Webinars, Videos and Podcasts

Recorded Webinars:
Field Safety Topics:

Misconceptions, Understanding Fate, and Optimizing Pesticide Applications on Sports Fields – Presented by Dr. Travis Gannon
Synthetic pesticides are commonly used to manage weeds, insects, and diseases on managed athletic fields. Currently, there is much scrutiny around pesticides and their use, much of which is due to misinformation and lack of understanding pesticide fate and behavior. While this is not a new interest or concern, it is currently heightened, likely for a number of reasons including the International Agency for Research on Cancer classification of glyphosate as a Class 2A probable carcinogen to humans in 2015 and subsequent events. While pesticides are an integral component, they must be used judiciously and it is imperative facility managers understand various aspects of their utilization so environmental and human health aren’t adversely affected.
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Tackling Traffic: Reducing Traffic on Multi-Use Fields – Presented by Marc Moran, CSFM
This presentation focuses on techniques used at Atlee High School to reduce traffic while working within a tight budget. Education, communication channels, traffic rotation plans and innovative field layouts have allowed for reduced traffic and wear in high traffic areas. These techniques have allowed us to work within a tight financial structure and still provide STMA FOY caliber fields.

Know Your Audience: Strategies for Discussing Pest ManagementPresented by Dr. Jim Brosnan
Use of pesticides on athletic fields has faced increased scrutiny in recent years. Many field managers feel comfortable discussing the merits of pesticide use to others within the industry but fail to effectively communicate the benefit and safety of pest control with the general public. This presentation will provide training on how to discuss pesticide use with those outside of the green industry.

Athlete Interaction with the Sports Surface – Awareness and Action Items: Resources that sports field managers, trainers, and administrators can use to improve the safety and playability of sports surfacesPresented by Dr. Andrew McNitt
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This webinar will review informational resources and techniques that can be used to improve the safety and playability of sports fields. Much of the seminar will focus on issues surrounding infilled synthetic turf systems but some information will be provided on improving natural turfgrass surfaces as well.  Topics will include: proper cleat selection for synthetic vs. natural turfgrass surfaces, why you should monitor and maintain proper infill depth and surface evenness, what can you do about high surface temperatures, infill selection (is tire crumb carcinogenic?), common pitfalls during the design and installation of synthetic turf, is it reasonable to consider mid-season resodding of natural turf, what does it take to improve and maintain natural grass surfaces, evaluating varying techniques to monitor surface hardness, inlay marking issues, MRSA and turf disinfectants, snow removal and others.

Enhancing Athletic Field Safety – Presented by Dr. Gerald Henry
Performance testing of sports fields is necessary to quantify surface properties such as hardness and traction. Enhancements in sensor/sampling technology and increased concern for athlete safety and field performance has driven interest. Spatial maps created from sensors/samplers can depict variability of soil and plant parameters that directly impact turfgrass health, field playability, and player safety. Information generated from sensors/samplers can be used to adjust irrigation systems, implement site-specific management, rotate fields, determine optimal playing conditions, justify equipment use/purchase, and better understand the influence of field conditions on player safety.

Field Management Topics:

The Martian Meets MacgyverPresented by Stephen Hamilton
“Begin with a problem and end with a solution.” – Stephen Hamilton
With budgets getting tighter, we must be more creative with resources. By defining obstacles and knowing end goals, it is possible to overcome challenges. With ideas in mind and blueprints in our heads, we tackle problems with simplicity and efficiency at the forefront.After spending his career at different levels and different sites of professional baseball, Stephen has collected a vast library of ideas. With these ideas (tips and tricks), he has come up with a successful program. To contact Stephen – stephen.hamilton@peoriaaz.gov

Athletic Field Renovation Tips – Presented by Jeff Fowler
When renovating your sports field, there are 8 keys for success. This presentation will focus on the various practices, including soil testing, fertility, aeration and more, that keep athletic fields safe and playable for athletes and users.

