Frequently Asked Questions
What is TWCA?
TWCA is a 501c3 non-profit organization dedication to water conservation and committed to preserving the ecological benefits of turfgrass in the managed environment.
Is TWCA just a gimmick?
No! TWCA is a rigorous third-party peer reviewed trialing process.
How long is each trial?
Five (5) years. TWCA uses one (1) year for establishment. Then TWCA collects three (3) years of data. Finally, the last year is the qualification process.
What does a trial cost?
Each TWCA trial is budgeted at $325,000 for the entire trial. in the 2018 Kentucky bluegrass trial ten (10) cultivars qualified making the Qualification cost per cultivar nearly $33,000.
Why is it so expensive?
TWCA cooperators are the backbone of the program. Cooperators are recognized with unrestricted gifts of $5,000 annually. If a location successfully collects data, all three (3) years, they are recognized in the final year with an additional gift of $2,500.
Trialing also includes the Data Evaluation and Statistical Analyst position and administrative costs.
30 Years to Now: The TWCA Timeline
TWCA first qualified drought tolerant turfgrasses in 2010, but the roots of the organization extend much deeper. 30 years ago, Kenneth Hignight joined the turf breeding program at Van der Haven Seed and planted the seed that grew into TWCA.