Each month two speakers presenting at the 2015 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Denver will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference.
Doug Linde, Ph.D. is a Professor of Turf Management at Delaware Valley College. On Wed., Jan. 14, he will be presenting "How Soil Profiles and Layering Can Impact Turf and Playability." The purpose of the presentation is to inform the audience on the basics of soil profiles and how layers can impact turfgrass and playability. Various real world examples through consulting and educational experiences will be used to convey concepts. The audience can use this information to help diagnose and/or prevent problems associated with soil layering at their facilities.
Dr. Linde will e presenting "How to Attract Interns and How to Land an Internship" on Thurs., Jan. 15. The purpose of this presentation is to bring sports turf managers and students into one room to learn about internship programs and then network with each other. Information on how managers can attract interns will be presented first followed by information on how students can get internships that meet their goals. Time will e allowed for audience members to meet and greet each other in a format similar to "speed interviewing".
Cale Bigelow, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor of Agronomy-Turfgrass Science at Purdue University. On Wed., Jan. 14, he will present 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.
Dr. Bigelow will also be participating in the panel discussion "Winterkill 2013-2014 in Review: Causes and Recovery" on Fri., Jan. 16. Other panelists include Michelle DaCosta, Ph.D., Jason Henderson, Ph.D., Gregg Munshaw, Ph.D., Pamela J. Sherratt, and Barry Stewart, Ph.D. Winter conditions of 2013-2014 resulted in widespread winterkill and turfgrass loss, leading to significant declines in playability, aesthetic quality, and costly reestablishment. Topics for discussion will include the major causes for winter injury, physiological mechanisms aiding in turfgrass freezing tolerance, as well as the effects of various turfgrass agronomic practices on improving turfgrass growth and winter conditioning. Attend this panel to ask questions, share ideas, and find solutions in an open forum discussion.