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To celebrate our nation's birthday, join us and share an image of your field as you highlight your stars and stripes. Enter for a chance to win a complimentary conference registration to the 2017 STMA Annual Conference this January in Orlando.

How it works: Simply upload a photo of YOUR best 4th of July field art design or mowing pattern, share it and see how many votes you get! Deadline to enter via Facebook is Friday, July 8 at 12 midnight EST. The winning design and its turf manager will be announced Friday, July 15 and included in a future issue of SportsTurf, STMA's official monthly publication.

You must be a member of STMA to win. Enter here.

STMA's nominations for the 2017 Board of Directors election is now open. STMA is seeking interest from voting members from all categories of membership. Director positions that are open include:

• Director representing Professional Facilities
• Director representing K-12
• Commercial Director
• At-Large Elected Director (representing any category of membership)

To review Board of Director's responsibilities, click here. To fill out the interest form, click here. Nominations will close August 15.

STMA will be publishing its Membership Directory next month and encourages you to review your information and update it, if necessary, to ensure its accuracy. Changes to your information need to be completed no later than Friday July 8th. Login at and click on My Information. If you have questions or problems updating your information, please feel free to email us at

Do you know how your salary compares to others in a similar work environment? You will, if you participate in the 2016 STMA Compensation Study. Each STMA practitioner member has been sent a link to the on-line survey, which is exclusive to that member. The survey is confidential and anonymous, and all results will be reported in an aggregate form so that no facility can be identified.

If you are a practitioner member and you did not receive your link, please contact All participants who provide an email address will receive a copy of the report. The survey closes July 13, so don't delay in adding your information.

The location for this year's SAFE Golf Tournament will be Hunter's Creek in Orlando, FL. The tournament this year will provide plenty of excitement including hole prizes and team prizes. In addition, there will be four Par 3 Hole-In-One challenges. In the event of a hole-in-one you have a chance at three nights/two rounds stay and play vacation to TPC Las Vegas; Travis Mathew head-to-toe signature outfit and $500 online shopping spree; set of TaylorMade Speedblade HL Irons 4-SW; or $10,000! We are expecting a full tournament and look forward to another great year.

Look for information on how to register in early October. Because of the generosity of the tournament title co-sponsors Diamond Pro and Harrells and beverage sponsor Carolina Green, the SAFE Foundation is able to direct participants' golf tournament fees to our scholarship, research and educational outreach fund. SAFE has given nearly $250,000 in scholarships since it began in 2000.

For more information about The SAFE Foundation, go to

Jobs in the sports turf industry are very stressful on both professional and personal fronts. Supervisors, coaches, players, and owners can have unrealistic expectations. You may not have the budget, the equipment, or the labor force to meet the expectations of these groups. And, perhaps the person that is most important in meeting expectations is YOU – the sports field manager. With these pressures, it is easy to overlook the basics in maintaining healthy relationships with your spouse and family. Click here for proven suggestions for maintaining healthy relationships.

STMA is seeking educational videos that demonstrate maintenance practices for sports fields. The goal is to develop a collection of three-to-eight-minute educational videos focused on sports field how-to's that STMA members can use to improve their operations. Topics can include anything related to sports turf management, such as:

- How to calibrate a sprayer or spreader
- How to edge an infield
- How to paint a logo
- How to repair equipment or irrigation

Making the video can be easy. Determine your topic and collect the equipment you need to effectively explain the management practice you are demonstrating. Using a phone or other recording device, record the video and send it to STMA via email or Dropbox.

The STMA Information Outreach Committee will thoroughly review your video. Remember, the goal of these videos is to enhance the education of Sports Turf Managers. STMA will be promoting your video and expects you to provide professional, applicable educational content. STMA reserves the right to decline or remove any video it feels is inappropriate.

To learn more about how to create and submit a video, visit STMA's Knowledge Center – Videos and Webinars.

STMA rolled out its new environmental facility certification program in June. To date, 15 facilities are in various stages of the program. For more information on how you can participate, click here. STMA has also posted the assessment in a PDF so that you can review the questions before taking the assessment.

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.


GannonDr. 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.

STMA's four founders, Dr. William Daniels, Dick Ericson, Harry Gill, and George Toma determined that a formalized system to share information and best practices about natural grass management was critical to creating and sustaining a bona fide profession. Thus, STMA was created and its current mission, "STMA advances professionalism in sports field management and safety through education, awareness programs and industry development," builds on their vision.

To honor their foresight and commitment to growing our small association, STMA gives annual awards to like-minded individuals.

Please take a moment to think about those who have impacted you personally and professionally and nominate them for a Founders Award. Nominations are due by Oct. 15.

To read about the awards and criteria, click here.

If your field hosts a Summer sport, 3 PCIs are REQUIRED now.

If you are submitting a Field of the Year application (Oct. 15 deadline) do not forget to complete the PCI. Four separate PCI worksheets are required; three must be conducted in the season of the field's primary sport, and one must be conducted in the off-season.

Photos are also required from ALL seasons, so get out your camera. Click here for the full application which has all of the instructions at the beginning in pages 1-4.

Winning a field of the year award validates your field management skills and expertise to your employer, your peers and the industry. All winning fields will be included in an issue of SportsTurf Magazine. The field manager will also receive a plaque, signature clothing, a complimentary registration to the STMA annual conference, recognition during its annual awards banquet and three night's lodging.

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Turf Rundown

Spectral reflectance data originating from Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) imagery is a valuable tool to monitor plant nutrition and reduce nitrogen (N) application to real needs, thus producing both economic and environmental benefits. Click here to learn how drones may affect the future of sports turf management by saving time, labor, and money, as well as helping to identify turf quality, color, N content, and other important information.

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