Maintaining Athletic Fields on a Limited Budget – Presented by Dr. Brad Fresenburg
The priority when maintaining sports fields at any level is to provide safe, playable fields for athletes. All too often, budgetary limitations get in the way of proper care and maintenance of athletic fields. Although there is no universal budgetary formula, some level of success can be achieved at most facilities. Understanding and applying the essential cultural practices, as well as utilizing outside sources, athletic directors, coaches and sports turf managers can collaborate to provide a healthy field that meets expectations. To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Mowing Topics:

How Mowing Affects Turfgrass – Presented by Dr. Doug Linde
The purpose of the presentation is to inform the audience on how mowing affects turf. Plant response, benefits and disadvantages of mowing, as well as recommended mowing practices will all be discussed. To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

Fertilization Topics:

Foliar and Granular Fertilization for Sports Turfgrasses – Presented by Dr. Grady Miller
Learn how to identify significant differences between granular and foliar fertilization programs and the importance and advantages of both types of fertilizers for sports turfgrasses.

Back to Basics: Understanding Turfgrass Fertility – Presented by Dr. Bryan Hopkins
Participants will learn about the importance of soil testing and how to interpret results. They will then learn how to apply the results to build an annual fertility program for athletic fields. Fertilizer sources and the pros and cons of each will also be outlined. To view the PowerPoint presentation, click here.

So, What is the Deal with Calcium? – Presented by Dr. Nick Christians (2019)

Carbon Fertilization: Snake Oil or the Next Big Thing? – Presented by Dr. Bryan Hopkins (2019)

Measure Twice, Apply Once: Practical Reductions in Pesticides and Fertilizers – Presented by Ryan DeMay (2018)

What About the Micronutrients? – Presented by Dr. Nick Christians (2017)

Polymer Coated Fertilizer: Takes a Beating and Keeps on Feeding – Presented by Dr. Eric Miltner (2017)

Water Topics:

Smart Irrigation Practices – Presented by Dr. Alec Kowalewski
Water is essential to maintain the health of turfgrass plants. When natural precipitation is not sufficient, turfgrass plants benefit from supplemental irrigation. This presentation will focus on the benefits and disadvantages of irrigation, frequency and timing of irrigation events, amount of water to apply and other considerations when irrigating recreational surfaces.

Computing Irrigation Costs: Better Understanding and Managing Your Water Budget – Presented by Wade Hamilton

This online seminar will demonstrate how to break down and convert irrigation water use into dollars. ET data (historic, projected and current), distribution uniformity, run times, water bills, plant material and square footage of irrigated areas are the variables that will be used to project/analyze water usage. Step-by-step instructions for working through calculations will also be included. Determining run time costs can benefit facilities by identifying irrigated areas that could be turned down or off when there are drought restrictions. Information provided will also equip you with the tools to communicate effectively with non-irrigation managers.

***Note: there is a mistake on slides 15 and 16. The fraction that represents DU should be 100/85 (in the presentation, it is 85/100). Click HERE to view the PowerPoint. The PowerPoint has been corrected.

Hitting Conservation Targets with Minimum Compromise – Presented by Jack Karlin
Conservation goals are a reality for municipal sports field managers across the US. Meeting those goals means balancing the safety and playability of the fields with the pressures to reduce water use. Drought tolerant turf and water budgeting tools created specifically to calculate annual water requirements for drought tolerant turf allow managers to help set realistic goals AND maintain the field quality their communities require.

Don’t Let Water Restrictions Strike You Out – Presented by Dr. Bryan Hopkins and Dr. Kelly Kopp (2017)

Developing and Implementing Best Management Practices for Sports Field Water Conservation – Presented by Dr. Clint Waltz (2016)

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Cultural Practices:
Heat Stress:
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Turfgrass Nutrition:
Management Programs:
Turfgrass Diseases:
Turfgrass Weeds
Turfgrass Insect Pests
Plant Growth Regulators
Synthetic Turfgrass
Additional Considerations in Turfgrass Management