Regional Conferences

2012 Mid-American Regional Conference and Trade Show

The 2012 STMA Mid-American Regional Conference and Trade Show was held June 26-27, 2012 at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati. Ohio.

You can download the event brochure here.  

Many of the educational programs and other events at the Mid-American Regional Conference were made possible by the donations of our sponsors.  They are: Fairmount Sporst+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.

Mid-American Regional Conference Exhibitors
Barenbrug

Brookview Turf Management

Caudill Seed Company

Central Farm and Garden

Century Equipment

Diamond Pro

Ewing Irrigation

Fairmount Sports+Recreation

Green Velvet Sod Farms

Grigg Brothers

Hunter Industries

Kromer Co. LLC

MarCo Clay

Oakwood Sod Farm

Pennington Seed

Pioneer Athletics

Redexim North America

Reynolds Golf and Turf

Sod Solutions

Southern Athletic Field

SportsEdge

Stabilizer Solutions

STEC Equipment

The Hogan Company

Turf Time Equipment

Turface

Turf-Tec International

UBU Sports

Vescio's Sports Fields

Whitlam Paint

Wolf Creek Company

World Class Athletic Surfaces


Regional Conference Education

CEUs and Pesticide Recertification Credits are available for attendance.  Click here for more information.

Tuesday, June 26
1:00-2:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Weather Trends and Their Effects on Sports Turf Managers
Rich Apuzzo - Chief Meteorologist - Skyeye Weather LLC – Batavia, Ohio
The last few years have been highlighted by weather extremes from heat and cold to snow and rain, drought and floods, and of course, hundreds of tornadoes. Are these trends normal or is something else causing the extreme weather? Will the extremes continue? What can we expect for the summer, fall and winter of 2012 and beyond? I’ll take a unique look at weather and climate and its impacts on the sports turf industry so you know what’s coming and how to prepare for the wild weather ahead…

Poa annua Control Strategies for Warm and Cool Season Athletic Fields
Dr. Aaron Patton - Assistant Professor of Agronomy, Turfgrass Extension Specialist - Purdue University

Annual bluegrass (Poa annua) control strategies need to be customized for each turf species and each specific field. Although cultural practices can be implemented to help reduce annual bluegrass, these cultural strategies are not effective by themselves and herbicides are often required to be part of a weed control program. This presentation will provide an overview of the cultural and herbicidal control strategies for both cool-season and warm-season athletic fields as well as provide information on new control strategies. Additionally, we will discuss how field use impacts control strategies and tips on customizing your program will be discussed. 

2:15-3:15 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Case Studies on Native Soil Field Improvement
Pamela Sherratt - Turfgrass Specialist - The Ohio State University

Poor drainage, little soil organic matter, patchy grass, lots of weeds and hard compacted soil? This scenario is common on low maintenance native soil athletic fields, but there are things that can be done to improve playing conditions and the quality of the field. This presentation will look at real-life case studies of fields that were improved by best management practices.

Troubleshooting Small Air-Cooled Engines
Carl Osterhaus - Service Education Manager - The Toro Company

Small air cooled engines have been the mainstay of the turf industry, and provide years of reliable service. However, when something goes wrong, how can the technician effectively and efficiently troubleshoot the engines. This session will discuss basic troubleshooting procedures for small air cooled gasoline engines, the available tests to use, and more importantly, how to interpret those tests to provide the most information possible. Some specific maintenance items will also be discussed.

3:30-5:00 p.m. Concurrent Sessions
Panel Discussion: Warm and cool season pest outlook for the remainder of 2012 and looking towards 2013
(Each panelist will give a 15 minute presentation, then open up the floor to attendee questions.)


Dr. John Street – Associate Professor – The Ohio State University
Weed problems and controls for preparation for the fall 2012 playing season and weed control tactics for 2013.

Dr. A.J. Powell Jr. - Retired Professor - University of Kentucky Professor Emeritus and KySTMA President
For Kentucky game fields, we have about a 50:50 mix of Bermuda and fescue-perennial ryegrass.  Because of Summer patch and lack of traffic tolerance, we have almost no KY bluegrass fields.  Most KY bluegrass had be replaced/seeded with turf type tall fescue and eventually slit seeded with more wear tolerant, turf type perennial ryegrass.  Brown patch is the only major pest problem on these fields and brown patch is mostly checked by proper fertilization, irrigation, and mowing practices.  Bermudagrass is the most sought after fields in KY and most are either Vamont or Quickstand.  Spring dead spot has always been the major problem on these fields and only within the last few years have we been able to minimize this problem with a seeded cultivar (Riviera) and a vegetative cultivar Patriot.  We have almost no insect problems on fields in KY but weeds such as knotweed, crabgrass, and many species of broadleaf weeds continues to be a nagging problem in heavy wear areas of all fields.

