Specializing in plant genetics, plant breeding and turfgrass management, Milt Engelke, Ph.D, developed and released more than 30 turfgrass varieties to the turf industry. Engelke worked with buffalograss, St. Augustinegrass, creeping bentgrass, perennial and annual ryegrass, and tall fescue—but his true turfgrass passion remains zoysiagrass.
Engelke’s primary research emphasis is water conservation, water quality and adaptability to stress environments such as temperature extremes and saline water and soils. He also examines soil management and water management with an emphasis on bentgrass and zoysiagrass.
Engelke taught numerous GCSAA classes over the past three decades, including Plant Identification, Bentgrass Management and Zoysiagrass Management. During the Zoysiagrass Tour, he will target the biological strengths of zoysiagrasses, which supports the sustainability and longevity of this ancient turfgrass as one of the most important grasses for future consideration. Improvements in existing and forthcoming varieties are truly game changers for those superintendents wanting to make a true difference and enhancing the game of golf.