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Vol. 5, No. 2

Summer/Fall 2015

Park & SportsTurf MINNESOTA

MANAGERS ASSOCIATION NEWS

OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE MINNESOTA PARK AND SPORTS TURF MANAGERS ASSOCIATION

Field Hardness and Concussions are a Major Issue in Sports. Troy Carson (above), The Toro Company, will update MPSTMA Fall Workshop attendees on this issue at the MPSTMA Fall Workshop at the St. Louis Park REC Center on September 16.

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Summer Highlights

MPSTMA BOARD OF DIRECTORS OFFICERS

By BEN BOEDING, CSFM

PRESIDENT BEN BOEDING, CSFM City of Eagan ben.boeding@gmail.com

MPSTMA President

As summer comes to a close, it gives me the opportunity to share the highlights since our Spring newsletter. The Tour-on-Wheels event was a great success touring the new facilities at CHS Field, Target Field, and the Three Rivers Park system. A huge thank you to all those involved, especially our hosts Nick Baker, Larry Divito, Al Kuehner, Jarad Alley, John Barton and Patty Maher for sharing their facilities with our group. A number of attendees stayed following the Tour for some great tailgating, networking and an evening of Saints baseball. The Chapter Clash was hosted in Ames this year with a good group representing Minnesota for golf, softball, and bocce ball. Tim VanLoo was a great host and had plenty of ringers to sweep all three events. This being my first clash, I now am truly motivated to get a shot at redemption next summer on our home turf. This is an open invitation for all scratch golfers, softball all-stars, and bocce masters to help turn the tables in 2016. A number of vendors have hosted classes and field days to showcase their goods and highlight their products. A big thank you to all our vendors and sponsors for supporting our association and providing additional opportunities for education. Future opportunities coming up include the MPSTMA Fall Workshop at the St. Louis Park REC Center on September 16 and a Community Service Project in St. Paul in late October. If you know of fields or facilities in your communities in need of a facelift, please let us know about them for a possible project in 2016. In the not too distant future is the Northern Green Expo which will take place from January 13-15 and the Annual STMA Conference in San Diego January 19-22. The MTGF will host its annual Super Tuesday on January 12 with a tree and water them. The MPSTMA Annual Meeting is set for Thurs., Jan. 14 at 10:30 a.m. at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Board elections will be finalized at the Annual Meeting. Please do not hesitate to step up to the plate and become a board member of this great group. Each year, a Board position opens for General members, Commercial members, MTGF representative and a Vice President. Contact a Board member or the MPSTMA office if you would like to be on the election ballot. I hope to see you at the Fall Workshop and continue sharing information on a wide variety of topics to benefit as many members as possible. If you have a topic you’d like to see or have discussed, please let any of our board members know. Have a great fall, and I look forward to seeing you at our next event.

VICE PRESIDENT JAY STADLER Carleton College jstadler@carleton.edu TREASURER ROGER WEINBRENNER, CSFM University of St. Thomas reweinbrenne@stthomas.edu PAST PRESIDENT BEN WALLIN NationalSports Center bwallin@nscsports.com DIRECTORS GENERAL DIRECTOR LOWELL LUEBECK lowellluebeck@gmail.com GENERAL DIRECTOR JERRY JACOBSON The Blake Schools jjacobsen@theblakeschools.com COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR GARY RINGUS Property Props ringus@propertyprops.com COMMERCIAL DIRECTOR GREG BRODD Turfco Manufacturing Inc. gbrodd@turfco.com MTGF REPRESENTATIVE PAUL GRIFFIN City of Woodbury pgriffin@ci.woodbury.mn.us MTGF REPRESENTATIVE JON ALMQUIST The Toro Company jon.almquist@toro.com MPSTMA OFFICE EXECUTIVE SECRETARY JEFF TURTINEN 952-473-3722 P.O.Box617 Wayzata,MN55391 jeff.turtinen@mpstma.org

Best Wishes,

Ben Boeding Ben Boeding, CSFM President Minnesota Parks and Sports Turf Association

