Featured Speakers of the Month

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2013 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Daytona Beach, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!

BigelowCale A. Bigelow Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at Purdue University – Agronomy Department. On Wednesday, January 16, he will be presenting "Fire and Ice: Sports Turf Management in the Transition Zone" with Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D. It is difficult to grow both warm- and cool-season grasses in the transition zone. Often times our fields are experiencing environmental stresses when we need them to be looking their best. This session will focus on sport specific species and cultivar selection as well as specific management practices to minimize plant stress and improve turfgrass quality. Other topics include non-chemical and chemical control of various turfgrass pests and sustainability as it relates to economics and the environment in the transition zone.

ReinerJim Reiner is a Groundskeeper for Sunrise Little League as well as a publisher and editor. On Thursday, January 17, he will be presenting "K-16 Baseball Field Maintenance & Renovation With Limited Resources". Many people use ballparks day after day, see the problems, but really don't have any idea where to start to fix it. From K-12, to park and rec, to high school and collegiate, many coaches, parents, and maintenance staff just don't know where to start or what to do. There is a solution. Armed with a couple tools, you can evaluate your ball park, prioritize improvement efforts, create an action plan you can really implement, and keep your ballpark in tip top shape into the future. This presentation is for baseball field maintenance staff, both professional sports turf managers and community volunteers, who don't have the resources and staff that premium quality fields have, but want a ball field they can be proud of. The session will include tips/hints and mistakes to avoid using over two dozen case study examples from K-12, high school, park and rec, and collegiate.

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