Aaron J PattonAaron J Patton

Associate Professor of Agronomy

Department: Agronomy
Office: 765.494.9737
E-mail: ajpatton@purdue.edu
Personal Web Page

Curriculum Vitae

Area of Expertise: Turfgrass Extension

Complete list of publications (extension, research, teaching)

 

Biography

Aaron earned his bachelor’s degree in horticulture from Iowa State University, and his master’s and doctorate in agronomy from Purdue University. Aaron serves on the faculty at Purdue University. His extension responsibilities are to provide education to Indiana’s $1.4 billion turfgrass industry. His research responsibilities include planning, implementing, and leading projects devoted to managing quality lawn, sod, golf, and sports turf while reducing management inputs. He teaches the senior level turfgrass science course at Purdue University and mentors undergraduate and graduate students. Aaron also serves as the Executive Director of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.


Extension Program:

Dr. Patton’s extension responsibilities include:

  • Organizing and sponsoring educational meetings throughout the year including various seminars, field day, and a large winter conference and tradeshow with a combined total of over 2,500 attendees annually.
  • Responsible for writing biweekly updates called “Turf Tips” on do-it-yourself and professional turf maintenance that is delivered to over 1,885 clientele with each post and for the Purdue Turf Program's home page on the World Wide Web and this site receives over 65,000 hits annually.
  • Other extension responsibilities include authoring extension publications, press releases, and research updates; appearing at numerous extension events; on-site troubleshooting visits to golf courses and other turf sites throughout the state; and regularly cooperating with county extension educators in training and problem solving.
  • Executive Director of the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation (MRTF) and thus responsible day-to-day operations of the MRTF whose primary function is support of turfgrass research and education at Purdue University.

Extension Publications

Turf Tips Electronic newsletter

Recent Refereed Extension Publications:

  1. Patton, A.J. and J.E. Kaminski. 2010. Tracking the impact of your web-based content. Journal of Extension. [On-line] 48(4):Article 4TOT1. Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2010august/tt1.php/
  2. Patton, A.J. 2009. Using bubble plots to aid in extension program planning. Journal of Extension [On-line] 47(5):Article 5TOT6. Available at: http://www.joe.org/joe/2009october/tt6.php/

 

Research Areas:

Dr. Patton’s research responsibilities include planning, implementing, and leading research projects devoted to managing quality lawn, golf, and sports turf while reducing management inputs. Current projects include but are not limited to warm-season turfgrass germplasm evaluation; mowing experiments in various turfgrass species towards increased carbon sequestration; weed biology and control of various annual and perennial weeds; herbicide safety of newly established turf species; and product evaluation of biopesticides for use in turfgrass systems.

Recent Refereed Research Publications:

  1. Trappe, J.M., D.E. Karcher, M.D. Richardson, and A.J. Patton. 2011. Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass cultivar selection: Part 1, clipping yield, scalping tendency, and golf ball lie. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. In press.
  2. Trappe, J.M., D.E. Karcher, M.D. Richardson, and A.J. Patton. 2011. Bermudagrass and zoysiagrass cultivar selection: Part 2. divot recovery. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. In press.
  3. Trappe, J.M., D.E. Karcher, M.D. Richardson, and A.J. Patton. 2011. Divot resistance varies among bermudagrass and zoysiagrass cultivars. Crop Sci. In press.
  4. Patton, A.J. and Z.J. Reicher. 2011. Basic training: A one-day education module for new clientele in the turf industry. Journal of Extension. In press.
  5. Trappe, J.M., D.E. Karcher, M.D. Richardson, and A.J. Patton. 2011. Shade and traffic tolerance varies for bermudagrass and zoysiagrass cultivars. Crop Sci. 51:870-877.
  6. Patton, A.J., J.M. Trappe, R.E. Strahan, and J.S. Beasley. 2010. Sulfonylurea herbicide safety on sprigged bermudagrass and seashore paspalum. Weed Tech. 24:342-348.
  7. Richardson, M.D., D.E. Karcher, A.J. Patton, and J.H. McCalla. 2010. A method to measure golf ball lie in various turfgrasses using digital image analysis. Crop Sci. 50:730-736.
  8. Patton, A.J., J.M. Trappe, and M.D. Richardson. 2010. Cover technology influences warm-season grass establishment from seed. HortTechnology 20(1):153-159.
  9. Patton, A.J. 2009. Selecting zoysiagrass cultivars: turfgrass quality, growth, test and environmental stress tolerance. Online. Available at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/ats/. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2009-1019-01-MG.
  10. Patton, A.J., J.M. Trappe, M.D. Richardson, and E. Nelson. 2009. Herbicide tolerance in seashore paspalum seedlings. Online. Available at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/ats/. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2009-0720-01-RS.
  11. Summerford, J.A., D.E. Karcher, M.D. Richardson, A.J. Patton, J.W. Boyd. 2009. Cultural practice effects on the spring transition of overseeded meadow fescue and tetraploid perennial ryegrass sports fields. International Turfgrass Research Journal 11:501-510.
  12. Patton, A.J., M.D. Richardson, D.E. Karcher, J.W. Boyd, Z.J. Reicher, J.D. Fry, J.S. McElroy, and G.C. Munshaw. 2008. A guide to establishing seeded bermudagrass in the transition zone. Online. Available at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/ats/. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2008-0122-01-MD.
  13. McCalla, J., M.D. Richardson, D.E. Karcher, J. Landreth, and A.J. Patton. 2008. Sod production using an improved seeded bermudagrass cultivar. Online. Available at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/ats/. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2008-0118-01-RS.
  14. Patton, A.J., S.M. Cunningham, J.J. Volenec, and Z. J. Reicher. 2007. Differences in freeze tolerance of zoysiagrasses. II. Carbohydrates and proline. Crop Sci. 47:2170-2181.
  15. Patton, A.J., S.M. Cunningham, J.J. Volenec, and Z. J. Reicher. 2007. Differences in freeze tolerance of zoysiagrasses. I. Role of proteins. Crop Sci. 47:2162-2169.
  16. Patton, A.J., and Z. J. Reicher. 2007. Zoysiagrass species and genotypes differ in their winter injury and freeze tolerance. Crop Sci. 47: 1619-1627.
  17. Patton, A.J., J.J. Volenec, and Z. J. Reicher. 2007. Stolon growth and dry matter partitioning explains differences in zoysiagrass establishment rates. Crop Sci. 47:1237-1245.
  18. Patton, A.J., G.A. Hardebeck, D.V. Weisenberger, and Z. J. Reicher. 2007. Safety of herbicides on ‘Zenith’ zoysiagrass seedlings. Weed Tech. 21(1):145-150.
  19. Patton, A.J., Z.J. Reicher, A.J. Zuk, J.D. Fry, M.D. Richardson, and D.W. Williams. 2006. A guide to establishing seeded zoysiagrass in the transition zone. Online. Available at www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/ats/. Appl. Turfgrass Sci. doi:10.1094/ATS-2006-1004-01-MG.
  20. Patton, A.J., G.A. Hardebeck, D.W. Williams, and Z. J. Reicher. 2004. Establishment of bermudagrass and zoysiagrass by seed. Crop Sci. 44:2160-2167.
  21. Patton, A.J., D.W. Williams, and Z.J. Reicher. 2004. Renovating golf course fairways with zoysiagrass seed. HortScience 39:1483-1486.

