February 2011



Control winter weeds pre-emergently in warm-season turf

Developing your weed management program to eliminate winter weeds depends on several factors. Understanding the lifecycle of the weed, timing of application, and soil temperatures all play a role in determining whether a pre-emergence or post-emergence product is best for your situation. 
Click here to read more about how to successfully manage winter weeds in warm-season turf using a combination of pre-emergence and post-emergence products.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Leaders Cannot Afford to Neglect Planning
By John C. Maxwell
"Good planning always costs less than good reacting."   Wayne Schmidt

In October 2010 the most expensive public works project in America, ARC, officially met its demise. The project would have constructed two tunnels beneath the Hudson River to add much-needed railways between New Jersey and Manhattan. However, poor planning led to wasteful spending and put the project on pace to exceed its budget by at least $1 billion. To read the full article, click here.

News You Can Use

Companies Announce Winners of STMA Programs
Pioneer Athletics and Smithco each conducted separate incentive programs during the STMA 22nd Annual Conference and Exhibition; what they have in common is that STMA and its members benefit!

Pioneer Athletics conducted a drawing for five 2011 STMA memberships (or 2012 if the winners had already renewed their memberships). The five who will receive Pioneer-paid STMA memberships are:
Rick Covert, San Diego Community College; John Barta, Billings Mustangs; Sam Jones, University of Delaware; Patrick Jonas, St. Andrew's Parish Parks & Playground; and Peter Thibeault, Noble & Greenough School.

Smithco held a drawing for an STMA member's trip to the 2012 Conference in Long Beach next January. The winner is Paige Cruse of the City of Franklin, TN.

22nd Annual STMA Conference and Exhibition Wrap Up
More than 1,500 people traveled to Austin, Texas to attend or exhibit at STMA's Annual Conference and Exhibition. Despite unseasonal weather in Austin and severe winter storms shutting down airports throughout the eastern U.S., the attendance in Texas was up more than 7% over the 2010 show in Orlando. Thank you to all the attendees, presenters, exhibitors and sponsors in Austin

Read highlights of the Austin Conference in the Conference Press Release.

SAFE has a record year in Austin!
The SAFE Live Auction, SAFE Raffle and the SAFE Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jacobsen, pushed total funds raised for the Foundation to more than $25,000 at the Austin Conference. SAFE was the beneficiary of some excellent donated items which were auctioned off before the Awards Banquet on Fri., Jan. 14. In addition to the usual autographed items, team gear, and sports memorabilia donated by many different members (Thank You!), Toro donated a Turf GuardTM System, valued at $7,800, and Douglas Speed donated an African Photos Safari, valued at $4,000. Those two items were the most valuable SAFE has ever received as donations. Thank you Jacobsen, Toro, Doug and any other companies or individuals who donated items or placed bids at the Conference!

To read more about SAFE events at the conference, click here.
To read more about the SAFE Golf Tournament, presented by Jacobsen, click here.

Three STMA Innovative Awards Presented
STMA presented its first annual Innovative Awards to companies deemed to have the most innovative products and services in the industry. Congratulations to Barenbrug USA, Bush Sports Turf and SportsEdge, Inc. for winning this prestigious honor. These companies received signage at the show and the use of the 2011 STMA Innovative Product Award Logo forever, with regards to the winning product. Later this spring, STMA will announce the 2012 STMA Innovative Awards Program application and deadlines.

SAFE, Turface Athletics Again Partner to Send a Lucky Winner to Conference
Again this year, STMA presented the Terry Mellor Continuing Education Grant, presented by Turface Athletics. This year's winner of the $1,000 grant, named in honor of the late brother of STMA member Dave Mellor, was Kevin Fernandez from White Bear Lake ISD #624 in White Bear Lake, Minn. 

All Student Challenge Participants in Austin are Winners... Some Teams BIG Winners
More than 110 students, representing twenty-three colleges, universities, and technical schools, entered a total of thirty-one teams in the 2011 STMA Student Challenge, presented by the SAFE Foundation and Founding Partner Hunter Industries. A generous grant from the SAFE Foundation funds $4,000 for the winning Two Year and Four Year teams (Mt. San Antonio College and Purdue, respectively), and the sponsorship of Founding Partner Hunter Industries helps to defray the cost of the free registrations STMA provides to all Student Challenge Participants. Thank you to all those who participated in or volunteered at the STMA Student Challenge!