Dr. Brandon Horvath - Assistant Professor - University of Tennessee

This presentation will focus on the diseases that one might expect on sports turf in the Midwest region, how the weather will impact control decisions, and what products to use to control disease issues. We will also look at new technologies that have increased the availability of control measures to lower budget facilities that still desire the ability to control diseases. These technologies include new spray nozzles and the development of excellent granular products that provide control similar to a spray application with the convenience of using a fertilizer spreader.

Dr. David Shetlar - Professor of Urban Landscape Entomology – The Ohio State University, Department of Entomology
PowerPoint Presentation
Handout

The mild winter weather and very early spring brought forth all kinds of predictions of major insect outbreaks in turfgrass this year. In fact, there have been some increases and some decreases in insect pressure, but on the whole, our recommended management programs for billbugs, chinch bugs, white grubs and turf-infesting caterpillars are working fine! A brief summary of these major turf-infesting insect pests will be presented with data on performance of recommended management programs.

Demonstration: Efficient Irrigation Practices for Athletic Fields
Lynda Wightman - Industry Relations Manager - Hunter Industries

We will be discussing the methods to determine the efficiency of irrigating turfgrass and landscapes by evaluating the uniformity of an irrigation system. We will have a “hands-on” with pressure and volume measurement, and auditing methods.

Wednesday, June 27

8:00-9:00 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Baseball field maintenance practices
Wes Ganobcik - Head Groundskeeper - Columbus Clippers

This presentation will discuss proper maintenance techniques for a baseball infield.  Included will be nail dragging, metal dragging, cocoa dragging, edging, tilling, rolling, grading, and moisture management.  Also discussed will be different approaches to a proper infield material and what that material should be composed of.

Using bermudagrass on athletic fields in colder climates
Brian Bornino - Sports Turf Crew Chief - Purdue University Athletics

Growing bermudagrass in colder climates isn’t impossible but it does take some planning.  As a result of the MUCH short growing season, bermudagrass maintenance practices are more extreme and more condensed than for a typical bermudagrass climate.  This session will cover Purdue University’s maintenance calendar for bermudagrass, which includes: fertility, overseeding, spring transition, cultivation, disease issues, and winter covering options.  In addition, the discussion will include what to expect from your field if you are thinking of converting to bermudagrass and the potential drawbacks of the colder climates.

9:15-10:15 a.m. Concurrent Sessions
Pesticide Fate on Athletic fields
Dr. David Gardner - Associate Professor – The Ohio State University
Pesticides, when used appropriately, are a necessary part of proper turfgrass management.  However, their use has been and remains controversial.  Pesticide science tends to be poorly understood by the public and there are many misconceptions about the safety of properly applied pesticides relative to other everyday substances to which we are exposed.  The aim of this session is to dispel some of the myths and rumors associated with the concerns of pesticides and to discuss strategies for answering questions about pesticides that are posed by users of athletic facility turfgrass.
Presentation handout

Safe, Playable, and Pleasing Fields on a Limited Budget – What Can You Do?
Kenny Nichols - Project Coordinator - Westerville City Schools
Jeff White - Director of Grounds, Assistant Physical Plant Director - Marietta College
This presentation will offer effective practices to anyone seeking to attain their goals in an environment in which tight budgets and fewer resources have become the norm.  Emphasis will be given to simple and practical maintenance and management practices to improve field safety and playability and to increase professionalism.  Jeff and Kenny will use examples from their own experiences managing school and college facilities as well as the knowledge they have gained from attending STMA, OSTMA, OTF, and Ohio State University educational events.


Previous Regional Conferences


 

2011 STMA Southeastern Regional Conference and Trade Show

Tennessee Valley, Kentucky, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia Chapters
Date:
 June 15-16, 2011
Location: Knoxville, Tennessee

STMA is partnering with six chapters in the Southeast to host the 2011 Regional Conference and Trade Show.  Join your peers for two days of education, professional development, and networking.  View the latest technology at the trade show and hands-on demonstrations.  Take back to your facility the newest practices for managing turfgrass in the Southeast.

