Turf Grass Gets the Spotlight in Brazil

Image via kansasturfgrassfoundation.com

Image via kansasturfgrassfoundation.com

    According to Antonio Alves do Nascimento Filho (Alves Filho), the recent World Cup games in Brazil have put a much-needed spotlight on turf grass management for Brazil's northern states. Typically viewed as an extension of an agronomist's education, Alves said the best opportunities for a groundsmen interested in a deep understanding of pitch care were to travel to places like the USA or Europe (or southern Brazilian states like Sao Paulo or Rio de Janeiro).

     He also spoke on the difficulties, and pleasures, of preparing the fields for the World Cup games; with year-round high temperatures, it can make it difficult to use techniques, or grasses, popular in cooler climates. "In total, we did around twenty days of ryegrass overseeding and the color was beautiful for the tournament. About five days after seeding, the ryegrass grass came up, but it was temporary as it later died off in the heat here."  

 
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