 locations. Most trial locations will establish the trial this fall, while some northern locations may need to wait until spring. Grey leaf spot trials will be planted in late summer, 2011 to facilitate active grey leaf spot infection.

2010 NTEP Perennial Ryegrass Entry and Sponsor List
2010 NTEP Perennial Ryegrass Standard and Ancillary Locations
2010 NTEP Perennial Ryegrass Test Parameters

July 2010

NTEP plans many new and exciting evaluations when it tests a new suite of perennial ryegrass cultivars and experimental selections this fall. Ancillary trials of salt, drought and traffic tolerance, along with grey leaf spot and winter overseeding, are planned at a total of 13 locations. In addition, standard evaluations will be coducted at 14 locations. Here is a detailed explanation of the test locations and protocols.

In addition, NTEP has made its entry fee structure more cost effective to those wishing to enter experimental entries. All the information can be found in this memo, including entry application forms and submission procedures.

June 2010

NTEP has received over 250 responses to its survey and has published the results to date. Go here to view the summarized results.

NTEP thanks everyone that completed the survey. We are committed to listening to your comments and responding to your needs. In the future, you will see how NTEP adjusts its programs to address your needs.

If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to contact us.

March 2010

NTEP want to hear from you!!  Please go here to complete our online survey.  We will keep you informed of the survey results and NTEP’s plan to improve its programs, services and web site.  Thanks for your input!

December 2009

NTEP recently updated it Strategic Plan. Click here to open and review the document.

Highlights from the June 2009 NTEP Policy Committee meeting and subsequent conference call can be found here.

Also, for NTEP cooperators, information on 2009 data submission can be found in the following memo and attachments:
Data submission memo 2009
Dataform. xls
Data form code list.pdf

July 2009

For those companies considering submitting entries in the 2009 Drought and Traffic Tolerance Trials, information, entry submission forms, etc. are below. Please note that the deadline for entry submission is August 17th.
Drought Trial Entry Submission Information
Traffic Trial Entry Submission Information

May 2009

NTEP is committed to improving its data collection, analysis and reporting.  To that end, NTEP has spent about ten years researching new statistical methods and is now implementing a new procedure, AMMI, on its 2007 trials.  Read more here about AMMI and why NTEP is using it.

April 2009

NTEP has refined its proposals for new trials to be established this fall. Trials testing drought or traffic of cool-season grasses will be initiated at multiple locations in fall 2009. The drought trial will be conducted using rainout shelters at three locations and deficit irrigation at three locations. The traffic trial, to be conducted in conjunction with the Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA), will be evaluated at six to eight locations. To read more about these trials, click on the links below:
Drought trial proposal
Drought trial memo to seed companies
Traffic trial proposal
Traffic trial memo to seed companies

April 2009

Highlights from the February 2009 NTEP Policy Committee meeting can be found here.

December 2008

Highlights from the latest NTEP Policy Committee meeting can be found here.

 November 2008

In October, NTEP held a listening session to solicit input from customers and researchers on NTEP programs and services, and suggested changes/improvements. Here is a summary of the comments from the session.

NTEP also held a session to discuss their draft Visual Field Assessment (VFA) document. The VFA is a draft specification on protocols and standards for evaluators of NTEP trials. Several key items within the draft were discussed at length. Following is a summary of the comments received at the session and the VFA draft:
Summary of Comments from the VFA session
Visual Field Assessment document draft

 September 2008

NTEP is embarking on a new direction with its Trait Specific Testing program. The first trials in the program will be established in fall 2009. Drought tolerance will be tested in six locations over two years across the US, while traffic tolerance will be evaluated in eight locations for three years. These new trials will test multiple cool-season grasses at each location. The traffic trial, a cooperative effort of NTEP and the Sports Turf Managers Association, will test cool-season cultivars, blends and mixtures. More information on submitting entries and testing protocols:
Drought trial entry submission information
Drought trial proposal
Traffic trial entry submission information
Traffic trial proposal

 September 2008

NTEP recently mailed its 2008 trials to cooperators. Bentgrass trials maintained as a fairway or tee, bentgrass maintained as a putting green and fineleaf fescue trials were sent to seventeen locations each. Official trial locations as well as ancillary locations will be conducted for a period of five years. Please click on the following to link to trial locations and entry/sponsor lists.
2008 NTEP Tests Cooperators and Locations
2008 NTEP Tests Entries and Sponsor

   March 2008

Highlights from the recent NTEP Policy Committee meeting can be found here. Locations selected for the 2008 trials are available at the links below:
2008 Bentgrass Putting Green Selected Locations
2008 Bentgrass Fairway/Tee Selected Locations
2008 Fineleaf Fescue Selected Locations

   January 2008

Click here for updated entry lists for all current trials.

   January 2008

The NTEP Policy Committee held its last meeting in June 2007 at Lexington, KY. Meeting highlights are now available here.
In addition, the Policy Committee addressed the issue of trial locations and their ability to produce unbiased data. A statistical review, using correlation coefficients, indentified those locations that varied significantly from the mean of the trial locations within each management
regime. This review can be found here.

    January 2008

Entry lists and trial locations for the 2007 Bermudagrass, St. Augustinegrass, Seashore Paspalum and Zoysiagrass Tests can be found below:
Entry and sponsors lists
Trial locations

 
     May 2007

Click here for updated entry lists for all current trials.

     March 2007

The NTEP Policy Committee held its second Listening Session on February 24, 2007 in Anaheim, CA. Attendance was light but feedback from participants was strong. Following are two documents available at the session:

Review of Feb. 2004 Listening Session actions.
Strategic Plan actions and accomplishments .