To view the brochure, click here.  


2011 Regional Conference Education

Wednesday, June 15

9:30 - 11 a.m.
 - Tour the University of Tennessee Softball and Soccer Complex with Darrell Denney and Dr. John Sorochan

2:30 - 5:30 p.m. - Attendees will be split into 5 groups to rotate through each 30 minute presentation.

 

 

Center for Athletic Field Safety Overview

Dr. John Sorochan and Adam Thoms

Best Practices for Athletic Field Painting

Eric Fasbender, CSFM and Dr. Grady Miller

Using Athletic Covers to Your Advantage

Dr. Mike Goatley and Jesse Pritchard, CSFM

New Tools for Sports Turf Pest Management

Dr. Jim Brosnan and Dr. Brandon Horvath

New Bermudagrasses for Athletic Fields

Dr. Tom Samples

2:30 - 3 p.m.

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

3:05 - 3:35 p.m.

Group 5

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

3:40 - 4:10 p.m.

Group 4

Group 5

Group 1

Group 2

Group 3

4:15 -4:45 p.m.

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 1

Group 2

4:50 - 5:30 p.m.

Group 2

Group 3

Group 4

Group 5

Group 1

 


Center for Athletic Field Safety Overview
Dr. John Sorochan and Adam Thoms
Attendees will have the unique opportunity to tour University of Tennessee’s state of the art Center for Athletic Field Safety.  The tour will include an overview of Dr. Jim Brosnan and Dr. John Sorochan’s 10 year research project.  Research includes comparisons of the performance and safety of different synthetic turf surfaces as well as cool and warm season turfgrass fields constructed on varying rootzones.


Best Practices for Athletic Field Painting
Eric Fasbender, CSFM and Dr. Grady Miller
Attendees will be provided with a research-based overview on the best practices for athletic field painting.  Topics covered will include the effects of different paints on bermudagrasses as well as a demonstration of proper painting techniques.

Presentation Handout

Using Athletic Field Covers to Your Advantage
Dr. Mike Goatley and Jesse Pritchard, CSFM
Attendees will learn about the best practices for using turf covers based on current research.  Focus will be on the effects of different covers on bermudagrass and overseeded turf.  Real-world situations where covers have proven to be a valuable tool will be discussed.


New Tools for Sports Turf Pest Management
Dr. Jim Brosnan and Dr. Brandon Horvath
By touring active research plots, attendees will learn about the newest herbicides and fungicides for use in sports turf.


New Bermudagrasses for Athletic Fields
Dr. Tom Samples
Attendees will have the opportunity to learn about and discuss the use of new bermudagrasses for athletic field management. 

Presentation Handout


Thursday, June 16

8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Choose between the football or baseball tracks:

Football:

8:00 - 10 a.m.

Presentations are 30 min each

Use of Bermudagrass on Football Fields

Eric Fasbender, CSFM

Bermudagrass Management to Prevent Winter Injury

Dr. Mike Goatley

Turf Maintenance at Neyland Stadium

Darren Seybold

Traffic Tolerant Bermudagrass Varieties for the Transition Zone

Dr. John Sorochan

10 - 10:15 a.m.

BREAK

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tour Neyland Stadium, Upper Hudson & Indoor Facility with Eric Fasbender, CSFM, Dr. Mike Goatley, Darren Seybold, and Dr. John Sorochan



Turf Maintenance at Neyland Stadium
Darren Seybold will provide an overview of the field maintenance practices at Neyland Stadium and Haslam Field.


Traffic Tolerant Bermudagrass Varieties for the Transition Zone
Dr. John Sorochan will present a research-based overview on traffic tolerant bermudagrasses that can be used on athletic fields in the transition zone.


Bermudagrass Management to Prevent Winter Injury
Dr. Mike Goatley will discuss best management practices that reduce winter injury on bermudagrass athletic fields.

Presentation Handout

Use of Bermudagrass on Football Fields
Eric Fasbender, CSFM will discuss bermudagrass management for football fields.  He will also cover the advantages and disadvantages the use of bermudagrass provides at your facility.  



Baseball:

8:00 - 10 a.m.

