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The SportsField Management Institute is the industry’s hub promoting field safety and the sports turf profession at large. A comprehensive collection of resources covering all aspects of operations is available to match the growing responsibilities of STMA members, as they advance to facility managers. From technical resources covering natural turfgrass and synthetic surfaces to professional development and management resources, the Institute promotes a shared vision by contributing best practices and insights for the greater good.

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Featured Education

Utilizing Soil Tests in Nutrient Management for Sports Fields

The basis for sound nutrient management and water quality protection programs in turfgrass management revolves around soil testing. A “Basic Soil Test” will typically provide information on soil pH and the levels of the macronutrients phosphorus (P), potassium (K), magnesium (Mg) and calcium (Ca). Test your soil before building your annual fertility program.  STMA’s Utilizing Soil Tests in Nutrient Management for Sports Fields can help you interpret your soil test results.

Developing an Integrated Pest Management Plan

Integrated pest management (IPM) is an environmentally and economically effective approach to pest management. IPM programs identify weed, insect, and disease pests, and then use current, comprehensive information on pest life cycles and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to make a decision about managing pests by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property, and the environment. The goal of IPM in turfgrass is to keep pest populations or damage at a tolerable level so there is no reduction in quality or safety of the turfgrass.
In turfgrass management, the essential tools for a successful IPM program include the pest triangle, prevention using proper cultural practices and scouting methods, and finally, the use of pesticides.  Developing an Integrated Pest Management Plan will discuss these three components in detail using various examples.

Compost Applications to Sports Fields

Compost is a product resulting from controlled biological decomposition of organic material that has been sanitized through the generation of heat and stabilized to the point that it is beneficial to plant growth. It is organic material that can improve chemical, physical and biological characteristics of soils. Composting offers resource efficiency and a useful product from organic waste. Compost Applications to Sports Fields addresses benefits, desirable characteristics, types of compost, and benefits of using compost in turfgrass systems.