Industry News

CA drought boosts business for artificial lawn installers; water companies resist

July 31, 2014
Bay Area companies that install artificial grass are seeing an uptick in business during California's record drought. But certain water companies are discouraging their customers from installing turf.
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Latest Ripken Experience baseball facility to have all synthetic fields

July 31, 2014
Construction of the Ripken Experience in Pigeon Forge will include six lighted baseball fields with synthetic turf, a lighted synthetic turf training area, batting cages, a 14,137-square-foot two-level clubhouse and a 2,749-square-foot concession building.
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STC Exhibitor Showcase Sept 30 in San Antonio

July 31, 2014
Join the Synthetic Turf Council in San Antonio, TX September 30 to view the latest products and services in the synthetic turf industry at the STC Exhibitor Showcase.
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Missouri State University opens new field hockey stadium

July 31, 2014
Missouri State shifted toward the World Cup standard in selecting the Sporturf FIH71 product, the same style the 2014 World Cup Field Hockey matches are played on.
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Freely available evapotranspiration maps help improve irrigation accuracy

July 29, 2014
Many [facilities] irrigate to replace some or all of the water lost during plant transpiration and soil evaporation. While most on-site weather stations calculate daily potential evapotranspiration, there is also a free website that provides accurate pET data from the High Plains Regional Climate Center.
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Will football turf at Purdue green up in time?

July 8, 2014
Blame the polar vortex. "This is Mother Nature at its finest," Al Capitos said [last week]. Capitos was standing inside Purdue's Ross-Ade Stadium on a brown patch, near what is believed to be the 50-yard line. Hard to tell with the brown overpowering the green. The prolonged periods of subzero temperatures killed the Bermuda grass. Not just at Purdue. Other stadiums are seeing the same color, and it's not green.
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Turf health through early pathogen detection: TurfPathoCHIP

July 8, 2014
Early detection and rapid pathogen identification is essential for turfgrass disease management. Click here to read about the TurfPathoCHIP and how it can assist turfgrass managers in successfully detecting turfgrass pathogens.
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The Noer/Milorganite Image Collection launches

July 8, 2014
The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District and the Turfgrass Information Center have announced the availability of the Noer/ Milorganite Image Collection website. This collection, sometimes known as the "Noer slides," currently features almost 13,000 35-mm slide images shot by O. J. Noer, and later, Charlie Wilson, Jim Latham and others. The digital archive is searchable, may be browsed by year or location, and can be accessed at: http://noermmsd.lib.msu.edu.
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Feed the Beast to aid winterkill recovery

July 8, 2014
The crazy spring weather [in Nebraska] has made reestablishing turf difficult following this year's winterkill. Spring started out cold and dry and then, as if someone flipped a switch, it's been hot, humid, and very wet. It created a very difficult environment to establish new grass.
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Renovating turf at the World Cup

July 3, 2014
The stadiums were switched from Bermuda grass to Rye grass because Bermuda grass is dormant during the Brazilian winter months of June and July and the pitches needed to be reinforced with a temperate sports turfgrass to provide the perfect playing surface during the tournament.
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Identifying poison ivy isn’t always easy to do

July 1, 2014
Don't spoil your summer fun by coming in contact with poison ivy; learn to identify it so you can avoid it.
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Sports concussions subject of new compilation from ASTM International

July 1, 2014
STP 1552 includes 17 peer-reviewed papers that examine the science of the mechanism of concussion that occurs in sports, including ice hockey, football and speed skating. This new research could lead to the development of techniques and methods related to sports-related concussions.
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Broadleaf weeds white clover and black medic are now flowering in turf

July 1, 2014
White clover and black medic are commonly found growing on low fertility, low maintenance sites. Black medic and clover are very competitive in low fertility sites because they host rhizobacteria that fix atmospheric nitrogen into plant available nitrogen.
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Project EverGreen mobilizes to restore Liberty Island 9/11 Memorial Grove

July 1, 2014
The Statue of Liberty was dedicated in October 1886 and served to welcome immigrants seeking freedom in the United States. In 2012, 126 years later, almost to the day, Hurricane Sandy left Liberty Island under five feet of salt water destroying the trees planted there to honor the victims of 9/11.
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Removing infield lips via sod cutter

July 1, 2014
What causes lips? Dragging practices (too close to the edge), poor infield mixes with poor silt/clay ratios (SCR's), not edging on a frequent basis (once a month), overall excessive use of a field. Click here to see how to fix, from J&D Turf's Jamie Mehringer
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Purdue considering synthetic turf after tough winter for bermudagrass

June 26, 2014
As Purdue officials move closer to determining the final look for Ross-Ade Stadium's south end zone, one area that will get a closer examination is the playing surface. The harsh winter has impacted the recovery time for the Bermuda grass to the point where athletic director Morgan Burke is exploring the idea of switching to synthetic turf. The grass practice field also is struggling to recover.
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EMU going with gray turf

June 26, 2014
Eastern Michigan football coach Chris Creighton wants his team to have the attitude that it will play anyone, anywhere. "We'll play in a parking lot on glass," the first-year coach said. Creighton's attempts to change the culture within the Eagles' football program led to the school announcing Thursday it will replace its artificial turf with FieldTurf that looks like concrete. The project is scheduled to begin in July. The school was already planning to replace the 9-year-old surface at Rynearson Stadium this year.
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STC Las Vegas meeting presentations now posted

June 26, 2014
The meeting presentations from the 2104 Spring Membership Meeting in Las Vegas have been posted. All presentations are available to STC members only. You will need to sign in to view and download the files. Please send an email to office@syntheticturfcouncil.org if you require assistance signing into the STC website.
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STC Webinar: Performance Guidelines & Testing Methods

June 26, 2014
During the webinar, you will receive insight from four expert panelists about: current market for the synthetic turf industry; STC's performance guidelines; and different testing methods and their recommended frequencies.
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Control of yellow nutsedge in athletic fields

June 24, 2014
Yellow nutsedge may not be the worst weed problem in athletic fields, but when conditions are right, it can certainly be a nuisance. Fortunately, nutsedge is relatively easy to control when using the proper herbicide at the correct stage of growth.
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