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St. Louis Park REC Center is Site for Sept. 16 MPSTMA Fall Workshop The MPSTMA Fall Workshop is set for Wed., Sept. 16 at the St. Louis Park REC Center located at 3700 Monterey Dr. in St. Louis Park. At this time, we have our Agenda almost complete. We are still in process of pursuing a representative from the Minnesota Vikings to give us a U.S. Bank Stadium update. Confirmed Fall Workshop speakers are: Sam Bauer, Extension Educator-Turfgrass Science University of Minnesota Extension. Sam will host a session on “Identifying Turf Problems.” Gerald Landby, Winona State University. Gerald is an alum of the University of Minnesota-Crookston where he majored in Landscape, Turf, and Grounds. After his schooling at UMC, he went to Montana State UniversityBozeman to do an internship on the MSU Grounds Department. He stayed in Bozeman and graduated from Montana State University in Landscape Management. After living in Montana for 32 years, he started a position at Winona State University a year ago. Before coming to Minnesota, Gerald was Director of Grounds at Carroll College in Helena MT for 16 years. He has held various positions such as golf course superintendent, park supervisor, municipal arborist (ISA Certified), and grounds technician at a university. Gerald has spent the last 20 years involved with many state and national green industry associations serving on boards and committees. Landby’s diverse background will enable him to talk about trees, parks, ground management, snow removal and sports fields. Doug Burns, Portland Cement Association. Burns will speak on maintenance issues when dealing with concrete and cement. Troy Carson, The Toro Company. Although synthetic turf fields often look uniform from above, most users do not have a full appreciation for how variable they really are. Carson’s presentation will review the current tools and methodology used in assessing the surface hardness of athletic fields and how it may relate to concussion risk in athletes. Research will be presented demonstrating the inadequacy of current test protocols to fully characterize synthetic field maintenance requirements. Data from a prototype mobile measurement device will be presented that provides the field manager a rapid field hardness assessment of an entire field. The data collected with this new tool will be presented in a graphical context that demonstrates the variability that exists across most fields and how it relates to field use. Data will be presented that shows the need for athletic field managers to develop an ongoing maintenance program for synthetic fields as they do for natural fields. Finally, strategies will be discussed for maintaining safe uniform playing surfaces throughout the duration of the life of an athletic field. After attending this session, the participant will better SUMMER/FALL2015

understand the variability in the surface conditions, especially surface hardness, that exist across synthetic as well as natural athletic fields; they will learn about a new tool that can quickly analyze the surface hardness of playing surfaces; they will realize that synthetic fields, like natural fields, do require ongoing maintenance to provide a uniform and safe playing surface; and they will learn some strategies for ensuring their athletic fields will be maintained below a safe hardness threshold from installation through the life of the field. Take a minute and register for the workshop today by going on-line at www.mpstma.org. After the Fall Workshop, attendees are invited to go lawn bowling at Brookview Golf Course in Golden Valley. This event is sponsored by the MPSTMA. A cash bar is available. The courts are secured for 3-5 p. m. * * * * (Editor’s Note: Look for updates for the MPSTMA Fall Workshop at www.mpstma.org and in you inbox.)

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The Turfgrasses that are typically planted on lawns, parks and golf courses in Minnesota are considered cool-season grasses. These grasses show increased growth during the spring and fall and reduced growth during the heat of the summer. Most lawns in Minnesota are composed primarily of Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and fine fescue. More information can be found at www.turf.umn.edu.

Minnesota Turfgrasses Kentucky Bluegrass 4 Most popular turfgrass in Minnesota 4 Home lawns, parks, athletic fields 4 Higher Maintenance requirement (fertilizer, water, etc.) than most other cool-season Turfgrasses 4 Many varieties may not grow well in the shade 4 Often mixed with fine fescue 4 “Boat-shaped” leaf tip Fine Fescue 4 Includes species such as strong creeping red fescue, hard fescue and Chewings fescue. 4 Hard and Chewings fescue are excellent for home lawns 4 Very good for shady areas 4 Lower maintenance requirement 4 Often mixed with Kentucky bluegrass Tall Fescue 4 Newer varieties perform well in Minnesota 4 Deep rooting allows this grass to perform well when water is limiting 4 Very tolerant of wear and traffic 4 Excellent shade performance 4 Home lawns, parks, athletic fields Perennial Ryegrass 4 Lacks winterhardiness 4 Very quick establishment 4 Home lawns, athletic fields, golf courses 4 Higher maintenance requirement 4 Good wear tolerance 4 Pointed leaf tip

TROE CENTER Research on these grasses continually take place at TROE Center in St. Paul. The MTGF with help from MPSTMA donated $70,000 in 2015 to help with operating costs at TROE Center.