Presentations are 30 min each

Improving Your Infield Skin

Dr. James Brosnan

Skinned Infield Maintenance for Softball

Darrell Denney

Skinned Infield Construction and Maintenance at All Levels

Bill Marbet

Challenges in Skinned Infield Maintenance

Jesse Pritchard, CSFM

10 - 10:15 a.m.

BREAK

10:15 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Tour and Demonstrations at Lindsey Stadium with Dr. James Brosnan, Darrell Denney, Bill Marbet Jesse Pritchard, Dr. Tom Samples, Jimmy Andes, and Marty Wallace


Improving your Infield Skin
Dr. Jim Brosnan will discuss the necessary maintenance practices to improve the performance and safety of skinned infield soils on baseball fields.


Challenges in Skinned Infield Maintenance
Jesse Pritchard, CSFM, will discuss the challenges of managing skinned infield surfaces on natural turf fields.


Skinned Infield Maintenance for Softball
Darrell Denney will present the best management practices for skinned infield surfaces on softball fields.  He will provide a comparison to infields commonly used for baseball fields.


Skinned Infield Construction and Maintenance at all Levels
Bill Marbet will discuss the differences between professional fields and recreational fields regarding soil selection and construction of skinned infield areas.

 



 

Total Continuing Education offered at Southeastern Regional Conference

The STMA Southeastern Regional Conference and Trade show has been approved for CEUs and pesticide recertification credits.

Pesticide recertification credits have been approved for Tennessee, North Carolina, Kentucky, South Carolina, Georgia, and Virginia.  
Tennessee - 3 points in C03-Ornamental and Turf; 3 points in C10-Demo and Research; 3 points in C12-Pesticide Dealer
North Carolina – 1.5 hours credit
Kentucky – 5 total general hours
South Carolina – 2 Category 3 Recertification Credits
Georgia – 2 credit hours
Virginia – recertification in category 3-B (24) and 60 (60)

CEUs have been approved for STMA, National Recreation and Parks Association (NRPA), Tennessee Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA), Golf Course Superintendents Association of America (GCSAA), and American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA).  
STMA – 0.6 CEUs
NRPA – 0.6 CEUs
TNLA – 1 point
GCSAA - .45 Education Points
ASLA - Wednesday - 3 credit hours; Thursday - 2 credit hours for each track

You must be in attendance both days to receive credit.  Make sure to visit with Kristen Althouse onsite to sign in and receive appropriate credits for your organization or state. 

 



 

2010 Regional Conference and Trade Show

2010 Northwest Regional Conference
Date: July 21-22, 2010
Location: Seattle, Washington

STMA is partnering with four chapters in the Northwest to host the 2010 Regional Conference and Trade Show.  Join your peers for two days of education, professional development, and networking.  View the latest technology at the trade show and hands-on demonstrations.  Take back to your facility the newest practices for managing turfgrass in the Northwest.

Click here to download the brochure



Regional Conference Education
Wednesday, July 21

2:30 pm - 4:00 pm: Field Demonstrations - Each demo will last 30 minutes and take place 3 times.  Stay at one for the duration or rotate through all three!
1 - Logo Painting Demonstration with Scott MacVicar
2 - Paint Removal from Synthetic Surfaces with John Wright
3 - Repairing High Traffic Areas with Dr. David Minner

Thursday, July 22

8:00 am - 9:15 am: 2 Concurrent Panel Discussions
Synthetic Turf Panel Discussion with Dr. Andy McNitt, Debra Kneeshaw, and Jay Beals
Natural Grass Panel Discussion with Dr. David Minner, David Anderson P.E., and Carl Larson

9:45 am - 10:45 am: 2 Concurrent Education Sessions
Irrigating Sports Fields with Municipal Recycled Water
Dr. Ali Harivandi
Municipal recycled water is a viable alternative source of irrigation for turfgrasses in arid and semi-arid regions and in highly populated areas, where water is fast becoming a limited natural resource.  Increased level of sewage water treatment and improved recycled water chemical quality created this option.  Increasingly, recycled water is being used to irrigate parks, roadsides, landscapes, golf courses, cemeteries, and more recently, athletic fields.  Although ultimately recycled water use is dictated by local policies, irrigating natural turf athletic fields with recycled water should be seriously considered where domestic water is not readily available or too expensive.  The most important factors affecting the decision to use recycled water for athletic field irrigation relates to the recycled water’s dissolved salts and chemical characteristics and management practices to deal with any of the related negative impacts.

