July 2012

Turf Rundown

Kentucky bluegrass cultivars can often be found on sports fields and golf courses in the transition zone and cooler climates in the United States.  With water for turfgrass irrigation becoming increasingly scarce, researchers at Kansas State University studied Kentucky bluegrass cultivars for their potential to maintain acceptable visual quality with less water using wilt-based irrigation.  Wilt-based irrigation is a practical approach of waiting until drought stress is visible before irrigating the turfgrass.  Results indicated that cultivars in the Compact America and Mid-Atlantic phenotypic groups have the greatest potential for maintaining acceptable visual quality with less water.  Click here to read the full study.

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STMA recently completed its 2012 Compensation and Benefits Report. Salaries rose nearly $4,000 for sports turf managers since 2008. Those who are certified also make significantly more than non-certified members, approximately $7,300 more on average.

The survey also reports compensation by experience and education levels and by employment category. Assistant’s salaries are reported in separate tables. You will also find comprehensive information about the benefits received by sports turf managers.

The full report is available to members only.


More than 150 people were in Cincinnati, Ohio, June 26-27 at the 2012 STMA Mid-American Regional Conference.  Included in the two-day event was an exhibition, educational sessions featuring hands-on demonstrations and research presented by leading sports turf practitioners and academics, as well as tours of the Paul Brown Stadium, host to the event, and Great American Ball Park.  The Ohio, Illinois, KAFMO, Kentucky, Michigan, Tennessee Valley, and Virginia chapters of STMA participated.

The event kicked off on Tuesday, June 26 with a tour of Great American Ball Park and the Cincinnati Reds Hall of Fame.  After lunch at Paul Brown Stadium, educational presentations covering weather, native soils, pest outlooks for 2012 and 2013, Poa annua, small engine repair, and irrigation went on until 5:00pm.  That evening, after dinner on their own, some attendees headed over to Great American Ball Park to network, relax, and watch the Reds take on the Milwaukee Brewers.  They almost saw a no-hitter, as Reds starter Bronson Arroyo held the Brewers hitless for 8 1/3 innings!

Wednesday morning started off bright and early with education on baseball field maintenance, pesticides use and IPM, bermudagrass, and budgeting until 10:15am.

This was followed by a two-hour and forty-five minute trade show, where 33 companies displayed their newest products and allowed attendees to test-drive some of the equipment as well.  STMA events like this would not be possible without the support of these commercial companies and the attendees supported their investment by spending quality time with them.  Specifically, the support of the event sponsors is greatly appreciated.  Sponsors of the event were: Fairmount Sports+Recreation, Hunter Industries; Pioneer Manufacturing; Pennington Seed; Turface Athletics; UBU Sports; World Class Athletic Surfaces; Central Farm and Garden; Century Equipment; Oakwood Sod Farm; Redexim North America; Reynolds Golf and Turf; SportsEdge; TurfNet; and TurfTime Equipment.

While the survey’s to attendees and exhibitors has yet to be compiled, one hundred percent of the respondents from previous events reported that they benefited professionally from attending.

The 2012 STMA Mid-American Regional Conference is considered a tremendous success for participants, STMA and the participating chapters and STMA would like to thank all those who helped make the event possible.  These include the steering committee, chapter leaders, exhibitors, sponsors, and most of all, the attendees. Thank you!


Have an opinion on climate change? You will not want to miss "The Hockey Stick & the Climate Wars" keynote presentation at the STMA conference in January. Dr. Michael E. Mann, author of this recently released book by this name and Nobel Peace Prize winner, will provide a thought-provoking presentation on Fri., Jan. 18, 2013 1:15-2:30 p.m.

He was a Lead Author on the Observed Climate Variability and Change chapter of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) Third Scientific Assessment Report in 2001 and was organizing committee chair for the National Academy of Sciences Frontiers of Science in 2003.

He has received a number of honors and awards including NOAA's outstanding publication award in 2002 and selection by Scientific American as one of the fifty leading visionaries in science and technology in 2002. He shared the Nobel Peace Prize with other IPCC authors in 2007. In 2012 he was inducted as a Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and was awarded the Hans Oeschger Medal of the European Geosciences Union.

Dr. Mann is author of more than 150 peer-reviewed and edited publications, and has published two books including Dire Predictions: Understanding Global Warming in 2008 and The Hockey Stick and the Climate Wars: Dispatches from the Front Lines, due out in early 2012. He is also a co-founder and avid contributor to the award-winning science website RealClimate.org.

He is a member of the Penn State University faculty, holding joint positions in the Departments of Meteorology and Geosciences, and the Earth and Environmental Systems Institute (EESI). He is also director of the Penn State Earth System Science Center (ESSC).

Dr. Mann received his undergraduate degrees in Physics and Applied Math from the University of California at Berkeley, an M.S. degree in Physics from Yale University, and a Ph.D. in Geology & Geophysics from Yale University. His research involves the use of theoretical models and observational data to better understand Earth's climate system.


Having trouble calibrating your rotary spreader?  The Rotary Spreader Calibration bulletin can be used to answer your questions about fertilizer calibration and lead you through a step-by-step process to successfully calibrate your rotary spreader.  A worksheet has also been provided in the bulletin to help lead you through the calculations.


A dedicated group of turf managers for sports fields and golf have formed an association in Brazil and are recognized by STMA as an International Affiliate Organization.

To receive this status,  the group must be recognized as a business entity in their country and provide proof to STMA annually;  develop bylaws or other governing documents; and elect a Board of Directors, which ABGE did earlier this year.

STMA does not charge fees for this recognition, will share information and resources, list the organization on our website, provide one membership to the President of each international affiliate organization, and offers conference registration and education and training resources at STMA member rates, including pursuit of the Certified Sports Field Manager program and registration to our annual and regional conferences.



The Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) now offers its members access to the Plant Management Network's (PMN’s) turf-inclusive resources as part of its member benefits. This includes Applied Turfgrass Science (ATS), an applied, peer-reviewed turf management journal for golf course and sports turf managers.

Members can get access through a username and password located in our members area.  This username and password will change quarterly.

To stay aware of ATS’s latest turfgrass articles, please sign up for PMN Update, their monthly newsletter with article alerts at http://www.plantmanagementnetwork.org/update/default.cfm.  Signup is quick and easy, as there are only six required items to fill out.

PMN’s other turfgrass-inclusive resources include the following titles…


STMA has issued its annual Call of Nominations for board service. If you are interested in serving on the board, fill out the quick on-line form. The deadline is August 31. For complete information on board members’ responsibilities and time commitment, click here.


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