Frank Rossi – Turf Consultant – Bethpage [Organic] Golf – Cornell University

Frank Rossi has some really good stuff that he shares with basically the world, through the Internet you can access all kinds of his stuff with the help of Cornell Univeristy.

His Bethpage Organic Golf Course (The main scientist behind the scenes) is nothing like Jeff Carlson's Vineyard Golf Course but as Rossi says in his Bio he is the ONLY ORGANIC GOLF COURSE IN THE US 

That will probably piss off Jeff Carlson at bit.  [turn those dam Lysimeters off would ya]

The one big negative with Frank Rossi's work is the fact that Environmental Groups like Beyond Pesticides Refer to his stuff saying "See I told you Organic works".  That is where Frank's stuff seems to become unscientific and more of a comfort feel story.


Frank Rossi is an Associate Professor of turfgrass science in the Department of Horticulture at Cornell University. He specializes in sustainable golf, sports and lawn turf management research, extension and teaching. Frank’s organic experience includes co-leader of the longterm Reduced-Risk Golf Course Management Project at Bethpage State Park; teaching the Organic Golf Turf Management Seminar for the National Golf Course Superintendents Association since 2003; turf consultant for the only organic golf course in the US; teaching Organic Turfgrass Management in Cornell's Organic Turfgrass Management Course and at the NYS Turfgrass Association’s statewide conference.

Bethpage Spring Green Up – With Pesticides Proxy and Primo Maxx – Growth Regulators

FYI: Bethpage is not really 100% Organic, just sections of it are, the poorer quaility ones, like practice areas.

A tank mix of Proxy Plant Growth Regulator and Primo MAXX plant growth regulator recently received registration from the EPA, announces Bayer Environmental Science, makers of Proxy.



Frank Rossi and 2,4-D type usage precautions for Weeds and Annual Bluegrass Seed Head Info.


Turf Damage along Walks

Tough economy can lead to disastrous cuts

Columns – The Monroe Doctrine

We were sitting around a conference table during a summer turfgrass field day planning meeting, and one of the faculty – Dr. Chris Williamson – asked, “Have you heard that they are going to eliminate University Extension at Cornell?”

Monroe Miller June 24, 2010


We were sitting around a conference table during a summer turfgrass field day planning meeting, and one of the faculty – Dr. Chris Williamson – asked, “Have you heard that they are going to eliminate University Extension at Cornell?” 

We are all friends with Frank Rossi from his years at the University of Wisconsin – Madison, and we immediately wondered how, if this was true, it would impact the excellent turf program he is growing at Cornell. Rossi’s work involves generous doses of extension activity, by him and his colleagues. 

At Wisconsin, all four full-time turf faculty have some percentage of their time devoted to extension work, and UW Extension pays that portion of their salaries. Any elimination of the extension system in our state would be an unmitigated disaster. I assume it would be in most, if not all, states as well.

An Internet search brought to light a report by Andrew Siff of NBC New York. The third paragraph said, “Tucked in the myriad cuts in this year’s tough-times fiscal plan is an elimination of the Cornell Cooperative Extension Service, an organization devoted to agricultural solutions and education – which means fighting pests.”

Golf courses are, by any definition, agricultural enterprises and the impact the extension system has had on turf management all across the country has been unparalleled and unmatched. That some legislators want to eliminate this nearly century-old program defies common sense, which is what many politicians lack.

A call to the Cornell College of Agriculture and Life Sciences communications office and an email from Dr. Rossi offered clarification. The proposal is to eliminate the Cornell IPM program, not all of CCE. IPM is an extension activity, a successful one that resulted in the 10-year Bethpage Project led by Jennifer Grant. Bethpage was a vivid example of how golf can be impacted by legislation that is not well informed. Rossi reports he believes the program will be salvaged to some level this year, but N.Y. state budget conditions look worse for 2011-12 and the stay of execution could be temporary.

Stories, even erroneous and inaccurate ones like the one written by Andrew Siff, get former farm kids like me really worked up. University Extension had a substantial and positive impact on my life growing up in the 1950s and 1960s. Our one-room grade school listened each week to WHA radio for music education and art education. WHA is an extension offering. We belonged to a 4-H Club and participated in county fairs and the state fair – extension programs. Our fathers sought advice from the county agent to improve livestock and crop production. Our mothers listened to the advice of our county home-ec agent – both were extension employees.

My dependence on UWEX continued into my career as a golf course superintendent. It would be impossible to overstate the importance of the extension system to our profession as a whole. I would have been lost more than a few times without access to extension facilities, activities and staff. Think about how important the professors are to us; recall the relief you felt when one of them showed up at your golf course to help you solve a difficult problem.

Remember events like educational seminars and field days? How about all of the articles they have written, and the value of extension publications and bulletins? Realize that frequently the diagnostic labs on campus we depend on are extension activities. The fact that my requirements and expectations of University Extension has changed so much in my life shows that extension itself has changed with society and its needs. 

All of us involved in golf turf, I am convinced, have benefited similarly. No one is more anxious to ax expensive, ineffective and outdated government programs than I am. University Extension, however, is not one of those programs. Let us take the Cornell University situation as a warning that we must be alert and vigilant and prepared to educate misguided attempts to eliminate it from our profession and our lives.