SUNY Delhi Golf/Plant Science Program Receives Funds to Establish Weather Stations

Funds totaling $10,000 have been awarded to SUNY Delhi’s Golf/Turf Management program to establish a U.S. grade weather station that will be installed at the Delhi College Golf Course. The weather station is the second phase of an on-going applied research project conducted by students of the Golf/Turf Management program to learn how to improve water quality and how to apply water management practices at golf courses and athletic fields.

According to Dominic Morales, professor and dean of applied sciences and recreation, support was received from the Sullivan County Challenge Golf Tournament, and the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America Adirondack, Finger Lakes, Central New York and Metropolitan Chapters. The S.V. Moffett Company of Rochester arranged for the donation of the software that will enhance the students’ ability to collect the necessary data from the weather station.

The weather station will collect data on humidity, wind speeds, soil moisture contents, transpiration and evaporation rates and degree days. This data will help predict trends that will lead to proper water use and management. The weather station will ultimately be integrated into the Delhi College Golf Course irrigation system to help with its water conservation efforts.

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