Sports Turf


Sports Turf Managers and anyone responsible for designing or maintaining athletic fields will find the Sports Turf Track beneficial.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Wednesday, December 5
Turfgrass Management Strategies for high use athletic fields– John Sorochan, University of Tennessee
This seminar will on the basic principles for effective athletic field maintenance.  Discussion will include:
Implementation of primary cultural practices of mowing, fertilization, irrigation, cultivation, and pest management
Best use of financial resources to provide a consistent and safe playing surface

1:00 PM-2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 5
Soil Test Interpretation...The Numbers– Dr. Tony Koski, Colorado State University
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3:00 PM-4:00 PM, Wednesday, December 5
Title TBD – Mike Cohn, Magnation
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8:00 AM-9:00 AM, Thursday, December 6
Infield soils:  Picking the right product– Jack Weil, LL Johnson
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10:00 AM-11:00 AM, Thursday, December 6
Baseball and Softball infields:  Construction, Renovation and Maintenance– Randy Hamilton
This course will focus on the skinned portion of baseball and softball infields.  Discussion points will include (a) how to select the right type of infield soil mix, (b) new infield construction guidelines, (c) renovation options for existing infields, and (d) maintenance fundamentals to provide safe, playable and consistent conditions.

11:00 AM-12:00 PM, Thursday, December 6
Poa Control on Athletic Fields– Troy Smith
Poa annua is a particularly poor turf for athletic fields but is found on almost all of them!  In this presentation we will examine the life cycle and growth characteristics of Poa annua as well as ways to limit the spread of the species.  Cultural practices will be reviewed and uses of different chemicals will be discussed.  Open participation by attendees to exchange control options will be promoted.

12:00 PM-1:00 PM, Thursday, December 6
Ice Melt Slice Effects on Turfgrass and Landscape– Randy Goings
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