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William J. Johnston

Bill Johnston

219 Johnson Hall
PO Box 646420
Pullman WA 99164-6420 USA
Phone 509-335-3620
FAX 509-335-8674




B.S. Pennslyvania State University 1965
M.S., Ph.D. Auburn University 1974, 1980


Turfgrass Management — Current emphasis:

  • Selective control of annual bluegrass in golf course fairways with mesotrione, methiozolin, and Pseudomonas fluoroscens ‘D7’
  • Snow mold disease control with fungicides in the Pacific Northwest
  • NETP trials wtih cool-season turfgrasses

Grass Seed Production — Current emphasis:

  • Bluegrass germplasm evaluation for seed yield and turfgrass quality without open-field burning

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WSU Turfgrass Management Teaching and Research


Kimura, E., S.C. Fransen, H.P. Collins, B.J. Stanton, A. Himes, J. Smith, S.O. Guy, and W.J. Johnston.  2018.  Effect of intercropping hybrid poplar and switchgrass on biomass yield, forage quality, and land use efficiency for bioenergy production.  Biomass and Bioenergy 111: 31-31.

Stahnke, G.K., W.J. Johnston, and M. Ophardt. 2016. Fine fescue for home lawns. Wash. State Univ. Ext. Svc. FS200E.

Johnston, W., R. Johnson, C. Golob, K. Dodson, M. Nelson, G. Stahnke, and E. Guertal. 2015. Development of turf-type Poa pratensis L. germplasm for seed production without field burning. Athens J. of Sci. 2(1):9-15.

Kimura, E., S.C. Fransen, H.P. Collins, S.O. Guy, and W.J. Johnston. 2015. Breaking seed dormancy of switchgrass (Panicum virgatum L.):A review. Biomass and Bioenergy 80:94-101.

Johnston, W.J., C.T. Golob, K.L. Dodson, R.C. Johnson, M.C. Nelson, G.K. Stahnke, and E.A. Guertal. 2015. Development of turf-type Poa pratensis L germplasm for seed production without field burning. In A. Rakshit (ed.), Ch. 6, p. 58-63. Athens Institute for Education and Research.

Proctor, C., W.J. Johnston, G.K. Stahnke, C.T. Golob., and M.W. Williams. 2013. Topdressing sand color, cultivation timing, and cultivation method effects on disruption of a creeping bentgrass golf green in the Intermountain Pacific Northwest.  Appl. Turf. Sci. (29 July 2013).

Johnston, W.J., M.W. Williams, C.T. Golob, J. Yenish, and E.D. Miltner. 2013. Mesotirone impregnated fertilizer use during establishment of cool-season turfgrasses. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 12:663-669.

Golob, C.T., W.J. Johnston, C. Proctor, and M.W. Williams. 2013. Selective Agrostis stolonifera L. removal from Lolium perenne L. with mesotrione. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J. 12:739-741.

Johnston, W.J., R.C. Johnson, C.T. Golob, K.L. Dodson, D. Silbernagel, and G.K. Stanke. 2013. Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) germplasm for non-burn seed production. In A. Rakshit (ed.) Technological Advancements for Vibrant Agriculture. Athens Inst. for Education and Research. Chapter 4. pp. 43-49.

Johnston, W.J., and C.T. Golob.  2012. Poa annua control with methiozolin in Agrostis stolonifera golf greens. Bioforsk Fokus 7(8):104-105.

Golob, C.T., and W.J. Johnston. 2012. Multiple applications of mesotrione and mesotrione plus ethofumesate for selective post-emergence Poa annua L. suppression in Poa pratensis L. fairways. Bioforsk Fokus 7(8):115-116.

Johnston, W.J., R.C. Johnson, C.T. Golob, K.L. Dodson, D.A. Silbernagel, and G.K. Stahnke. 2012. Kentucky bluegrass (Poa pratensis L.) germplasm of non-burn seed production. Athens: ATINER’S Conf. Paper Ser., No. AGR2012-0181.

Johnson, R.C., W.J. Johnston, F.B. Bertoli, and C.T. Golob. 2010. Seed yield, development, and variation in diverse Poa pratensis accessions. Crop. Sci. 50:337-344.

Proctor, C., R. Koenig, and W. Johnston. 2010. Potential for ammonia volatilization in dryland Kentucky bluegrass seed production systems. Commun. Soil Sci. and Plant Anal. 4:320-331.

Williams, M.W., W.J. Johnston, J. Yenish, E.D. Miltner, and C.T. Golob. 2009. Glasshouse evaluation of pre-plant and at planting applications of mesotrione on perennial ryegrass and chewings fescue. Int. Turf. Soc. Res. J.  11:1237-1235.

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