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Network Events, Clash, Tour-on-Wheels Highlight MPSTMA Summer Schedule After kicking off the new year with a Spring Workshop at the University of St. Thomas in a snowstorm in March, then a couple of networking events at Woodbury’s Carver Lake Park in May, and at Town & Country Fence in June, MPSTMA members can now look forward to a number of upcoming events. Summer events include the Minnesota/Iowa Chapter Clash, Tour-onWheels, and more network picnics. The MPSTMA Network Picnics are low-key, stressfree events that offer free lunches and camraderie at no charge.

the Year), Hamline University, a ‘green roof’ at the University of Minnesota and a new development at Anoka-Hennepin Technical College. Lunch will be sponsored by Reinders, Inc. August 18-19 MPSTMA 3rd Quarterly Plan a family outing with other MPSTMA members in mid-August. This Thursday/Friday, 2-day event is family-oriented. The tentative site is the Wild Mountain ski area. MPSTMA members converse at the May Network event at Carver Lake Park in Woodbury on May 18. Pictured from the left are Gary Ringus, Property Props Inc., Derek Lash, Solution Blue, Inc., and Mike Kelly, TerraMax.

July 27 Network Picnic Bryant Lake Park, Eden Prairie

July 15-16 Chapter Clash Iowa City, Iowa The Annual Chapter Clash between Iowa and Minnesota park and sports turf managers takes place in Iowa City on July 15-16. Golf, softball and bocce ball will be on the agenda. Carpooling and lodging will be available. If you’d like to participate, contact Chapter Clash player/coach Mike McDonald, CSFM at

Bryant Lake Park in Eden Prairie will be the site of a network picnic on July 27. Bryant Lake Park offers a leash-free dog area and disc golf. August 3 MPSTMA Tour-on-Wheels This year’s tour plans to stop at Palm Field in St. Anthony Park (2010 Field of

September 28 MPSTMA Fall Workshop Coon Rapids

This year’s Fall Workshop will take place in the City of Coon Rapids. Vendor’s will display equipment and speakers will provide education. October 11 Network Picnic The Toro Company A networking event is set for October 11 at The Toro Co. We will tour the engineering department and test department and possibly a quick presentation of Toro’s CAD system.


“Second Term But Feels Like New” STEVE GILBERTSON President OFFICERS PRESIDENT

This is my second term serving as president of an association. I first served in 2009 for the Minnesota Sports Turf Managers Associaton (MSTMA), and now, after the merge with the Minnesota Park Supervisors Association (MPSA), I am serving as president of the Minnesota Park and Sports Turf Managers Association. So far, I have found in my second term, the phrase, “nothing is ever the same the second time around” is becoming more evident everyday. Since the merger back in January, the organization has taken on more members, plans to hold more events and is in the process of properly converting the two organizations into one. We need your help. Taking on more members means the MPSTMA’s educational goals and ideas need to be expanded and topics for workshops need to cover more subjects. In my first term, the old MSTMA focused on growing sports turf and was not too worried about emerald ash bore. Likewise, the old MPSA was talking about rain gardens for drainage and not worried about synthetic surfaces. With the larger membership base that has been created, a wider variety of topics will be covered at this year’s workshops. Holding more events in 2011 will allow everyone to network with more people who are involved in a similar industry. All these events would not be possible without the hardwork put in by their committee members and the support of our commercial members. Show your support and attend MPSTMA events when you can.

STEVE GILBERTSON City of Lino Lakes 612-599-8017 VICE PRESIDENT

DAVE NOZAL Tree Trust 651-644-5800 VICE PRESIDENT

KEVIN FERNANDEZ White Bear Lake Area Schools #624 651-653-2736 TREASURER

LOWELL LUEBECK City of Plymouth 763-509-5946 TREASURER

ROGER WEINBRENNER CSFM University of St. Thomas 651-962-6546 PAST PRESIDENT

STEVE BERG CSFM St. Paul Academy & Summit School 651-698-2451 PAST PRESIDENT

PHIL GALLIGER City of Woodbury 652-714-3721 DIRECTORS

Lastly, the process of bringing the two organizations into one is strictly business. Yes, there is a business side to the organization and it is an important component of this organization. Please encourage others to become members. Make a point to make time for the organization. Every little bit will help for the long-range goals of the MPSTMA.


