Each month two speakers presenting at the 2017 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida will be featured. Don't miss the educational opportunities offered at the conference!
Dr. Nick Christians is a University Professor at Iowa State University. On Wednesday, January 25, he will be presenting "What About the Micronutrients?"
The presentation will cover several years of research on the effects of micronutrients on the growth and development of turf. Attendees will develop an understanding of the physiology of the plant and how micronutrients fit into a fertility program.
Dr. Travis Gannon is an Assistant Professor at NC State University. On Thursday, January 26, he will be presenting "Factors that Affect Dislodgeable Foliar Residues and Environmental Fate of Pesticides."
Synthetic pesticides are commonly used to manage weeds, insects, and diseases on athletic fields. Currently, much concern exists around human pesticide exposure from treated areas, and understanding factors that affect dislodgeable foliar residues is imperative to ensure human health is not adversely affected. Further, understanding the biological and chemical attributes of pesticides and their fate after application is imperative to optimize pesticide efficacy while minimizing off-target movement. Specific examples will be presented and attendees will be able to devise best management practices to minimize pesticide exposure and off-target movement.
Attendees will learn:
1- How to identify and understand factors that affect dislodgeable foliar residues on athletic fields.
2- Factors that affect pesticide efficacy, fate, and behavior in warm- and cool-season turfgrass on athletic fields.
3- How to devise best management practices to minimize dislodgeable foliar residues and off-target pesticide movement on athletic fields.