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MPSTMA Spring Workshop Set for March 11
At University of Northwestern in St. Paul


The MPSTMA Spring Workshop is set for Wed., March 11 at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul.

University of Minnesota research scientist Matt Cavanaugh will speak on high traffic areas. Do you recognize this cycle? Player traffic equals thin turf. Thin turf equals bare soil. Bare soil equals party time for weeds. Due to the amount of traffic many sports fields see, turf can quickly thin providing a perfect opportunity for weeds to germinate and grow. Weed control for the most part has many options. However, due to the fact many sports turf managers are continually seeding these thin spots, herbicide control options are greatly reduced due to restrictions and limitations on sensitive young germinating seeds. This session will cover common weeds seen in sports turf and the herbicides that are least restrictive for use in seeded situations.

Jim Ruzicka, Mainline Consulting, will speak on Central Controls for Irrigation. Jim started his irrigation career in 1976 working on an installation crew and has been in and around the industry ever since. Jim works closely with other industry professionals and organizations to ensure that he is delivering the products that his customers have come to expect. At the Spring Workshop, Jim will talk about Central Control Options using Weather/ET & Soil Moisture – what are your options? Discussion on the benefits of Central Control and the options of automated control of your properties along with the latest news in Central Control and ET Based and Soil Moisture systems.

Sarah Hellekson, City of Plymouth, will address “Public Space Recycling/Parks.”

Troy McQuillen, M.S., Kirkwood Community College, will speak on "Strategies for Taking a Parks & Grounds Inventory"

To register, go to: www.mpstma.org/springwork.htm

SPRING WORKSHOP AGENDA

7:00 - 8:00        
Registration, vendor time, coffee and donuts

8:00 - 8:10        
Welcome from the University of Northwestern

8:10 - 8:55        
"Central Controls for Irrigation"
Jim Ruzicka, Mainline Consulting

8:55- 9:45         
"Strategies for Taking a Parks & Grounds Inventory"
Troy McQuillen, M.S., Kirkwood Community College

9:45 - 10:30      
Vendor introductions, coffee break, vendor time

TRACK 1 
10:30 - 11:30 
"How to Deal With High Traffic Areas in Turfgrass"
Matt Cavanaugh, University of Minnesota

TRACK 2 
10:30 - 11:30
"Recycling In Parks"  (See description below)
Sarah Hellekson, City of Plymouth

You may have been told to initiate a public space or parks recycling program. You know that part of the process involves placing recycling containers in public spaces. But what else do you need to do? Learn how to devise a recycling program that will work in your parks for your community. You know park users want and expect recycling in public spaces because you hear it all the time. But, where do you begin?

• What is the best place to start?
• What challenges can you expect?
• Can you do this by yourself?  What staff support will you need?
• How do you choose the containers?
• Is there funding available to purchase containers?
• How do you increase community support and awareness for recycling in parks?
• How do you provide education?
• What are the best ways to measure success?

11:30 - 12:30     Lunch

12:30 - 1:00       Vendor Time

1:00 - 2:00        
Ask the CSFM's, A Panel Discussion:
Connie Rudolph,CSFM, City of St. Paul, Tom Rudberg,CSFM, S&S Tree,
Ben Boeding,CSFM, City of Eagan, Mike McDonald, CSFM, U of MN
Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM, U of St. Thomas  


 

 

 


 



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The MPSTMA serves the entire Minnesota Park and Sports Turf industry. The mission of the MPSTMA is to encourage the collection and dissemination of scientific, educational and applied knowledge through association with those persons engaged in, and who are concerned with, the construction, maintenance and use of park and sports turf areas for high quality and safe playing conditions.

Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association
P. O. Box 617, Wayzata, MN 55391 USA
MPSTMA OFFICE: 952-473-3722

Send e-mail to jeff.turtinen@mpstma.org.
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