Missouri Turfgrass Industry

Brad Fresenburg
Research Associate
University of Missouri Turfgrass Research Center
(573) 442-4893 or FresenburgB@missouri.edu

Turfgrass Industry

  • Turfgrass is ranked the 4th major crop in Missouri in terms of maintained and harvested acreage.
  • Expenditures of $1.3 billion to establish, produce, and maintain turfgrass in Missouri.
  • Home lawns cover 53% of the acreage and account for 66% of the expenditures.
  • Pesticide Applicator Training from 1995 to 1999 trained approximately 1,900 to 2,200 annually with 30 to 33% of those being in Ornamental & Turf (Category 3).


Turfgrass Management Careers

  • Golf Course Management
    • 315 courses in Missouri in 1995
    • Superintendent
    • Asst. Superintendent
  • Athletic Field Management
    • 1,254 public facilities for baseball/softball in Missouri
    • 577 public facilities for football/soccer in Missouri
    • Head Groundskeeper
    • Asst. Groundskeeper
  • Construction of Golf Courses and Athletic Fields
    • Soccer Fields/Sport Complexes
    • Missouri ranked 7th in golf course construction in 1995
  • Sod Production
    • 4,000 acres producing 1.5 to 2.0 million square yards annually
  • Lawn Care & Landscaping
  • Grounds Maintenance
  • Sales & Marketing
    • Support industry of pesticides, fertilizers, seed, equipment, etc.
  • Education & Research
    • Requires post-graduate study
  • Internships
    • Recommended during junior &/or senior year
    • Cleveland Browns
    • Baltimore Ravens
    • Kansas City Royals
    • Oklahoma City Redhawks (AAA Club for the Texas Rangers)
  • What can you do now in high school?
    • Summer jobs at golf courses, athletic field complexes, sod farms, etc.
    • Vo-Ag or Vo-Tech schools taking horticultural and agricultural classes
    • Math and Sciences
    • Communication Skills
  • Women in Turfgrass Management
    • Steady growth
    • Heather Nabozny, Head Groundskeeper for the Detroit Tigers
    • 25 women at the 2000 STMA Conference with head groundskeeper and management titles