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It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise

I took the title of this post from Gabriel García Márquez. That describes what I had been experiencing recently. And that was even before the elephants arrived. Here’s what happened. It had been raining for over a week, tropical rainy season kind of rain, a little more every day.
It was as if God had decided to put to the test every capacity for surprise

The Gateway Chip

Funny how I happened to be in 7-11 again the other day. Out of the corner of my eye, I saw some unfamiliar packaging, and took a closer look to find the details of this new flavor.
The Gateway Chip

rturf 10: summarising by group, and chart facets

In the last episode, I showed how R packages—also called libraries—can be loaded into the working environment. These packages contain useful functions. One that I use all the time is the summarise function in the dplyr package.
rturf 10: summarising by group, and chart facets

My current training diet

If you’re like me, this is the time of year when you’ve got more bananas and passion fruit than you know what to do with. I’ve been mixing 500 mL boxes of coconut milk with about 75 cm3 of chia seeds to make a pudding.
My current training diet


Micah Woods, Ph.D., is the founder and chief scientist of the Asian Turfgrass Center. Since graduating from Oregon State University in 1998, Micah has been traveling extensively, collecting data, and advising turfgrass managers across Asia, Australia, North America, and Europe. From 2001 to 2005, he was in New York to study with Frank Rossi at Cornell University. The broad scope of his research on grasses around the world led to his collaboration with scientists from PACE Turf to create the MLSN guidelines which are applicable to turf in all climate zones, or as he says, “any grass, anywhere.” You can read more about Micah’s unique take on tending turfgrass in his book, A Short Grammar of Greenkeeping, as well as on his website,

If you have the pleasure of hearing Micah speak at a conference, you may notice that he frequently dons a bow tie and sports some unusual hairstyles. A devoted Dickens fan, Micah has read all of his novels, from Barnaby Rudge to A Tale of Two Cities. Micah is inspired as much by clever turns of phrase and stunning mountaintop views as he is by solving problems, creating graphs, and discovering unexpected statistics.


  • Turfgrass nutrition
  • Turfgrass selection
  • Efficient greenkeeping


  • PhD in Horticulture, 2006

    Cornell University

  • BSc in Horticulture, 1998

    Oregon State University





Measure exact topdressing effect, and requirement, by checking total organic matter by depth.


I’ve written a few books about greenkeeping, turfgrass science, and clipping volume.

Global Soil Survey

Checking soil nutrient levels of good-performing turf all over the world.


Minimum levels for sustainable nutrition—MLSN—is a modern method for interpreting soil tests for turfgrass.