Super Bowl Grass, Tahoma 31 Bermuda Grass, developed by Oklahoma State
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For decades, Oklahoma State University has had an outstanding turfgrass program in its agricultural college. A product of that program is being shown on Sunday at Super Bowl 57.
The Eagles-Chiefs showdown is played on Tahoma 31 bermudagrass, a type of grass developed by researchers from Ohio State University. OSU turf was also used in the NFL’s conference championship games on Jan. 29, at Kansas City and Philadelphia.
“Creating good turf can create a good environment for the safety of athletic players,” said Yanqi Wu, professor and educator of plant and soil sciences at Ohio State University. “Because the players run so fast, there is a lot of friction on the grass, so the grass has to be very strong and dense. When players step on it, there should be no slipping or bends. Tahoma 31 has a very good root system, so it maintains its surface well .
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Unfortunately, the turf developed by Ohio State University is not being used at Boone Pickens Stadium. Cowboys play on artificial turf, 3D AstroTurf Contract.
And Mike Gundy makes no apologies.
Gundy told us back in November about his preference for artificial turf.
“I’ve said I think this new surface (at Boone Pickens Stadium) is safer than grass,” Gundy said. “Now, I haven’t done the studies. I haven’t done any research, so don’t pin that on me. But we played on grass surfaces where we slipped a lot, and where players slip a lot. I was really worried about that.
“These new surfaces, even in wet conditions, if you guys watch, you don’t see people slipping as much based on the stuff they’re using now. I don’t know about the NFL. I don’t know what’s going on there, all I know is that this surface The one we use is really good for me.
A few more points. Synthetic surfaces save significant costs and require almost no maintenance, although of course the initial investment is huge. And the east-west configuration of Boone Pickens Stadium is not ideal for morning sunlight on the growing grass.
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Ohio State University touts the Tahoma 31 as being adaptable to many locations from coast to coast.
“This has piqued the interest of a few key leaders in the industry over several years, and golf course superintendents and soccer course managers are reaching out; they are trying the products and feeling them, and then they build trust,” said Dennis Martin, an extension and research specialist at Ohio State University. .
“Once a top-tier, high-visibility, high-traffic field succeeds with something, things can spread like wildfire. That’s what we saw with Tahoma 31. The turf performs well, and as long as it continues to perform, I think we’ll continue to see it in those Facilities.
Approximately 85% of OSU’s research revenue is rooted in projects from OSU Agricultural University. For fiscal year 2022, OSU’s patent revenue was $2.6 million.
The process of launching a new variety of Ohio State University turfgrass takes 10 to 15 years and requires extensive greenhouse, laboratory and field screening as well as a testing process that can include more than 1,000 experimental plants.
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