Interpreting Irrigation Water Test Results
Using Recycled Water on Golf Courses

IPM Practices to Minimize Disease in the Pacific Northwest
Dr. Gwen Stahnke
The summer of 2009 through spring 2010 has provided unusual weather circumstances which increased disease presence on grasses.  Microdochium patch, pythium blight, pythium root dysfunction, anthracnose and cold temperature kill/desiccation damage will be discussed on varied grasses under many athletic situations.  Fungicides discussed will be: Banol, Stellar, Subdue, Alliete, Banner Maxx, Daconil Ultrex, Heritage, Iprodione, and several other labeled products.  European and common crane fly will be discussed briefly with the new insecticides Acelepryn and Provant being discussed for use.  The importance of continual communication with clients and public will be emphasized.

11:00 am - 12:00 pm: 2 Concurrent Education Session
IPM Strategies for School Athletic Fields
Dr. Rob Golembiewski
What is IPM?  Why should we care?  Can we still use pesticides?  The history and theory behind IPM (Integrated Pest Management) will be discussed along with the proper steps to implement a successful IPM program for your school athletic fields.  Real life examples from the Pacific Northwest will be provided to demonstrate IPM in practice by athletic field managers.

Qwest Field, Conversion to Natural Turf and Back to Synthetic Turf in Mere Days
Jason Kingrey
This presentation will discuss installing natural turf over the synthetic field surface at Qwest Field for a single International "friendly" soccer match with the Seattle Sounders Soccer Team.  The process involved to provide a temporary natural turf soccer field which will be removed and reused or recycled once the soccer match is complete will be discussed.  The type of sod used and the farm location of the sod where it is grown, equipment used, trucking, man power, and other material used for this transversion will also be discussed.  Presentation will also include the ability to remove and reinstall this sod at other facilities, like schools and parks, for permanent uses after the soccer match.  Maintenance practices on preparing the sod at the farm growing site, Qwest Field staff maintenence of the sod before and after the soccer match, and future maintenance needs of the sod when it is reinstalled at other facilities will be discussed.

1:00 pm - 4:00 pm: 'Take-a-walk" Field Reviews: Seattle Seahawks Facilities Tours
Qwest Field
 - John Wright and Dr. Andy McNitt
Practice Facility - Sean Vanos and Dr. David Minner

 


Total CEUs Offered at Northwest Regional Conference

Total continuing education being offered through each organization:

 

STMA

0.7 CEUs

NRPA

0.7 CEUs

GCSAA

0.55 CEUs

ASLA

2 credit hours

Washington State Nursery and Landscape Association (WSNLA)

2 CPH credits

Washington Association of Landscape Professionals (WALP)

5 credit hours


Required classes to earn pesticide recertification credits:
"IPM Practices to Minimize Diseases Present in the Pacific Northwest in 2009/2010"  Dr. Gwen Stahnke
"IPM Strategies for School Athletic Fields"  Dr. Rob Golembiewski
Total pesticide recertification credits being offered by each state:

California

2

Idaho

2

Washington

2

Nevada

2

Oregon

2

Montana

2



2009 Regional Conference

(Iowa, MO-KAN, Ozark, Gateway, Nebraska, Illinois, Wisconsin, and Minnesota Chapters)

Date: June 24-25, 2009 
Location: Iowa State University, Ames, Iowa 


Click here to view the brochure for the 2009 Midwest Regional Conference! 

If you are interested in exhibiting or sponsoring, click here to download the exhibition space contract. 
 


 

2009 Regional Conference Speaker Presentations and Handouts

Barenbrug

Brookview Turf Management

Cadman Power Equipment

Central Farm and Garden

Century Equipment

Diamond Pro

Ewing Irrigation

Fairmount Sports+Recreation

Green Velvet Sod Farms

Grigg Brothers

Hunter Industries

Kromer Co. LLC

Oakwood Sod Farm

Pioneer Athletics

RainBird

Redexim North America

Sod Solutions

Southern Athletic Field

SportsEdge

STEC Equipment

The Hogan Company

The Motz Group

Turf Time Equipment

Turface

Turf-Tec International

Vescio's Sports Fields

Whitlam Paint

World Class Athletic Surfaces

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