Georgia Magazine - July 2013 - (Page 46)

On the right turf Growing grass in Georgia BY MARY KATHRYN YEARTA 46 Josh Morrow stands proudly next to his Sod This tractor helps keep a consistent thickness for all turf Atlanta sign. Sod Atlanta, grass cut at Sod Atlanta. in Cartersville, has been in the turf grass business and servTifway and Tiftgreen grasses, which ing Georgia for more than 25 years. for much of the industry’s success. Annually, the turf grass and related industries contribute $7.8 billion to Georgia’s economy and make up nearly $117 million of the farm gate value. The turf grass segment accounts for 87,000 full-time and parttime jobs across the state. Much of the success of Georgia’s turfgrass industry can be attributed to the state’s ideal climate conditions. Georgia is blessed with mild temperatures and generally maintains good rainfall amounts. Not only are we fortunate to have an advantageous climate, but Georgia is also home to the University of Georgia Experiment Station researchers who have been developing the best varieties of turfgrass since the 1950s. Both More online at www.georgiamagazine.org cover more golf courses, athletic fields and lawns than any other turf variety in the world, were developed at the UGA Coastal Plain Experiment Station in Tifton. Most businesses in the turf grass industry owe some of their start to the University of Georgia Coastal Plain Experiment Station. Although it began as a general store in 1893 in Lakeland, Patten Seed Co. has since become one of the leaders in the turfgrass industry through working with UGA. Throughout the 1950s and 1980s, due to Glenn Burton at the experiment station working hand in hand with Patten Seed entrepreneur Bill Roquemore, Patten Seed became a leader in providing superior turfgrasses to Southeastern and Caribbean golf courses. Since then, Patten Seed has continued to grow and GEORGIA MAGAZINE BLAKE POPPELL BLAKE POPPELL P hillip Jennings, of Soperton, was a recent graduate of the University of Georgia in Athens in the 1980s when he began baling wheat straw in South Georgia and selling it as ground cover to small nurseries in Atlanta. Shortly after beginning his new venture, he was supplying all of the Pike Nurseries in metro Atlanta. That relationship with Pike Nurseries led him to become “The Sod Father,” Georgia’s largest producer of certified turf grasses for golf courses and a variety of other customers. Jennings founded his turf company in 1998 at the suggestion of William L. Pike, who noted the difficulty in procuring the sod needed for sports facilities during the 1996 Olympic Games in Atlanta. “William Pike led me to turf grass after the shortage of grass in Atlanta after the Olympics in ’96,” says Jennings. “That has been a very good business for me because it led to so many other businesses and my love for agriculture and the land. He was the owner of Pike Nurseries at the time and remains a great friend and was a great mentor. I owe many of my successes in life to him and my parents.” Jennings’ customers now include golf courses, athletic fields, commercial landscape companies, retail outlets and homeowners. His company is the exclusive sod supplier to Home Depot and Pike Nurseries in the Southeastern United States and is an industry leader in sales of sod. The company also grew the turf for the 2005 Super Bowl in Jacksonville, Fla. Although turf grass does not come to the mind as easily as a Vidalia onion or a Georgia peach, Georgia is home to some of the world’s top turf names and is responsible http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - July 2013

Georgia Magazine - July 2013
Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Liberty Notes
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar of Events
Georgia’s Energy Outlook
Currents
Fly-in or Drive-In
“Air Fare America”
Wood Basket of the World
Link to Video on Georgia’s Tree Industry
Lighten Up!
Control What You Consume
Around Georgia
Enhancing your adventure
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Snapshot
More Snapshot photos
Plant of the month
July’s online trivia contest
Georgia Grown spotlight

Georgia Magazine - July 2013

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_202004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_202003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_202002
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_202001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/libertynotes_billofrights
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_realitycheck
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201005
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201002
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_200912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_200911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_200910
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com