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Welcome to the web home for Field, Lab, Earth, the podcast from the American Society of Agronomy, Crop Science Society of America, and Soil Science Society of America. The podcast all about past and present advances in agronomic, crop, soil, and environmental sciences, our show features timely interviews with our authors about research in these fields.

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Dec 17, 2021

“Review of cool-season turfgrasses for salt-affected roadsides in cold climates” with Dr. Eric Watkins.

Salt is commonly spread on roads in colder regions to help keep them clear of dangerous ice. However, salted roads can pose some environmental risks. Roadside turfgrasses can help alleviate some of those problems, but drought, heat, salt, ice, and more can mean a roadside is not always the happiest place for grass to grow. This episode, Dr. Eric Watkins walks us through some of the harsh conditions roadside turfgrasses face, the pros and cons of several popular grasses, and how we can wisely mix them for resilient roadside spaces.

Tune in to learn:

  • Why roads in Northern Climates get salted
  • What ecosystem benefits roadside turfgrasses provide
  • Which grasses perform best in roadside conditions
  • What are some tips for designing a healthy turfgrass mix

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