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Turfgrass Research Program Update By ERIC WATKINS and BRIAN HORGAN, Ph.D. UniversityofMinnesota DepartmentofHorticulturalScience

The University of Minnesota Turfgrass Science program has had another successful year. Our research program has conducted research in three primary areas: (1) Environmental Protection, (2) Production and Management of Turfgrasses, and (3) Turfgrass Breeding and Genetics. At the end of this article, we have listed peerreviewed scientific publications from the past year and also listed the current research projects that are being funded at our research center. As you can see, our team of students and researchers have been very successful in conducting THE ANNUAL TURF AND GROUNDS FIELD DAY is a perfect time to see, first-hand, the research being important research that will benefit turfdone at the TROE Center on the U of M St. Paul Campus. This year’s Field Day is set for Sept.15, 2011. grass professionals, such as the members of the MPSTMA, in both the short-term and the long-term. personnel. One advantage to the project-specific funding model is industry professionals can quickly use the research results. For When interacting with stakeholders, we often are asked instance, a trial that evaluates a series how the University of Minnesota financial situation affects (Continued on Page 4) our research and education program. Unfortunately, the declining financial resources available within the University are beginning to impact our program; in the past, the college was able to help support our field facility manager position, which is no longer the case. In the near future, we expect to see severe reductions, or even elimination, of funds dedicated towards personnel that help keep the TROE Center operational. Fortunately, the turfgrass science program has been well-supported by the turf and grounds industry in Minnesota. When we talk to colleagues throughout the country, we realize how fortunate we are to have a great relationship with industry partners such as MTGF and MPSTMA. The funding we receive from MTGF and MPSTMA has allowed us to successfully compete for a number of large grants (see list at the end of this article). Typically, industry groups, such as the MPSTMA and MTGF, can support research in one of two ways. The first model, which has been used by MTGF in recent years, supports research by funding the infrastructure necessary for longerterm, impactful research projects. The second model supports specific research projects but does not provide funding for critical infrastructure and


UM Research Update(ContinuedfromPage3) of plant growth regulators for use on Kentucky bluegrass would provide research results within a short time frame and lead to changes in turf management. For these types of research projects, we initiated fundraising for a graduate student fellowship in 2009 and are happy to report that we have commitments for $240,000 (goal is $400,000). We appreciate the MPSTMA's support of this fellowship. The first approach (currently employed by MTGF) allows us to confidently present research proposals to outside funding agencies because we know that the infrastructure and personnel costs associated with maintaining our facility are in place. Most funding agencies want to fund graduate student research and related supplies and are not interested in funding infrastructure or long-term research personnel. This model provides industry a significant return on investment since a graduate student costs our program approximately $40,000/yr (same amount granted by MTGF to our program in 2011). In summary, our program relies on general funding for infrastructure and personnel (TROE Center and people to run it). This allows us to invest in long-term research projects that will have implications for turf management throughout the region and country for decades to come. At the same time, a fully-funded research center allows us to perform readily-applied research. It is our hope that MTGF and the allied organizations, such as the MPSTMA, will continue to support the funding of our research facility and the personnel necessary for the continuation of a nationally-recognized, impactful turfgrass research program. We are excited that the MPSTMA has begun publication of

a quarterly newsletter. In this space, we will give you updates on research projects that will impact the parks and sports turf managers of Minnesota. We hope that MPSTMA members will be able to join us for the 2011 Turf and Grounds Field, which will be held on Thursday, September 15 on the St. Paul campus. Details will be provided later this summer. Peer-Reviewed Publications in 2010 and 2011: Bierman, P.M., B.P. Horgan, C.J. Rosen, A.B. Hollman and P.H. Pagliari. 2010. Phosphorus runoff from turfgrass as affected by phosphorus fertilization and clipping management. J. Environ. Qual. 39:282-292. Clark, M.D., and E. Watkins. 2010. Seed production characteristics of prairie junegrass germplasm accessions. Crop Science 50:1057-1065. Clark, M.D., and E. Watkins. 2010. Turfgrass characteristics of prairie junegrass germplasm accessions. Crop Science 50:2092-2102. Hoffman, L., M. DaCosta, J.S. Ebdon, and E. Watkins. 2010. Physiological changes during cold acclimation of perennial ryegrass accessions differing in freeze tolerance. Crop Science 50:1037-1047. Kerns, J.P., P.L. Koch, D. Cook, B.P. Horgan and F.P. Wong. 2010. First report of brown patch caused by Waitea circinata var. circinata on Poa annua in Wisconsin and Minnesota. Plant Disease. Vol. 94, No. 9:1165. Jiang, Y., E. Watkins, S. Liu, X. Yu, and N. Luo. 2010. Antioxidative responses and candidate gene expression in prairie junegrass under drought stress. Journal of the American Society of Horticultural Science 135: 303-309. Rice, P.J., B.P. Horgan, C.Hapeman and L. McConnell. 2010. In Press. Effectiveness of management practices to mitigate off-site movement and ecological risk of pesticides transported with runoff from agriculture and turf systems. In Pesticides. In-Tech. Vienna, Austria. ISBN 978-953-7619-X-X. Rice, P.J., B.P. Horgan and J.L. Rittenhouse. 2010. Pesticide transport with runoff from creeping bentgrass turf: relationship of pesticide properties to mass transport. Envrion. Tox. and Chem. Vol. 29, No. 6:1209-1214. Rice, P.J., B.P. Horgan and J.L. Rittenhouse. 2010. Evaluation of core cultivation practices to reduce ecological risk of pesticides in runoff from Agrostis palustris. Environ. Tox. and Chem. Vol. 29, No. 6:1215-1223. Watkins, E., A.B. Hollman and B.P. Horgan. 2010. Evaluation of alternative turfgrass species for low-input golf course fairways. Hort. Sci. 45(1):113-118. Watkins, E, S. Fei, D. Gardner, J. Stier, S. Bughrara, D. Li, C. Bigelow, L. Schliecher, B. Horgan and K. Diesburg. 2011. Low-input turfgrass species for the north central United States. Online. Applied Turfgrass Science doi:10.1094/ATS-2011-0126-02-RS. Funded Research Ongoing Projects (does not include projects completed before 2010) Developing alternative sod mixtures for salt and drought affected sites. 2010-2013. Local Road Research Board (MnDOT). $176,516 Alternative turfgrass species as a pest management strategy. USDA/CSREES Pest Management Alternative Program. Watkins, E., C. Yue, B.P. Horgan, J. Kerns and M. Meyer. 2009-2012. $179,494. Genetic improvement of prairie junegrass. 2006-2012. United States Golf Association. Eric Watkins and Nancy Ehlke. $50,000. Mineralization rates of soils using the ISNT to predict nitrate leaching. 2010-2012. United States Golf Association. Brian Horgan and Dave Gardner. $38,150. Reducing P runoff from turf; an education and outreach approach. 2011. Minnesota Pollution Control Agency. Brian Horgan and Carl Rosen. $30,000. Watkins, E, and N. Ehlke. 2009-2011. Expanding the potential of native turfgrass seed production. Minnesota Turf Seed Council. $20,000. Horgan, B.P. and E. Watkins. 2009-2011. Determination best mixture and blend of cool-season grasses when exposed to acute drought. National Turfgrass Evaluation Program. $15,000. National Turfgrass Evaluation Program: Tall fescue. 2006-2011. NTEP. Eric Watkins and Brian Horgan. $12,500. National Turfgrass Evaluation Program: Bentgrass putting green. 2008-2013. Eric Watkins and Brian Horgan. $12,000. National Turfgrass Evaluation Program: Bentgrass fairway. 2008-2013. Eric Watkins and Brian Horgan. $12,000. National Turfgrass Evaluation Program: Fine fescue wear tolerance. 2008-2013. Eric Watkins and Brian Horgan. $12,000. Alternative species for low input greens. 2008-2011. Brian Horgan, Eric Watkins, and Andrew Hollman. (Editor’

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TURFCO / MPSTMA FIELD OF THE YEAR The TURFCO / MPSTMA Field of the Year entry form is available at The entry form must include at least five color photos of field, maintenance procedures and a brief description of the field. The field must be located in Minnesota. Other criteria that will be graded includes: Resourcefulness of the staff, budget, maintenance practices and challenges in the management of the athletic field; condition and aesthetics of the athletic field, and the number and type of games and/or events. A complete list of requirements is available at Entry deadline is October 15. Palm Field, located in the St. Anthony/New Brighton School district was the first winner of the Turfco Field of the Year award. “Turfco is very pleased to be able to participate in MPSTMA’s Field of The Year program. All the candidates for the 2010 award presented facilities that were in their own way fields of the year. In the end the winner presented a facility that was above and beyond the ordinary. We at Turfco are proud to be the presenting sponsor of the MPSTMA Field of the Year Award and look forward to continuing to serve the group by sponsoring this award for many years to come,” said Greg Brodd, Turfco Manufacturing. Congratulations to turf managers Mike Johnson and Jonny Hummel and Athletic Director Troy Urdahl.

SEPTEMBER 15, 2011 The 2011 MTGF/UM Turf and Grounds Field Day is set for Thursday, September 15, 2011 at the University of Minnesota Turfgrass Research, Outreach and Education Center (TROE Center). MPSTMA members should attend: All segments of commercial and residential turfgrass management will benefit from the research conducted at the University of Minnesota. Topics Covered: 1) Multi-species drought evaluation using rain-out shelter; 2) Roadside salt-tolerant turfgrass; 3) Consumer attitudes about low-input turfgrasses; 4) Advances in breeding for disease resistance in cool-season turfgrasses; 5) Winter-hardy perennial ryegrass; 6) Fungicide trials; 7) NTEP cultivar evaluations (bentgrass, fine fescue, Kentucky bluegrass, tall fescue, perennial ryegrass), and 8) Benefit of bees in the landscape. Why: Your membership in the Minnesota Turf and Grounds Foundation and your participation in MPSTMA are what supports the research being conducted at the TROE Center. Please join us and interact with your colleagues. We promise you will leave with something new.

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R.O.I. ~ Return on Investment or Resource Optimization Initiatives) By GARY RINGUS President,PropertyProps,Inc. Although I am a newcomer to the industry, I have quickly and easily grasped the issues faced by everyone involved in the maintenance of grounds and facilities. Forgive me if I step on any toes or my observations here are out of line. But, I think I'm "singing to the choir" when I mention the pressures of increased requirements on service staff with limited, and often, fewer resources. While the focus of our business is outside the building, I imagine custodial services or arena managers see the same crunch as those of you who maintain the grounds and playing fields. The problems faced aren't eased if you are able to hire seasonal help; previously "trained" kids don't often return while training and supervision are difficult to execute. What can be done to maximize the output of the staff? Often, new fields and facilities are added which means more work from the same crew. A survey of your group would reveal how much this impacts a) tension, b) quality of work, c) complaints, and/or d) financial consequences. While I don't pretend to have the answers, I firmly believe that planning is ultimately a solution which can help; at the very least easing the pressure on all of you who are responsible to get the job done. Undoubtedly, you have had (or wanted to have) the discussions with management of your districts about priorities so

that when certain jobs are pending, it is easier to make decisions regarding directions to your crews. Do we spend time repairing the fence or trimming the base of it this week? Is it critical to edge the sidewalks or can we get more value from tending to the shrubs - clean them out, trim them back? You get the idea. The return to taxpayers and to your efforts of maintenance of your multi-million dollar facilities is difficult to measure. This ROI might be calculated by determining if the investment of manpower and materials has preserved the quality of your facility just as we would evaluate the same of our own personal property. How do things look at our baseball field compared to "opening day"? Does the entry boulevard to the campus look like it did when the new trees and shrubs had been planted and grew out over that first season? Another calculation of ROI might be determined by optimizing the resources available. An initiative to evaluate the contribution of each of your team might be worthwhile. Is it possible and worthwhile to you and your staff to record and measure the contribution of each? Would it be worth something to an individual and to your district to be able to state that "John mowed the football field 72 times and mowed the baseball field 45 times, etc.?" Listing and measuring the deployment and contribution of your resources might be valuable information to the credit of individual staff as well as to those ultimately responsible for their employment and supervision. A more traditional ROI would be the return on investment in a product, material, or service purchased. This is normally calculated to determine whether or not to purchase new equipment or choose an alternative product or service to replace what is traditionally done. New equipment often saves time - faster, wider coverage, etc., but the labor isn't really saved is it? The result of the purchase allows staff to cover other tasks either ignored or often left undone. (Editorâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;sNote:Formoreinformation,contactGaryRingusat

MPSTMA SPRING WORKSHOP HOST AND KEYNOTE SPEAKER Keynote speaker and 2010 Division III football coach of the year Glenn Caruso, (right) with Roger Weinbrenner, CSFM. The University of St. Thomas football coach gave an inspirational talk after lunch and gave kudos to Weinbrenner and Bob Reed for the excellent way they handle the grounds at the University of St. Thomas. Seventy-three out of a registered 97 made their way through a blizzard the morning of March 23.


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