To read more about the Student Challenge please click here.

Thank You Commercial Members, Exhibitors and Sponsors!
STMA would like to thank all the Commercial Member Companies who exhibited in Austin, and specifically the conference sponsors. Without the participation of these companies, the STMA Conference and Exhibition would not be possible. Thank you!
Barenbrug USA
• Covermaster, Inc.
• Diamond Pro/TXI
• Hunter Industries
• Jacobsen, a Textron Co.
• Rainbird Corp.
• The Toro Company
• World Class Athletic Surfaces, Inc.

New Board of Directors Elected
The 2011 STMA Board of Directors officially took office on Thurs., Jan. 13 at the STMA Annual Meeting in Austin. Four new members joined the Board: Allen Johnson, CSFM, Field Manager, Green Bay Packers; Jeff Fowler, Country Extension Director -Venango & Forest Counties; Western Pennsylvania Turf Specialist, Penn State University; Mike Tarantino, Director, Maintenance & Operations, Poway Unified School District and Jeff Salmond, CSFM, Director of Athletic Field Management, University of Oklahoma. For the complete election results, 
click here and to read about each board member's biographical information, click here.

2011 Conference Presentations Available on STMA Website
The complete set of speaker presentations and handouts from the National Conference are now available on the STMA website. Click here to access PowerPoint presentations, related articles, and session handouts. Be sure to take advantage of these valuable resources to increase your knowledge and enhance your career in the sports turf industry!

Conference and Exhibition Attendee Survey
We want your feedback! If you attended the 2011 Conference in Austin, Texas, please take a few moments to evaluate your experience using the online survey. We value your feedback in developing the conference for future years. You may take the survey anonymously, or fill out your personal information and be entered into a drawing for one free conference registration to the 2012 Conference in Long Beach, California.

Click here to access the survey.

2011 Conference Education Session Recordings Available for Purchase
STMA is committed to providing current, relevant education to every member. Approved education sessions were digitally audio recorded and synchronized with corresponding PowerPoints and handouts. The recordings provide value to conference attendees, sports turf managers unable to make it to the conference, as well as industry professionals interested in staying current and educated in the turfgrass industry. Members and nonmembers have the option of purchasing individual education sessions on audio CD for $17. The complete set of recorded sessions is available on MultiMedia DVD-ROM at $159 for members and $199 for nonmembers. These prices are available until March 1, 2011. Prices will then increase to $199 for members and $259 for nonmembers. Make sure to take advantage of this valuable opportunity to enhance your education and stay current with industry trends and research!

Click here to purchase individual sessions or the entire educational program. 

Attention Turfgrass Researchers!
In a recent review of the National Program 215 Rangeland, Forage, Pasture (and Turf), Michael Kenna, Ph.D., Director of Green Section Research at USGA, emphasized the importance of redirecting the Agriculture Research Service (ARS) budget to include turfgrass science research. Currently ARS conducts limited research on turfgrass due to the lack of pressure from area directors, research laboratory leaders, and University turfgrass researchers. Therefore, it is important that the National Turfgrass Foundation (NTF) makes turfgrass research at ARS a priority. Representation by turfgrass stakeholders at the National Program 215 in Denver, Colorado on March 15 and 16, 2011 will reinforce the need for research in this area and lead to an increased allocation of resources. Securing grants for turfgrass research is also necessary to complete successful research projects. Currently a grant with Specialty Crop Research Initiative (SCRI) is being used towards warm-season grass breeding and a similar grant is in the process for cool-season grass breeding. The NFWF Chesapeake Bay Stewardship Fund may also be a viable option for granting funds toward turfgrass research. Establishing our niche according to national research priorities and encouraging turf research in such areas (i.e. water conservation, urban runoff) will prove effective in dedicating ARS research to the turfgrass industry.

For more information, please contact the National Turfgrass Foundation (NTF):
PO Box 106
Beltsville, Maryland 20704
Phone: (301) 504-5125
Fax: (301) 504-5167


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