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