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STMA and its charitable foundation, SAFE, (Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone) remind you that they have jointly created two valuable educational DVDs for your library about baseball field maintenance.
STMA's Technical Standards Committee learned that the ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) is developing a Standard Practice for Creating a List of Invasive Plants that are Environmentally Harmful (ASTM Standard WK40773). This list will include turfgrass. If successful, this standard could make turfgrass illegal for use on landscape that choose or are required to conform to ASTM standards.
Each month two speakers presenting at the 2016 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in San Diego, California will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!
The session “New Trends and Technology in Sports Turf” will be taking place again at the 2016 STMA Conference. The goal of this 1-hour education session is to allow commercial companies to introduce new or improved products and services. The session will feature 10 speakers representing STMA’s commercial companies. Each speaker will have 5 minutes to introduce and explain the benefits of their product or service to conference attendees.
Various parts of the country are experiencing extreme weather conditions – drought in California and flooding in Texas and Oklahoma. STMA has educational resources that can help you manage your facility during challenging conditions. Football Field Management During a Drought discusses how you can prepare for a drought and how to handle drought conditions.
STMA’s Environmental Committee developed a set of environmental principles to help guide the work of sports field managers. The STMA Board of Directors subsequently adopted the principles and recommends that members also adopt them. The Principles are voluntary and are just a guide. Use them as a framework for your environmental stewardship. They are not step-by-step instructions; rather, they represent a philosophy of responsible and sustainable field management.
STMA's Turfgrass Science Curriculum was developed to introduce students to the turfgrass industry. The lessons build a solid foundation in the science and practices of turfgrass management so students can successfully care for a turfgrass surface. The curriculum is broken into 5 units:
STMA has teamed up with Athletic Management to produce a three-edition, interactive, Guide to Grass Field Maintenance. This Guide contains an annual plan and valuable tips to help you develop and maintain high-quality, safe grass playing fields for your athletic teams.
Integrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally and economically effective approach to pest management. IPM programs identify weed, insect, and disease pests, and then use current, comprehensive information on pest life cycles and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to make a decision about managing pests by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment.