January 2011



Variation within Poa Germplasm for Salinity Tolerance

A reduction in fresh water usage to irrigate turfgrass areas has led to increased use of recycled wastewater in the western United States.  Recycled wastewater contains high levels of salt that could be detrimental to existing turfgrass species used on sports fields and other landscaped areas.  
Click here to read recent research about evaluations of different Poa germplasm salt tolerance that may contribute to developing bluegrass with higher salt tolerance.

The 2-Minute Tip for Success

Putting a Bow on 2010: A Proper PerspectiveEwEdServices_logo web.jpg
By John C. Maxwell

At this stage, the punctuation you put on 2010 will not depend as much on what you do but on your point of view. As you look back on the past year, you likely experienced highs and lows, encountered blessings and victories alongside hardship and heartache. As you wrap up 2010, be sure your attitude toward the last twelve months is providing you with the healthy perspective needed to finish strong. 
Read rest of story here.

News You Can Use

One for the Road

SAFE is in need of auction items, and it is not too late to help. Pack a silent auction item in your suitcase for Austin and be a part of taking SAFE to new heights in 2011. Bring team apparel, autographed memorabilia, tickets to events, or anything else you feel would grab the interest of your fellow STMA members. (Every item makes a difference). Drop off your donated items to the registration desk upon check-in and rest assured that you will be contributing to a victory for our industry.

"Laughter is the sun...

...that drives winter from the human face." Victor Hugo's quote sums up what you can expect in Austin from GrasStains Production! GrasStains creates a memorable slideshow each year for the annual awards banquet, and this year the focus is on fun! GrasStains needs photos of you and your crew goofing off or any other funny photos. Help add to the Awards Banquet experience -- be a star in a funny photo. If you have a photo you would like to submit, please s
end it to grsstains@yahoo.com.

Need an Intern? Need a Crew Member?

The STMA conference will again be featuring an Employment Board for you to post any open positions at your facility. Just email it to us at 
STMAinfo@STMa.org or bring a copy of the position description to registration, and we'll get it posted. If you want to begin your interviewing process at the conference with potential candidates, be sure to include a cell phone number or how you can be reached while in Austin. If you are unable to attend conference, you can certainly send your opening to headquarters at STMAinfo@STMA.org. It needs to be sent by Thurs., Jan. 6.

Committee Volunteer Forms are On-Line

STMA is seeking volunteers to serve on its committees for the 2011 year. We have 20 different committees and subcommittees from which to choose. 
Click here to fill out the form. The deadline is Feb. 1.

Walk-ins Welcome!

If you have not been able to pre-register for the conference, no worries! Walk-ins are always welcome and pay the same post-Dec. 15th rate. Registration will close on Jan. 5, at 3 p.m. CST, and reopen on Jan. 11th at 6:30 a.m. CST in Austin. If you decide to register after the 5th, please bring the form to the conference, or you can fill one out on-site.

Featured Speakers of the Month

AJohnson - web.jpgAllen Johnson, CSFM is the Field Manager for the Green Bay Packers. On Thursday, January 13 from 2:45-4:15 pm he will be speaking with Nick Fedewa about "How Two NFL Organizations Approached New Technology in Field Surfaces." Two sports turf managers will discuss their professional experiences with the reconstruction of their fields. Beginning with the original condition of the fields, each sports turf manager will outline why the fields needed to be reconstructed and the process they used to convince their organization to invest in a change. The presentation will conclude with how each manager adapted their management style to achieve successful fields.

n Friday, January 14 from 8-10 am, Allen Johnson, CSFM will be speaking with Dr. Andrew McNitt, Ellen Davis, Brian Storm, and David Anderson about "Turf on the Frozen Tundra - Building Fields for the Green Bay Packers." A panel composed of the architect, contractor, sports field manager and material suppliers will discuss the renovation and construction of state-of-the-art practice and game-day fields for the Green Bay Packers; including Ray Nitschke Field, Clarke Hinkle Field and Lambeau Field. Processes, strategies and design considerations for successful field renovation and building will be discussed between attendees and the professionals that were involved with the projects.

Richard White.jpgDr. Richard White is a Professor at Texas A&M University. On Friday, January 14 from 8-10 am, he will be presenting "Sports Turf Diagnostics." This presentation will focus on specific steps, tools, resources, documentation and communication needed to effectively deal with any turfgrass related issue or problem. These issues include any turfgrass problems related to insects, diseases, nutrient deficiencies, shade and compaction. Session attendees will understand how to adopt management strategies that minimize limitations to plant health and prevent reoccurrence of such issues or problems in the future while minimizing risk to the environment.

Speaker Presentations and Handouts

Speakers have begun to send in their PowerPoint presentations, articles, and other handouts related to the presentation they are giving at the 2011 STMA Conference and Exhibition. To access these educational resources and all of the speakers' biographies, please 
click here. Recorded educational sessions and the corresponding PowerPoint presentations will also be available for purchase at the conference through IQ Media. Be sure to visit the IQ Media sales desk located close to STMA Registration to buy your copy of the 2011 STMA Conference education sessions and enhance your career!

SAFE Auctions Have Some Great Items for Work and Play - Don't Forget to Secure Funding!

In addition to the usual donations of electronics, clothing and autographed merchandise, SAFE has received some items that can help you in your daily efforts at work... including a Toro Turf Guard® System, valued at $7,800! Items like this may require you to secure funding or other authorization from your employer, so come prepared to get a great deal on some items that can help you and your facility achieve greatness.

Items in the Large Item Raffle, for which tickets will be $10, include an Amazon Kindle®, a Sony digital camera, a Panasonic HD camcorder, and a trip to next year's conference in Long Beach, Calif. (registration, airfare and hotel).

In the Live and Silent Auctions, there will be officially licensed, autographed merchandise from NFL and Major League Baseball players, electronics, a Toro Ultra Blower Vac, memorabilia and much more. Also there will be a Grand Tour of American Barbeque, with gift cards to Black's BBQ in Lockhart, Texas, FIorella's Jack Stack in Kansas City, and Charlie Vergo's Rendevous Charcoal Ribs in Memphis, Tenn.

SAFE Golf Tournament Update

There are still slots for individuals and teams, as well as hole sponsorships, available for the SAFE Golf Tournament, sponsored by Jacobsen, which will be held at The Golf Club at Star Ranch in Hutto, Texas on Wednesday, January 12.

Keeping with tradition, Jacobsen will be providing a unique tournament experience for all golfers, starting with breakfast and ending with an awards luncheon after play has concluded. New this year, there will be a hole-in-one promotion with prizes on all four par threes and one $10,000 prize.

Designed by Bechtol & Russell Golf Design and Carter Morrish, of Jay Morrish & Associates, The Golf Club at Star Ranch follows the natural rolling contours of the land, using the central lake and prevailing wind to create an experience both formidable and fun. This 7,017 yard, par-71 course, which is part of the Austin Golf Trail, has a stone clubhouse, restaurant and lounge and combines the very best in architecture, topography, development and management to create a memorable golf experience which rewards golfers of all skill levels.

The deadline to register for this highly anticipated event is next Wednesday, January 5.

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