The basis for sound nutrient management and water quality protection programs in turf management revolves around soil testing. A "Basic Soil Test" will typically provide information on soil pH and the levels of the macronutrients phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca). Having this information can help you build an effective fertilization program. Check out STMA's bulletin on Utilizing Soil Tests in Nutrient Management for Sports Fields for more information on the process and how to interpret results.
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• Volunteer to speak at local service clubs, such as Kiwanis, garden clubs, philanthropic organizations, etc., giving tips on how to best maintain a natural grass lawn and be a good environmental steward
• Organize a neighborhood cleanup day focusing on open areas and parks and use this opportunity to explain good management practices
• Post a notice at your facility promoting national lawncare month
• Do a lunch and learn session for those outside of your department about maintenance tips for a healthy lawn (and field)
• Remind patrons at your sporting events about the benefits of natural grass by providing handouts or using the scoreboard to promote good management
• Write an article for your facility about the importance of a well-managed natural grass surface.
Sixteen facilities have achieved environmental facility certification! They are:
• Peter Ashe, CSFM, University of North Carolina Greensboro, NC
• Paul Burgess, CSFM, (2) Ciudad REAL Madrid and Santiago Bernabeu Stadium - REAL Madrid, Spain
• John Cogdill, Boulder Parks & Rec, CO
• Ken Edwards, CSFM/Keair Edwards, The Gulfport Sportsplex, MS
• Edward Hall, Allen Pond Park, MD
• Israel Hinojosa, Minute Maid Park, TX
• Zack Holm & Team, (2) Red Bull Arena and Red Bull Training Faciality, NY
• Elliott Josephson, Prairie Ridge Sports Complex, IA
• Jason Koester, CGCS, Grinnell College Athletic Fields, IA
• Abby McNeal, CSFM, Ruby Hill Park, CO
• Travis Stephen, Longfellow Park, IL]
• Scott Stevens, CSFM, Elon University, NC
• Bruce Suddeth, USC Upstate Soccer Complex, SC
• Brian Winka, CSFM, Chesterfield Valley Athletic Complex, MO
The benefits of becoming certified include:
• Validates your environmental stewardship efforts and creates awareness with your peers, employer, field users, fans and the community at large
• Establishes your facility as a leader in environmental stewardship
• Documents stewardship which can help your chapter counter proposed local environmental regulations
• Provides continuing education resources to sports field managers on environmental best management practices
STMA's charity, The Foundation for Safer Athletic Fields for Everyone (SAFE), has added four new Board members. Appointed to the Board is Jody Gill, CSFM, Blue Valley School District, Overland Park, KS. Those elected to the Board include Marcus Dean, CSFM, University of Kentucky, Lexington, KY; Jeff Fowler, Penn State University Extension, Franklin, PA; and Victoria Wallace, University of Connecticut, Norwich, CT.
Other Board of Trustee members include: Chairman of the Board Jay Warnick, CSFM, FIELDS, Inc.; Mike Andresen, CSFM, Iowa State University; Scott Bills, CSFM, Sports Field Solutions, Jon Butler, Pop Warner Little Scholars; David Houseknecht, Little League International; Nick McKenna, CSFM, Texas A&M; Craig Potts, CSFM, Texas A&M; Chad Price, CSFM, CFB, Carolina Green Corp.; Paula Sliefert, The Toro Company; John Sorochan, Ph.D., University of Tennessee; Chris Sperry; and Steve Wightman.
SAFE's mission is to "Enrich communities through championing safe, sustainable sports and recreation fields for all athletes."
SAFE currently awards scholarships and grants, provides the student challenge winning teams' monetary prizes, and funds educational initiatives. It raises money from ground level support from STMA members and through various events held during the STMA annual conference, such as a golf tournament, bowling event, and live and silent auctions.
Corporate sponsorships also help to fund SAFE. Thank you to Beacon Athletics, Carolina Green Corp., Diamond Pro, FIELDS, Inc., Gail Materials, Harrell's, Little League International, JSM Services, Pioneer Athletics, The Toro Company, Turface Athletics, Vescio's Sportsfields, and Wesco Turf, Inc.
SAFE recently conducted an online auction that was successful. Look for its next online auction in June! To donate to SAFE, click here.
If you are hiring an intern this summer, remind your interns about applying for the Gary Vanden Berg Internship grant. The grant is intended to help offset the costs a student may have incurred while interning, including, but not limited to, transportation, lodging, and food, or as a subsidy to wages. Interns should apply after they complete their spring or summer internship, and the grant will be awarded in the fall. In addition to receiving the $1,000 grant, the winner will also receive a full conference registration and three night's lodging at the next STMA National Conference and Exhibition.
If you need help developing your internship program, click here to find out what interns seek in an internship.
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Every time you start a new assignment at work, you should feel confident in what is expected of you. Click here to read about the questions you should be asking your boss to avoid playing the guessing game.
#PoaDay is an annual Field Day event hosted by members of the turfgrass and ornamental weed science team at the University of Tennessee. The event was recorded and is available on-demand on the event's Facebook page. The University of Tennessee team addressed the emerging problem of herbicide resistance evolving in turfgrass weeds, particularly annual bluegrass. They also provided education about the different herbicidal modes of action available for annual bluegrass control.