Creeping Bentgrass 4 Found on golf courses greens, tees and fairways in northern United States 4 Can be mowed as low as one-tenth of an inch 4 Requires intense management and specialized equipment 4 Not recommended for home lawns Velvet Bentgrass 4 Can be used on golf course greens in the northern United States 4 Extremely fine leaf texture 4 Can be mowed as low as one-tenth of an inch 4 More research is needed before it can be recommended for use on golf courses in Minnesota 4 Not recommended for home lawns Dense Shade 4 Supine bluegrass, rough bluegrass 4 Prefer areas with plentiful moisture 4 Seed is expensive and difficult to locate

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MPSTMA PACKS BUS FOR 2015 TOUR-ON-WHEELS More than 70 people participated in this year's Tour-onWheels which took place on June 10. The MPSTMA group met at CHS Field in St. Paul for coffee and doughnuts and a tour of the new stadium. Nick Baker, sports turf manager at CHS Field was host. The group then traveled to Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins. MPSTMA members Larry DiVito, Al Kuehner and Jarrad Alley were hosts. (Continued on Page 7)

AL KUEHNER, Minnesota Twins grounds crew, explains what it takes to maintain a Major League Baseball mound.

NICK BAKER, Head Sports Turf Manager for the St. Paul Saints at CHS FIeld, addresses an attentive MPSTMA crowd in the bowels of CHS Field to begin the Tour.

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JARED ALLEY, another top member of DIvito’s crew, answered a variety of questions about Target Field.

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After Target Field, the group moved on to Three Rivers Park District's Driftwood site at Baker Park in Maple Plain. Representatives from Three Rivers, John Barton (left) and Patty Maher, (right) talked about about sustainability, waste management and public communication strategies. There was also information about their forestry departments emerald ash borer plan. Zero waste lunches were another topic from the Three Rivers group.

The Tour-on-Wheels lunch, sponsored by Reinders, Inc., weighed out at one-half ounce each when completed. Divine Swine Catering provided professional service and great food. A zero waste event produces less than one ounce of trash per person. We reduced the amount of natural resources that are used by making careful choices before, during, and after the event to reduce our impact on the environment.

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2015 MINNESOTA / IOWA CHAPTER CHALLENGE PARTICIPANTS FROM IOWA AND MINNESOTA IN AMES, IOWA The Iowa players won all three events: Golf, Bocce Ball and the Softball game. The 2016 event will take place in Minnesota. All members of MPSTMA are welcome to play any or all three events. Contact Mike McDonald CSFM at any time.

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MTGF Helps Sponsor a Workshop Focused on Diagnosing Tree and Shrub Problems The MTGF and the Shade Tree Short Course combined to sponsor a Diagnostic Workshop on August 18 at the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The workshop was intended to figure out why trees and shrubs under-perform or die. The morning half of the workshop took place in the classroom/lab. Participants reviewed the basics and details of diagnostics and the causal agents. In the afternoon, even though it was raining, the participants ventured outside to diagnose tree and shrub problems that were caused by insects, pathogens and the unloving (abiotic causal agents). Gary Johnson, (left) Professor / Extension Professor, Urban and Community Forestry, University of Minnesota. Johnson organized and was host of the Workshop. Other speakers included Jeff Hahn, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota, who focused his portion of the Workshop on bugs. Janna Beckerman, Professor, Botany and Plant Pathology, Purdue University, traveled from Indiana to be part of the program. The workshop was limited to 30 people do to classroom constraints.

ROGER WEINBRENNER, CSFM, Universityof St. Thomas, was one of 30 participants who took advantage of the Tree and Shrub Workshop. The workshop was limited to 30 people. The group was able to be very hands-on by examining samplels of various tree and shrub diseases.

Workshop participants were split into three groups outside and looked at diseases caused by insects, pathogens and abiotic causal agents around the UM St. Paul campus.

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Building Connections Interested in connecting with other industry professionals? Besides the ever-valuable impromptu “hallway” meetings, there will be featured, dedicated networking time on the trade show floor, free lunch on Thursday, campfire areas for gathering, opportunities to visit with speakers and exhibitors, and so much more.

Visiting Vendors Three days to visit with your suppliers in a dedicated environment. Check out the Expo hall–which boasts nearly 1,000 booths–and talk to all the industry players in one place at one time.

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