Also, the NTEP Policy Committee held its semi-annual meeting, Feb. 24-25, 2007 in Anaheim, CA. Click here for meeting highlights.

     March 2007

At the latest NTEP Policy Committee meeting, trial locations and other details concerning the upcoming NTEP warm-season grass trials were discussed and approved (see Explanation). Following are the decisions made for each trial:

2007 Bermudagrass - Approved sixteen official and several ancillary trial locations. See Bermudagrass Approved Trial Locations. Cooperators will be paid $2000 per year ($10,000) total for this trial

2007 St. Augustinegrass - Approved five official trial locations. See St. Augustinegrass Approved Trial Locations. Cooperators will be paid
$1500 per year ($7500) total for this trial

2007 Seashore Paspalum - Approved six official and two ancillary trial locations. See Seashore Paspalum Approved Trial Locations. Cooperators will be paid $1500 per year ($7500) total for this trial

2007 Zoysiagrass - Approved six official trial locations. See Zoysiagrass Approved Trial Locations. Cooperators will be paid $1500 per year ($7500) total for this trial

2007 Buffalograss - Postponed for one year due to an insufficient number of entries

Following is information for submitting entries:

2007 Bermudgrass Entry Submission
2007 St. Augustinegrass Entry Submission
2007 Seashore Paspalum Entry Submission
2007 Zoysiagrass Entry Submission

If you have any questions, please contact us at kmorris@ntep.org or 301-504-5125.

     January 2007

In conjunction with the Golf Industry Show, NTEP will be holding its second Listening Session on Saturday, February 24, 2007 in Anaheim, CA. The session will run from 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM and will be held in the Anaheim Convention Center, Room 203B.

The Listening Session is a place to voice your opinions, ideas, constructive criticisms, etc. about NTEP, its programs and services. This is your opportunity to ask questions of the NTEP Policy Committee and staff. Also, you will learn about what NTEP has accomplished since the 2004 Listening Session.

Click here for the Listening Session agenda. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Kevin Morris at 301-504-5125, kmorris@ntep.org. Also, if you cannot attend the session, we would be welcome your comments via email. Thanks and we hope to see you there!

     January 2007

The entry list and Locations for the 2006 National Tall Fescue Test is now available.
2006 Tall Fescue Test

     November 2006

NTEP conducted its fifth turfgrass evaluation workshop on Nov. 12, 2006. Go here for more details on the results of the workshop.

     September 2006

Recently an error was discovered and fixed in the Appendix Table of the 2005 data report for St. Augustinegrass. We apologized for the error and any inconvenience.

     July 2006

NTEP will establish five new warm-season grass trials in Spring 2007. This including our first ever seashore paspalum trial. Click on the links below for more information on submitting entries.
Seashore Paspalum
Bermudagrass
Buffalograss
St. Augustinegrass
Zoysiagrass

     May 2006

The entry list and Locations for the 2005 National Kentucky Bluegrass Test is now available.
2005 Ky. Bluegrass Test

     July 2005

NTEP has recently updated its Strategic Plan. Click here for the complete document.

     April 2005

See the memo below if you have a seashore paspalum entry to test.
Seashore Paspalum trial Memo

     November 2004

An updated entry list for the 2004 National Perennial Ryegrass Test is now available.
2004 Perennial Ryegrass Test

     September 2004

The 2004 National Perennial Ryegrass Test and 2004-2005 On-Site Overseeding Test have been shipped to cooperators. Following is information on the trials:
2004 Perennial Ryegrass Test
2004-2005 On-Site Overseeding Test

     July 2004

NTEP hires Dr. Jeff Krans on a part-time basis to improve data collection and trial maintenance techniques. See Dr. Jeff Krans press release.

For our trial schedule, click NTEP Trial Schedule.

To obtain hard (paper) copies of NTEP reports, Contact Us.

The NTEP Policy Committee met on June 1-3, 2004. Click here for details
NTEP Policy Committee meeting Summary

     June 2004

On June 3, 2004 the turfgrass industry entered into a historic agreement with the USDA-ARS. For more details, see MOU News for NTEP web site

     April 2004

A Summary of the discussions and actions taken during the February NTEP Policy Committee meeting is now available.
February NTEP Policy Committee meeting Summary

     March 2004

The Listening Session held in February brought many good ideas to the attention of NTEP Policy Committee. Click on the links below for more information.
Listening Session Notes
Summary of Policy Committee Action Items

      January 2004

NTEP will hold a 'Listening Session' from 9-11 AM on Saturday, February 14, 2004 in San Diego, CA. The meeting location is Room 32B in the San Diego Convention Center. This session is an opportunity for those interested in NTEP to provide feedback on its programs and policies. The NTEP Policy Committee will be on hand to hear your comments and concerns. While at the GCSAA Conference and Show, take time out to come by and give us your thoughts on NTEP.
More Information on the Listening Session
Agenda for the Listening Session

      September 2003

The latest NTEP tests have been sent to cooperators. Click on the links below for entry lists and locations.
2003 National Fineleaf Fescue Test
2003 National Bentgrass (Putting Green) Test
2003 National Bentgrass (Fairway/Tee) Test

      July 2003

Due to an inconsistency that found in our Appendix tables, programming code has been altered and new Appendix Tables have been posted for 2001 and 2002 reports.

      March 2003
  • The National Turfgrass Research Initiative

    This proposal outlines national research needs for turfgrass, funding levels requested and expected outcomes. Developed by a coalition including USDA-ARS, university and industry representatives
   
For more information, to contact us.