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161 Attended MPSTMA Spring Workshop
At University of Northwestern in St. Paul


The March 11 MPSTMA Spring Workshop at the University of Northwestern in St. Paul was well attended as 161 members and guests enjoyed a day of education, networking and lunch on a beautiful spring-like day. Twenty companies sponsored the event.

University of Minnesota research scientist Matt Cavanaugh spoke 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, spoke 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, addressed “Public Space Recycling/Parks.”

Troy McQuillen, M.S., Kirkwood Community College, gave a tech talk on "Strategies for Taking a Parks & Grounds Inventory"

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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

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