The pastoral setting of Olds College’s 2060 acres of prime central Albertan farmland makes it a natural fit for agricultural, horticultural, and turfgrass research. The college has a dedicated Crop Research department to serve companies in seeking science-based solutions, with well maintained small plot field research facilities. The Prairie Turfgrass Research Centre consists of 3 hectares of land dedicated to cool season turfgrass research that focuses on the unique challenges the of Albertan environment. The PTRC consists of both creeping bentgrass and annual bluegrass putting greens, two rainout shelters, and dedicated greenhouse and controlled environment chamber space to allow for year-round research
projects that focus on improving plant performance while minimizing inputs.