John N. "Trey" Rogers III, Ph.D.
160A Plant and Soil Sciences Bldg
Dr. John N. Rogers, III is a Professor of Turfgrass Management in the Department of Crop and Soil Sciences at Michigan State University. He has been on the faculty there since 1988. He is a native of Arkansas and grew up working at Hardscrabble Country Club in Fort Smith, Arkansas. He received a B.S. in Agronomy at the University of Arkansas in 1982 and then returned to be an Assistant Superintendent at Hardscrabble Country Club 1982‑1983. He returned to the University of Arkansas and earned M.S. in Agronomy in 1985 and received his Ph.D. in Agronomy from Penn State University in 1988 where his research centered on athletic fields.
Dr. Rogers is also the Coordinator of the 2‑year Golf Turfgrass Management program at Michigan State University. His turfgrass research interests at MSU include athletic field management and reduced light conditions; specifically wear tolerance, soil modification, and field hardness and traction. He served as the lead scientist for the indoor turf project at the Pontiac Silverdome for the 1994 World Cup Soccer matches and the project leader of the Spartan Stadium turfgrass conversion in 2001-02. His National and International lectures and presentations total over 170 with over 110 publications and one book. He was a turf consultant and project leader for the 2004 and 2008 Summer Olympic Games and the 2008 UEFA Cup. He is the senior author of two U.S. Patents and one book. His consultations on athletic field and turfgrass matters are extensive throughout United States as well as China, Greece, Japan, Argentina, Brazil, England, and Spain. National organizations include the American Society of Agronomy and Crop Science Society of America. Honors include the Institute of Agriculture Technology Outstanding Faculty Member at Michigan State University and William H. Daniel award, the highest honor given by the Sports Turf Managers Association.