March 13, 2019 < two weeks!!
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM

University of Northwestern – St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55113


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The March 13 MPSTMA Spring Workshop will feature:

Roundtable Discussion on GPS Use
What areas do you use GPS information?

+ Planning and staff communication
            + Documentation of work completed or planned
            + Mapping of existing infrastructure
            + Accuracy of tasks by GPS integration on equipment
            + Simplification of tasks with the technology
            + Routing

What was the driving factor in deciding to implement GPS?
Cost to install GPS on equipment both the “box”  and any monthly ongoing cost?
What equipment do you currently have a GPS system on?
What area do you see the most benefit from using GPS? -- OR -- Were there any unexpected results, good or bad, once implemented?
Have you used vehicle GPS system for accident investigation or to provide feedback staff about driving habits? Being places they shouldn’t have been?
Have you used the historical information to answer questions from residents or customers about when or if work was done?
How has staff responded to the implementation or discussion of GPS use in your department?
Are you planning to expand your use of GPS and how?

Pre-Game Agronomic Field Safety Assessment for Sports Fields: Future Implications for Risk Assessment
– Dr. Kristina Walker, Associate Professor of Agronomy, University of Minnesota / Crookston
One of the most difficult turfgrass areas to manage is sports fields due to the intense traffic they receive by players on a regular basis. Sports played on turfgrass athletic fields can easily result in injury to players, and there have been many cases where these injuries could be blamed on turf field conditions. In this seminar, we will explore how the Turf Management and Sport Recreation Management Programs at the U of M Crookston are creating pre-game field safety and maintenance checklists for football and soccer fields to improve turf field conditions to reduce the risk of player injuries.

Sports Field Performance Testing, GMax and Beyond – Ross Kurcab, CSFM, Sports Field Consultant, Championship Sports Turf Systems and Head Turf Manager, Denver Broncos Football Club
Ross Kurcab is a 1984 graduate of the Colorado State University with a degree in Landscape Horticulture/Turfgrass Management. Upon graduating, he took the position as turf manager for the Denver Broncos practice facility. In 2000, he became the first Certified Sports Field Manager. In 2001, he became the head turf manager for the new INVESCO Field at Mile High. In addition to his career, he is also a past president of the Colorado Sports Turf Managers Association, and is now a CSTMA honorary lifetime member. He is also a member of the Rocky Mountain Regional Turfgrass Association. Ross’s achievements include the 1989 and 2001 Rocky Mountain Turfgrass Association Turfgrass Professional of the Year award, the 1998 STMA Dick Erickson Founders Award, the 2001 Sports Turf Magazine Manager of the Year, the 2002 STMA Harry Gill Award (STMA’s highest honor), and the 2005 STMA Field of the Year Award in both professional football and professional soccer categories.

Plant Growth Stimulants - Theresa Bayrer, Director of Research and Agonomy, Vivid Life Sciences
Theresa Bayrer studied Turfgrass Management at Virginia Tech and at the University of Kentucky where she earned her Masters degree in Plant Science. She worked in Minor League Baseball while she was a student and has been fortunate to work for and mentor under true luminaries in both the MLB and NFL. Theresa currently works for Vivid Life Sciences as the Director of Research and Agronomy. She lives in Minneapolis with her husband and two young children; she and her sports turf manager husband (Larry DiVito, Minnesota Twins Baseball Club) have odd dinner conversations, mostly about fertilizer.

And here’s a summary of the presentation:

The suppliers are adding more plant growth stimulants to their listings every season but there is still a good deal of ambiguity surrounding their uses and usefulness.  This talk will focus on defining the category as a whole, the key active ingredients in most products and outlining expectations for what the probable (vs possible) effect will be in turf.

More information/topics will be forwarded soon.
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P. O. Box 617
Wayzata, MN 55391
Phone: 763-703-4983