Featured Speakers of the Month

Each month two speakers presenting at the 2018 National STMA Conference and Exhibition in Fort Worth, Texas 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 17, he will be presenting “The Ups and Downs of pH Modification.”

The presentation will deal with the basic concepts of soil pH and discuss the impact of buffering capacity as it applies to raising or lowering soil pH.

On Thursday, January 18, Dr. Christians will be presenting with Dr. Adam Thoms, Assistant Professor at Iowa State University. The presentation will be “Topdressing and Cultivation for Your Athletic Fields – Part 1&2.”

Proper topdressing and cultivation of athletic fields can greatly impact athletic field performance of both native-soil and sand-based athletic fields. This presentation will cover many of the basics of what type of cultivation methods to use and when, as well as how much sand topdressing is necessary to keep athletic fields performing at their highest level.

Attendees will learn:

  • How to maintain or improve the water infiltration of athletic fields through proper cultivation and sand topdressing.
  • How to improve their calculations to determine how much sand topdressing is needed at various times of the year.
  • What cultivation methods will help maintain a safe playing surface.

Dr. Jared Hoyle is an Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist at Kansas State University, and Dr. Jay McCurdy is an Assistant Professor at Mississippi State University. On Wednesday, January 17, they will be presenting “Low Budget Weed Control.”

Weed control doesn’t have to be overly complicated or terribly expensive. This workshop helps attendees plan a budget sensitive weed control strategy to suit both warm and cool-season athletic fields.

Attendees will:

  • Gain fundamental knowledge pertaining to weed identification and control.
  • Understand basic cultural and chemical principles that reduce pesticide inputs without sacrificing weed control.
  • Develop a budget sensitive weed control strategy for warm- and cool-season turfgrass facilities.