OTF Conference Education Overview: Sports Field Management

_dsc0888At the Ohio Turfgrass Foundation Conference and Show, there is many educational opportunities provided for people who are involved in sports field management. Here is a list of the topics and speakers during the three-day conference for sports field management:

Tuesday, December 8

8:00 – 9:00
State of the Synthetic Turf Industry – New Technology in Products, Maintenance and Removal
Reese Hicks, The Motz Group

9:00 – 10:00
Advances in Hybrid Turf Systems
Joe Motz, The Motz Group

10:00 – 11:00
Trials & Tribulations – One Soccer Field – Two Surface Renovation Approaches
Sunserrae Roesslein, North Area Athletic Complex

11:00 – 12:00
Selecting the Best Kentucky Bluegrass and Perennial Regresses for Playability and Disease Tolerance on Sports Fields (Cat. 8 – 1 hr.)
Dr. Leah Brilman, DLF Pickseed

12:00 – 1:00
Plants, Animals, People and Pesticide Safety Issues (CORE – 1 hr. – Room E170-172)
Dr. Jeff Borger, Penn State

1:00 – 2:00
As a Former Superintendent, These are the Top 10 Things Sports Field Managers Could Learn from the Golf Industry
Ryan DeMay, Columbus Parks & Recreation – Berliner Park

2:00 – 4:00
Awards, Scholarships & Keynote Address presented by Syngenta

4:00 – 7:00
Tradeshow Reception

Wednesday, December 9th

8:00 – 9:00
Practical Application of Remote Sensing for Disease Monitoring and Management – What Is It and Does It Have a Place in Sports Field Management? (Cat. 8 – 1 hr.)
Dr. David McCall, Virginia Tech

9:00 – 10:00
Using Best Management Practices for Maintaining Highly Trafficked Athletic Fields
Dr. Doug Karcher, Univ. of Arkansas

10:00 – 2:00

2:00 – 3:00
Drone Technology and Its Application for the Modern Sports Field Manager
Jim Moore, USGA

3:00 – 4:00
10 Weeks, Five High Schools, One Football Field – The Maintenance Battle
Sunserrae Roesslein, North Area Athletic Complex

4:00 – 5:00
From Across the Pond – Modern Renovation Practices and Maintenances Schemes of Real Madrid and Manchester United
Simon Gumbrill, Stadium Grow Lights

Thursday, December 10th

8:00 – 8:30
Annual Bluegrass Control on Sports Fields – An Update (Cat. 8 – 0.5 hr.)
Dr. John Street, Ohio State

8:30 – 9:00
PGRs – Do They Fit in Sports Field Management? (Cat. 8 – 0.5 hr.)
Dr. Karl Danneberger, Ohio State

9:00 – 10:00
Gray Leaf Spot: Current Information on the Biology, Epidemiology and the Use of Inoculum Detection for Disease Management (Cat. 8 – 1 hr.)
Dr. Francesca Peduto Hand, Ohio State

10:00 – 11:00
The Use of Stadium Grow Lights in European and USA Fields- Application and Technology
Simon Gumbrill, Stadium Grow Lighting

11:00 – 12:00
The Thinking Sports Turf Manager – A Presentation of Ideas on Cultural Practices, Money Saving Tips and Pest Management Strategies – Regional, National and International Forum (Cat. 8 – 0.5 hr.)
Moderated by Pam Sherratt, Ohio State

1:00 – 2:00
Benefits of Foliar Fertilization and Use Strategies – Real Versus Perceived
Dr. Doug Karcher, Univ. of Arkansas

2:00 – 3:00
Satisfying Demands to Reduce Risks Perceived with Insect Control on Sports Fields (Cat. 8 – 1 hr.)
Dr. David Shetlar, Ohio State

3:00 – 4:00
Seed is the Sports Field Manager’s Best Friend – BMPs for Rapid Establishment and Herbicide Use (Cat. 8 – 1 hr.)
Pam Sherratt, Ohio State

Don’t forget the OTF Conference & Show and OSU Green Short Industry Course priority registration ends on November 25th!

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