Since 1915: A Focus on Turfgrass

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A Moment in Time 

A perennial ryegrass blend called Pleasure is used on an Arizona golf course. This issue focused on the latest in environmental turf research and turfgrass seed markets. A resolution was presented at the 1982 annual meeting of the American Seed Trade Association — “Recommended Policies for the Release of Germplasm, Varieties and Related Technology from Public Institutions” recognized the strength of cooperative efforts by public and private breeders, and it outlined ways to enhance this relationship. Also that year, several turf-type tall fescue varieties were released.

Facts and Figures From this 1991 Issue: 

$33 billion is the amount spent by U.S. consumers on retail floriculture and environmental horticulture products in 1990, according to the USDA Economic Research Service.

35% is the decline in California wheat acreage in 1991.

3.7 million Americans earned a living from farms in 1991, according to census figures.

100,000 is the number of kilograms of turf-type perennial ryegrass seed used in New Zealand in the early 1990s.

200 – 500 tonnes is the amount of ryegrass seed produced in New Zealand.

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