March 13, 2019 < two
7:00 AM - 3:00 PM
University of Northwestern – St. Paul
3003 Snelling Ave N
St. Paul, MN 55113
ON-LINE REGISTRATION OR TO SPONSOR (Also available at
The March 13 MPSTMA Spring Workshop will
Roundtable Discussion on GPS Use
What areas do you use GPS information?
+ Planning and staff communication
What was the driving factor in deciding to implement GPS?
+ Documentation of work completed or planned
+ Mapping of existing infrastructure
+ Accuracy of tasks by GPS integration on equipment
+ Simplification of tasks with the technology
Cost to install GPS on equipment both the “box” and any monthly
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
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
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
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
More information/topics will be forwarded soon.
Once again, you can register or sponsor the Spring Workshop at
www.mtgf.org/workshop.htm or go to our new website at
P. O. Box 617
Wayzata, MN 55391