Educational Workshops are offered on Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Come learn from respected experts of the Turfgrass industry on a variety of topics!

Workshop 1 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Golf
Rootzone OM Management-  Roch Gaussoin, University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Successful organic matter (OM) management on golf greens is a critical, daunting and sometimes controversial task. Confusion concerning optimal and, more importantly, supra-optimal OM levels that compromise green quality, including playability and agronomics are reported, yet contradictory. This workshop will discuss more than a dozen years of research on creeping bentgrass and provides a conclusive and relatively simple solution to organic matter accumulation and management. This will be a comprehensive workshop on organic matter (OM) development in turfgrass systems. Positives and negatives of OM, where it comes from and what to do about it.

Workshop 2 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Irrigation/Environmental  
Basic Electrical and 2 wire Troubleshooting– Dennis Lynch, CPS Distributors
This class is designed for beginner to intermediate irrigation technicians.  The participants will receive instruction in both conventional and 2-wire electrical components of the irrigation electrical system, techniques to determine the electrical viability of each component, the proper usage of troubleshooting equipment, time tested ways to address specific troubleshooting situations in the field, and ways to prevent electrical surges and damage to irrigation controllers and field components.  There will be some hands-on activity using multimeters during the class.

Workshop 3 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Sports Turf
Intro to Field Performance and Safety– John Sorochan, University of Tennessee
“Sports Turf Management: Research and Science to Improve Athlete Safety and Performance”
This seminar will teach you about the latest discoveries for athletic field maintenance.  Discussion will include:
Importance of sports turf management including facts regarding athlete injuries
Research focusing on athlete to surface interactions
Natural and synthetic turf – what you need to know

Workshop 4 - 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM - Pesticide Applicator **MUSTregister For FULL DAY (AM and PM Workshop)**
Commercial Applicator Test Prep Course – Thia Walker, Colorado State University  
Are you nervous and unsure how to prepare for the Commercial Applicator Test? Thia Walker will navigate through the Commercial Applicator Pesticide Study Guide to prepare attendees for the General Exam. Attendees will highlight areas to review in the study guide so they know exactly what information to focus on. Areas covered will include the necessary federal and state laws & regulations, applicator safety, pesticide labels and labeling, pesticide formulations, identifying hosts, environmental safety and pesticide applications. And learn how to do that ‘dreaded math’ for applications!  
The newly revised workshop manual will be available for purchase at the workshop itself. Manual cost is $25 each, checks or exact cash only.

Workshop 5 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Landscape Technology
Turf Grassy ID – Dr. Tony Koski, Colorado State University (Category 206 – 2 credits)
Attendees will learn how to use botanical characteristics and both paper and online keys to identify common turf species and weedy grasses, using live samples. Approaches to management will be discussed, but the focus will be on proper identification of grasses and why it is important to develop this important skill.

Workshop 6 - 8:00 AM-12:00 PM - Service 
EETC Certification Course:  Drive Train & Hydraulics – Erik Sides, Executive Director EETC
Learn about the basics of hydraulics for outdoor power equipment. In this course we will cover hydraulic principles and fundamentals, hydraulic components, schematics/symbols, and various circuit types used on outdoor power equipment. The principles learned in this course will arm the technician with a better understanding of hydraulic systems and how they work.
Study Guide Available
Testing on December 5, 2018
MAX of 30 Registrants

Workshop 7 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Golf
Labor, People, What we call culture –Pat Finlen/Carlos Arraya
The appreciation of hard work and good salaries are no longer enough to achieve a productive satisfied labor force. Golf Course Superintendents and Assistants are required to evolve their leadership skills to meet the demands expected from the labor force today. Attendees will learn how the evolution of the work force has changed the business of golf, how to lead the generational gap, how to adapt to maximize productivity, while delivering on the club’s mission statement and how to create a winning team culture for tomorrow. 

Workshop 8 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Irrigation/Environmental
Pumping System Maintenance –Speaker TBD
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Workshop 9 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Sports Turf
Soils for Sports Turf– Dr. Tony Koski
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Workshop 10 - 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Landscape Technology
Healthy Landscape:  Nailed it or Failed it! – Alison O’Connor/Eric Hammond 
Join Eric and Alison for a combination of lecture and on-site examples of landscaping done right…and where it didn’t go as planned. Gain knowledge of the best way to approach landscape maintenance based on the latest research and science. This class will cover the landscape as a whole—from trees and shrubs, to soil health, and weed management.

Workshop 11 -1:00 PM - 5:00 PM - Service 
EETC Certification Course:  Electrical Training– Erik Sides, Executive Director EETC
This interactive, hands-on course will cover diagnostic procedures using practical methods and tools to expand knowledge of basic electrical systems. Students will have the opportunity   to use applied electrical trainers (AET) to build common circuits, learn how to read schematics and troubleshoot/diagnose systems and their components with the use of digital multi- meters.     
Study Guide Available
Testing on December 5, 2018
MAX of 30 Registrants

Space is limited to the first 60 registrants for each workshop(Except where otherwise noted).


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