Tues., Jan. 24
STMA Short Courses
2:30 - 5 pm
A Break Through Approach to Human Growth and
Speaker: Phil Eason - PLG Leadership
Participants will learn a break through approach to human growth,
development and leadership by understanding that the key to success is
to fully understand how to apply their greatest talents. A talent is a
naturally recurring pattern of thought, feeling or behavior. Tap into this
wisdom for more direction, confidence, hope and productivity.
Participants will learn how to identify and build on their natural strengths.
Calibration Basics for Spreaders and Sprayers –
Small vs. Large
Speaker: Samuel Doak - Virginia Tech
This presentation will focus on the basic principles of calibration using a
simple, logical progression. Attendees will learn how to accurately
calibrate both small and large spreaders and sprayers using simple
calculations and common sense.
Research for Everyday Field Managers
Speaker: Grady Miller, Ph.D. - North Carolina State University
With increased need for fields, increased attention to safety and liability,
greater use of technology, and greater conservation of resources, the
role of research will become a more significant factor in day-to-day field
management. This presentation will discuss common research
techniques that can be employed by field managers, as well as provide
information on how to access and utilize the research of others.
Wed., Jan. 25
8 - 9:30 am
Opening General Session
A Visit with the Doctors – Your Annual Sports Turf Physical
Speakers: Andrew McNitt, Ph.D. - The Pennsylvania State University;
John Sorochan, Ph.D. - University of Tennessee
Join us for discussion and commentary on individual topics important to
the sports turf industry. Questions and comments from the audience will
9:45 - 10:45 am
What About the Micronutrients?
Speaker: Nick Christians, Ph.D. - Iowa State University
The presentation will cover several years of research on the effects of
micronutrients on the growth and development of turf. The attendee will
develop an understanding of plant physiology and how micronutrients fit
into a fertility program.
Speaker: Trey Rogers, Ph.D. - Michigan State University
This presentation will provide a simple understanding of turfgrass
management using concepts transferable to a wide range of
constituents. Attendees will learn about turfgrass as a living organism
and the management practices required for turfgrass health.
Central Control and Varying Types of Soils in Sports Fields
Speaker: John Cogdill - City of Boulder Parks and Recreation
Boulder, CO resides in a semi-arid environment, receiving about 20.7
inches of precipitation a year and often experiencing varying levels of
drought conditions. Boulder Parks and Recreation Dept. is the largest
user of water in the city. This presentation will focus on use of Central
Control when managing water on different types of soils, water
conservation scheduling techniques, and water component strategies
to promote plant health.
Managing a Synthetic Turf Infield and Natural Grass Outfield
Speakers: Chris Pearl and Jonathan Smoot - Eastern Kentucky University
The D- 1 college baseball program at Eastern Kentucky University plays
on a synthetic turf infield and natural grass outfield. This presentation
will discuss maintenance practices and the pros and cons associated
with the different surfaces. In addition, the baseball complex is
undergoing a three phase renovation process. Goals and how they were
or were not met during tough economic times will also be discussed.
In Season Resodding
Speaker: Tony Leonard - Philadelphia Eagles
Throughout the fall, Lincoln Financial Field is used by the Eagles,
Temple University, and for other events such as concerts and soccer
matches. The demand for better grass surfaces and logos for non Eagles
events has required grass replacement mid-season. This presentation
will focus on sodding techniques, efficiency, and required maintenance
to keep clients satisfied and host multiple events while still maintaining a
quality grass surface.