5th ETS Field Days 2017 - Brno, Czech Republic 12-13th September 2017

5th ETS Field Days 2017: Brno, Czech Republic 12-13th September 2017

Turfgrasses in accordance with changing nature


FOR REGISTRATION PLEASE VISIT: http://etsfielddays.af.mendelu.cz

Organized by Dr. Stanislav Hejduk and hosted by Mendel University – faculty of Agri Sciences.

Co-organized by the Czech greenkeepers association (CGA) and with the Scientific Society of Mendel University.

For accomodation please contact:


e-mail: hotel@hotelavanti.cz , phone: +420 541 510 211 or +420 541 510 111.

PLEASE NOTE: accommodation booking for special price is valid only until August 12th

When you book the accommodation use the password: European Turfgrass Society

On behalf of the European Turfgrass Society, Scientific Society of Mendel university in Brno have the honour to invite ETS members and other turfgrass enthusiastics to the 5th Field days in Brno, Czech Republic.

The ETS Field days is a two-day event that is organised every two years and it is intended to promote the exchange of information among turfgrass specialists from universities, official bodies, private companies but also among practical greenkeepers and groundsmen.

As turfgrass industry in the Czech Republic is facing to weather extremes (e.g. pronounced drought and hot waves), legislation restrictions and various environmental challenges (e.g. GC construction on fly ash deposition or on reclamation areas) the main topic of the 5th Field days in Brno is “Turfgrasses in accordance with changing nature”.

As usual, the first day will be devoted to lectures of invited speakers from diverse European countries and from the USA. The venue of the lecture day will be Mendel University in Brno.

The second day (September the 13th) we will visit most famous 27 holes golf course nearby Brno – GC Kaskáda. The headgreenkeeper Jiří Kapeš uses low levels of fertilizers (spoon feeding), constrains use of pesticides and seek to do the course multifunctional. He is also a board member of Czech greenkeepers association and closely co-operates with Mendel University.  Next stop will be in Lednice castle park, which is a part of large landscape complex which is protected as World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The small town Lednice which is situated close to Austrian and Slovak border is also a site of Horticultural Faculty of Mendel University. The final site during the excursion day is Závod in Slovakia (Richter Rasen Co.).


Scientific programme of the Field Days at Brno – seminar day – 12th September 2017

 Main topic: Turfgrasses in accordance with changing nature

8.30          Coffee, registration

9.00          Welcome speech – Introduction of Mendel university and Department of Animal Nutrition and Grassland Science

Dean of Faculty of Agronomy Pavel Ryant, Head of the Department Jiří Skládanka

9.10          Turfgrass Water Conservation  

Bernd Leinauer, New Mexico State University, USA

9.50          Building the foundations for low input turf management

Christian Spring, STRI Bingley, UK

10.20        Compost extracts/teas and management of sport turfs

Gerhard Lung, Green Planet, Germany

10.50        Coffee break

11.20        Comparative investigations on different Hybrid turf systems in a field trial in Basel – results from three experimental years.

Paul Baader, Baader Konzept, GmbH, Germany

11.50        Experiences with low input management of GC in central European conditions

Kamil Pečenka, Jiří Kapeš, greenkeepers, Board members of CGA, CZ

12. 20       GC build on fly ash

Michal Voigts, greenkeeper, president of CGA, CZ

12.45        Sponsors presentation


13.00        Lunch


14.00        Turfgrass education in the Czech Republic

Stanislav Hejduk, Mendel University Brno, CZ

14.30        Greater Yellow Rattle (Rhinanthus alectorolophus): hemiparasitic plant enhancing nature value of extensive turfgrass

Jan Mládek, Univesity Palacky, Olomouc, CZ


15.00        Sponsors presentation, visit of demo plots at the Botanical garden of Mendel University


15.30        Coffee break

16.00        General assembly of ETS

17.30        End of program – networking and drinks

18.30        Social dinner at Mendel University



The order of the speakers can be changed


Excursion, FD – 13th September 2017

 9.00 – bus departure from the hotel

9.20 – Golf Course Kaskáda, Kuřim, 15 km north of Brno, spoon fertilizing, excellent turf quality with near nature approach

10.20 – bus departure from GC Kaskáda

11.20 – Lednice – Castle Gardens, declared as UNESCO World Heritage Site (https://www.zamek-lednice.com/en); guided visit of the gardens with refreshments

12.20 – bus departure from Lednice

13.10 – Richter Rasen, Závod, Slovakia, turf farm, excursion + lunch

14.30 – departure from Závod

15.40 – arrival to Brno

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