Cole Thompson

Cole Thompson


·Turfgrass Science

Cole Thompson

Assistant Professor, Integrated Turfgrass Management Extension Specialist

B.S., Agriculture, Kansas State University, 2008

M.S., Horticulture, Kansas State University, 2011

Ph.D., Horticulture, Kansas State University, 2014

Area of Focus

Integrated Turfgrass Weed and Disease Management

Research Interests

  • Integrated weed and disease management strategies in all turfgrass settings
  • Ecological aspects of pest prevalence
  • Alternative and input-limited turfgrass and pest management strategies
  • Environmental fate of pesticides in urban settings

Extension Interests

  • Increase the implementation of input-limited turfgrass pest management that integrates multiple control strategies
  • Integrate consumer expectations and turfgrass and pest control strategies
  • Encourage precision residential turfgrass management

Courses Taught


  • Thompson, C., J. Fry, R. Braun, and M. Kennelly. 2017. Rough bluegrass incidence in a new tall fescue sward as affected by seeding rate and mowing height. Crop Forage Turfgrass Manage. 3:1-4. doi:10.2134/cftm2016.11.0074.
  • Thompson, C., M. Kennelly, J. Fry, M. Sousek, and Z. Reicher. 2017. Physiological and pathogenic contributors to summer decline of roughstalk bluegrass. Int. Turfgrass Soc. Res. J. 13:1-9. doi:10.2134/itsrj2016.05.0304.
  • Thompson, C., M. Sousek, Z. Reicher, J. Fry, and M. Kennelly. 2016. Evaluation of selective herbicide combinations and paclobutrazol for rough bluegrass control. Online. Crop Forage Turfgrass Manage doi:10.2134/cftm2015.0123
  • Thompson, C., J. Fry, M. Kennelly, M. Sousek, and Z. Reicher. 2014. Seasonal timing of glyphosate application influences control of Poa trivialis.  Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.2134/ATS-2013-0044-BR.
  • Thompson, C. and J. Fry. 2014. Recovery of ‘Chisholm’ zoysiagrass after sod harvest as affected by simazine and nitrogen fertility. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.2134/ATS-2013-0031-BR.
  • Thompson, C., J. Fry, and M. Kennelly. 2011. Evaluation of conventional and alternative products for silvery-thread moss control in creeping bentgrass. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-1018-01-RS.
  • Thompson, C., M. Kennelly, and J. Fry. 2011. Effect of nitrogen source on silvery-thread moss on a creeping bentgrass putting green. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-1018-02-RS.