John 'Trey' Rogers

Professor - Coordinator - Sports Turf and Golf Turf Management Programs; Turfgrass Research - Golf course renovations.

John 'Trey' Rogers


Plant and Soil Sciences Building
1066 Bogue St., Room 160A
East Lansing, MI 48824

Phone: (517) 353-0136

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Ph.D.   The Pennsylvania State University, 1988 (Agronomy)
M.S.     University of Arkansas, 1985  (Agronomy)
B.S.      University of Arkansas, 1982  (Agronomy)

General areas of expertise:

Turfgrass Management

Overview of current program:

Research focus on turfgrass establishment for golf course construction and renovation


Li, D, J.J. Henderson, J.T. Vanini, and J.N. Rogers, III. 2013. Research Tools and Technologies for Turfgrass Establishment. In J.C. Stier et al., editors, Turfgrass: Biology, Use and Management. Agron. Monogr. 56.              ASA, CSSA, SSSA, Madison, WI, 1189-1129.

Green, T. O., Dunne, J. C., and Rogers, J. N., III. 2012. A Clarification of seashore paspalum vernation description.   Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2012-0419-01-BR.

Kowalewski, A. R., Dunne, J. C., Rogers, J. N., III, and Crum, J. R. 2011. Heavy sand and crumb rubber topdressing improves Kentucky bluegrass wear tolerance. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-         1223-01-RS.

Kowalewski, A.R, J.R. Crum, J. N. Rogers, III, and J.C. Dunne. 2011 Improving Native Soil Athletic Fields With Intercept Drain Tile Installation and Subsequent Sand Topdressing Applications. Soil Science. 176(3):1-7

Kowalewski, A.R., J.N. Rogers III, J.R. Crum, and J.C. Dunne. 2010.  Sand Topdressing Applications Improve            Shear Strength and Turfgrass Density on Trafficked Athletic Fields.  HortTechnology.  20(5):865-872.

Kowalewski, A. R., Calhoun, R. N., Hathaway, A. D., and Rogers, J. N. III. 2010. Using cultural practices and leaf mulch to control weeds in established turfgrass. [Online]. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-        2010-0416-01-RS.

Garrison M.A., Stier J, Rogers J, Kowalewski A. 2009.  Cool-Season Turfgrass Survival on Two Former Golf Courses in Michigan. Invasive Plant Science and Management.  2:396-403.

Henderson, J.J.,  J.N. Rogers, III,  and J.R.Crum. 2009. The Effects of Natural and Artificial Root zone Inclusions on the Playing Surface Characteristics of Trafficked Kentucky Bluegrass.  International Turfgrass Research Society  Journal.  11:1107-1129.

Kowalewski, A.R., D. D. Buhler, N. S. Lang,  M. G. Nair, and J. N. Rogers, III.  2009.  Mulched Maple and Oak Leaves Associated with a Reduction in Common Dandelion Populations in Established Kentucky Bluegrass. HortTechnology 19: 297-304 Download .

Kowalewski A.R.,  Rogers J.N., Effects of ball mark repair tools on an annual bluegrass green.  Golf Course Management, Sept. 2008, 95-98. Download.

Kowalewski A.R.,  Rogers J.N.,  Dunne J and VanLoo, T.D. Effects of hollow-tine diameter and topdressing incorporation implements on sand topdressing integration.  Golf Course Management, Sept. 2008, 95-98.  Download.

Kowalewski A.R.,  Rogers J.N. and Crum J.R. 2008.  Sand Cap and Build-Up Systems for Michigan High School Fields, Michigan State University Extension.   Extenson Bulletin,  With Frequently Asked Questions.  

Kowalewski, A. R., J. N. III Rogers, and T. D. VanLoo. 2008. Pre-harvest core cultivation of sod provides alternative cultivation timing. [Online] Appl. Turfgrass Sci. p. [1-9].

Vanini, J. T., and Rogers, J. N., III. 2008. Mowing strategies and fertilization improves sports fields during and after 70-day re-establishment window. Online. Applied Turfgrass  Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2008-0218-01-RS.

Vanini, J.T., J.J. Henderson, J.C. Sorochan, and J.N. Rogers, III. 2007.  Evaluating Traffic Stress by the Brinkman

Traffic Simulator and Cady Traffic Simulator on a Kentucky Bluegrass Stand. Crop Sci.   47(2): p.780-784.

Sorochan, J.C., J.N. Rogers, III., J.C. Stier, and D.E. Karcher.  2005.  Determination of Nitrogen Fertilization for Poa supina Schrad. Grown on a Native Soil Athletic Field. International Turfgrass Research Society  Journal 10(1):441-445. 

Sorochan, J.C., J.N. Rogers, III., J.C. Stier, and D.E. Karcher.  2005.  Determination of Optimal Mowing Height for Poa supina Schrad. under Traffic Conditions. International Turfgrass Research Society Journal, 10(1):436-440 

Henderson, J.J., J.L. Lanovaz, J.N. Rogers, III., J.C. Sorochan, and J.T. Vanini.  2005.  A New Apparatus to Simulate Athletic Field Traffic: The Cady Traffic Simulator.  Agron. J. 97:1153-1157.

Calhoun, R., Sorochan, L., Sorochan, J., Rogers, J.N. and Crum, J. 2002. Optimizing Cultural Practices to Improve Athletic Field Performance.  Michigan State University Extension Bulletin E18TURF

Courses taught:

CSS 232                                Turfgrass Management 
CSS 262                                Turfgrass Seminar
CSS 267                                Performance Turf Design and Construction
CSS 269                                Turfgrass Strategies

Former Students:

John Stier, Assoc. Dean, University of Tennessee
John Sorochan, Assoc. Professor, University of Tennessee
Jason Henderson, Assoc. Professor, University of Connecticut
Alec Kowalewski, Asst. Professor, Oregon State University
Tim Van Loo - Head of Athletic Grounds, Iowa State University
Tim Vanini - President, New Dimensions Turfgrass, Buffalo, NY