Joe and Pamela Bammer, owners of Grassmasters Sod Farms, started their sod farming business 25 years ago in June 1997. The two were married in 1987 and continue to be partners in life and in their company. Joe and Pam met while both attending college at Colorado State University. After graduating, Joe didn’t decide to… Read more »
Fifty years ago, Jim Simpson founded Simpson Sod Company. Jim, who’d grown up on a farm in Mississippi carried his love for agriculture and farming throughout his life. The farm he was raised on produced sweet potatoes and cotton, raised cattle and had a dairy operation. When he went to college at Mississippi State, Jim… Read more »
LSU’s Tiger Stadium features Celebration® Bermudagrass.
After 27 years spearheading turfgrass operations for Texas A&M Athletics, Craig Potts joins Sod Solutions Professionals as Project Manager. In his role, Potts will visit facilities and sod farms helping manage the selection of turfgrass, meet with groundskeepers and contractors for upcoming projects and use his experiences to make suggestions for a successful project or… Read more »
Mississippi State University’s Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station officially released Celebration Hybrid™ Bermudagrass (experimental name MSB 1017) at the 2022 Turfgrass Research Field Day on Sept. 22, 2022, held in Starkville, MS. The new cultivar is the first release out of the “Celebration X” breeding program, which stemmed from the idea of cross-pollinating Celebration® Bermudagrass… Read more »
An inside look at Latitude 36® Bermudagrass in Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium.
Shaun O’Brien, farm manager at Duda Sod’s Lake Placid farm, will retire after 42 years of working for the company. Duda Sod is a division of Duda & Sons, Inc. (DUDA) and O’Brien has overseen their largest sod location for the past 12 years. “I’m thankful to the Duda family, DUDA is a family-owned business… Read more »
Most people take old desk supplies or some new ideas with them from one job to the next. But Nashville Soccer Club (SC) Groundskeeper Adam Portenier took much more when he left FC Dallas in September 2019. Portenier, who’d been at FC Dallas for five years brought his love for a turfgrass variety from one… Read more »
Sola™ St. Augustinegrass was released at the 2022 Lake Wheeler Field Day on Aug. 10, 2022 in Raleigh, NC.
Keith Truenow, founder of Lake Jems Farms in Mount Dora, Florida was elected to the House of Representatives for District 31 in November 2020. Truenow, a local farmer and rancher, now addresses agriculture issues from a seat at the state capital. Born in Minnesota, Truenow grew up learning how to fish and drive a boat… Read more »