Recent Refereed Research Proceedings:

  1. Richardson, M.D., A.J. Patton, and J.M. Trappe. 2010. Stresses associated with germination and establishment of overseeded turfgrass. Proceedings of the Seventh International Herbage Seed Conf. 7:82-88.
  2. Patton, A.J., A. Pompeiano, and J.M. Trappe. 2010. Does nitrogen source influence zoysiagrass growth? Proceedings European Turfgrass Soc. Conf. 2:175-177.
  3. Karcher, D.E., J. Summerford, M.D. Richardson, J.W. Boyd, and A.J. Patton. 2008. Managing Festuca pratensis and tetraploid Lolium perenne as an overseeded turf on athletic fields. Proceedings European Turfgrass Soc. Conf. 1:103-104.
  4. Richardson, M.D., D.E. Karcher, A.J. Patton, J.H. McCalla, and W.W Hanna. 2008. Influence of management practices on golf ball lie in bermudagrass. Proceedings European Turfgrass Soc. Conf. 1:161-162.

 

Teaching:
AGRY 512 Integrated Turfgrass Systems

Professional Experience:
2013-current Assoicate Professor/Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Purdue Univ,. Dept. of Agronomy
2010-2013 Assistant Professor/ Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Purdue Univ., Dept. of Agronomy.
2006-2010 Assistant Professor/ Turfgrass Extension Specialist, University of Arkansas, Dept. of Horticulture.
2003-2006 Graduate Research, Teaching and Extension Assistant, Purdue Univ., Dept. of Agronomy.
2001-2003 Graduate Research and Teaching Assist., Purdue Univ., Dept. of Agronomy.
1999-2001 Undergraduate and Graduate Teaching Assistant, Iowa State University, Dept. of Horticulture.

 

Awards and Honors:
Certificate of Excellence. American Society of Agronomy (A-4). 2010 Extension Education Materials Contest, Division: Publications 16 pages and under. Controlling nematodes on golf courses.

Extension Excellence Award for Early Career-Specialist, University of Arkansas Division of Agriculture, 2009

Extension Faculty of the Quarter, University of Arkansas Cooperative Extension Service, Jan-March 2008

Extension Communication Award from the Southern Region of the American Society for Horticultural Sciences for a manual, 2009.

Certificate of Excellence. American Society of Agronomy (A-4). 2008 Extension Education Materials Contest, Division: Publications 16 pages and under. Establishing a lawn from sod. Certificate of Excellence. American Society of Agronomy (A-4). 2007 Extension Education Materials Contest, Division: Websites. Winning website: http://turf.uark.edu/

Education:
B.S., Horticulture, Iowa State University
M.S., Agronomy, Purdue University
Ph.D., Agronomy, Purdue University

Date joined staff: 2010