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  • Comprehensive fungicide program development with emphasis on turf disease control

  • Site visits to identify causes of unhealthy turf, and advice on tactics to mitigate current damage and to avoid similar issues in the future



  • Seminar topics and agenda tailored to client requests and prospective audiences

  • For industry sales representatives and field staff, turf managers and assistants, and university extension staff



  • Online decision-support for fungicide and chemical program development

  • Location-specific disease threat forecasts for Dollar Spot, Brown Patch, and Pythium Blight


Dr. Rick Latin is a professor emeritus of plant pathology at Purdue University, where he was a member of the faculty for more than 37 years. Dr. Latin’s research focused on turf disease control and factors that influence fungicide performance.


Rick has contributed educational seminars at GCSAA annual meetings since 2009. In addition to participating in local and regional conferences in the United States and Canada, Latin has lectured in Europe and Asia on the principles of fungicide action on turf. He authored many research papers, and the industry standard textbook, A Practical Guide to Turfgrass Fungicides—with the second edition due in early 2020.


In 2018, Dr. Latin was honored with the GCSAA Col. John Morely Distinguished Career Award and was recognized as a Scientific Fellow of the American Phytopathological Society. In 2019 he received the Distinguished Service Award from the Midwest Regional Turf Foundation.

Dr. Latin earned his B.S. degree at Waynesburg College, and M.S. and Ph.D. degrees at Penn State University.

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Rick Latin, Ph.D.

President  |  RL Turf, LLC

Professor Emeritus  |  Purdue University



Rick Latin, Ph.D.

765.427.6099 (cell)

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