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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.
Do you want to follow STMA using Twitter, but haven't signed up? It's easy! Just follow these 7 steps and you are on your way to becoming better informed about all that is happening in the industry. Below, we have included a sample of the variety and scope of tweets that you'll see by being a follower @Field Experts. STMA also uses Twitter exclusively to notify its membership when new job openings are posted in the STMA Career Center.
Chairman of the Board of Trustees Cathy Bradley has notified the SAFE and STMA Boards of Directors that she will be leaving her office, effective Jan. 1, 2016. Bradley has been its Chairman of the Board since Jan. 2013.
STMA is again supporting the Green Sports Alliance annual Summit as a Community Partner.
The Soil Science Society of America is coordinating with the Global Soil Partnership and other organizations to raise awareness and promote the sustainability of our limited soil resources. Soils are a finite natural resource and are nonrenewable on a human-time scale. Soils are the foundation for food, animal feed, fuel and natural fiber production, the supply of clean water, nutrient cycling and a range of ecosystem functions.
Help parent and youth groups understand the importance of safe fields and the role of a sports field manager.
STMA's Conference Education Committee is in the process of selecting the education program for the 2016 Conference and Exhibition. We are opening up the option to all STMA members to review submittals and vote on the presentations you would most like to see on the 2016 Conference Education Program. This allows the Conference Education Committee to evaluate the needs of STMA members and increase educational value for conference attendees.
If you host a Spring sport, 3 PCIs are REQUIRED now.
If you are submitting a Field of the Year application (Oct. 15 deadline) do not forget to complete the PCI. Four separate PCI worksheets are required; three must be conducted in the season of the field's primary sport, and one must be conducted in the off-season.
Your turf survived the long, hard winter and now it is time to get your field ready for play again. Hopefully, you prepared your field for the winter during the fall and you are heading into the spring with a strong, healthy turf stand. Even if your field is not in the condition you want it to be in at the beginning of spring, there are things you can do to get it ready for the first game. After all, you know that as soon as the weather breaks, your field will be a busy place.