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September Letter To Members
9/25/2016

Hello NC-STMA Members,

Yesterday, NC-STMA hosted our fourth event of 2016 at Duke University. We had 75 members attend. Be sure to check out the NC-STMA webpage, Facebook, and Twitter sites for the photos. There were three presentations followed by lunch and a tour of the Duke University athletic facilities.

Presenting first was Dr. Kerns, from NC State, on Disease/Nematode Control in Athletic Turf. His presentation discussed some of the diseases that affect sports fields this fall. The major one for bermudagrass is Spring Dead Spot. During the fall months is the time to start treating for this disease when soil temperatures are averaging around 70 F degrees. With warmer weather for September and October being forecasted, he said that if you are planning to overseeding your field with perennial ryegrass you should consider using fungicides to help with damping off. Also if you plan to cover your fields this winter with winter covers you should also consider spraying fungicide to help prevent diseases from occurring.

Next to present was Dr. Peacock, from NC State, on Pest Control with Bio-rational Products. Dr. Peacock gave a short presentation on alternative methods to control pests, weeds, and diseases. There are many products that are environmental friendly that can be used. They are called bio-rational materials. Bio-rational material is non-toxic with few ecological side effects. These products are made up of natural substances that are already exist in nature and are not formed from chemicals in a lab. For example, corn meal can be used for crabgrass control. Though managers that have used corn meal in NC for prevention of crabgrass have had little success with this, in the Midwest they have had good control.

The last presentation was Willy Pennington, from BASF, on Pesticide Formulations and pH Implications. Willy gave an entertaining talk on chemical composition. All things are made up of a few elements combined with other elements. Using a Periodic Table he showed how adding a couple of elements can make a chemical formula toxic to weeds, insects, and diseases. He also said that testing the pH of the water that you fill you spraying tank is important. If the pH is not neutral 7 on the pH scale, being more basic or acidic can alter the chemical that you are spraying, which can have adverse effects on the treatment.

The presentations were followed by a facilities tour with Scott Thompson, Sports Turf Manager. We started off the tour by seeing Cameron Indoor Arena, though not sport turf related, the iconic venue was great for members to see. The tour continued to Wallace Wade Stadium and the outdoor/indoor football practice fields. Next we saw the soccer/lacrosse practice fields and stadium. The tour ended on the new outdoor track field and facility. Currently, Duke is beginning construction of new softball venue. Members were able to ask many questions and see some top notch facilities that Scott and his crew take care of. Duke University facilities have changed drastically over the past several years to become some of the best in the country.

The next event for members is the NC/SC-STMA Myrtle Beach Conference and Trade show on Nov. 14-16 at the Springmaid Resort. Registration is now open for all attendees through the EventBrite website. “Earlier Bird” registration ends on Nov 2. If you have not received an email or seen the flyer and are interested in attending please contact one of the NC-STMA board members. Also this year at the Carolina’s Cup Golf Tournament will be raising money for two $1000 student scholarships. One will be award to a current student in a turfgrass field and the other to any student that is majoring in a different subject that is related to a NC/SC STMA member. For eligibility for these scholarships and to apply contact Derek Walsh dwalsh@garrner.ncgov.

At the conference we will be holding our annual NC-STMA members meeting to vote in new officers for the 2017 year.

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See you at the Beach!

Thank you,

Scott Stevens

President, North Carolina STMA






NCSTMA FIELD DAY DUKE UNIVERSITY
9/20/2016
NCSTMA Field Day Tuesday, September 20th Duke University Schedule Registration 8:30 am Educational Sessions 9:00 am to 12:00 pm FREE Lunch 12:00 pm to 12:30 pm Afternoon facilities tour 12:30 pm Please pre-register by emailing Robbie Miller before Friday, September 16th to robbie.miller@ncsportsturf.org. Please join us for our final field day of the year at Duke University on Tuesday, September 20th where we will have morning educational sessions, lunch, and a facilities tour of Duke’s newly renovated athletic facilities. As always, attendance and lunch are FREE to NCSTMA members and cost to join is $30 for non-members, and $15 for students. Please visit www.ncsportsturf.org for membership information. Educational sessions: Disease/Nematode Control in Athletic Turf Pesticide Formulations and pH Implications Pest Control with Bio-rational Products




May Update
6/8/2016

May 26, 2016

Hello NC-STMA Members,

Yesterday, NC-STMA hosted the third event of 2016 at the Greensboro Grasshoppers in downtown Greensboro. We had 39 members attend. Be sure to check out the NC-STMA webpage, Facebook, and Twitter sites for the photos. There were two presentations followed by lunch and a baseball game.

Presenting first was Jake Holloway from the Greensboro Grasshoppers. He presented on the baseball park at Greensboro and his maintenance practices. He talked the biggest challenge that he and his crew face with the maintenance of the field which was minimizing the organic layer that his built up over time and dialing in his irrigation system. His aggressive approach to cultural practice is making way against the organic matter and improving the drainage. Also to help out he is not as aggressive with his fertility program. He fertilizes to maintain a green field, but not pushing the turf. He takes measures to maintain the soil and allows the turf to take care of itself. Jake stressed the importance of continue to grow and improving upon systems. This year his focus is on the irrigation system. He is looking to save lots of money in his budget by having the system properly tuned in.

Next to present was Michael Clark of Clark Irrigation & Design Inc. Michael discussed two topics; the importance of frequently checking your irrigation system and every couple of years the steps in doing an irrigation audit. He had a PowerPoint presentation showing slides of faulty irrigation systems and also slides of how do audits on your irrigation system. We were able to see a field demonstration of how the audit works.

The presentations were followed by lunch and the baseball game. The game was the last of a 7 game home stand for the Grasshopper crew. Jake and the crew, as always, had the field in tiptop shape.

The Virginia STMA chapter is hosting a field day seminar at Longwood University on June 14th and 15th. They have extended a discounted rate of $20 to our members if they want to attend. Over the past couple of years Longwood University has transformed into a Division I facility located in Farmville, VA. It is sure to be a well-attended event with speakers presenting on Surface Hardness, Mound Renovation/Repair, Mower Maintenance, and more.

For NC-STMA our next events are as follows:

Sept 20 Du University

Nov 14-16 NC/SC Myrtle Bach

The NC/SC Myrtle Beach conference committee has been working on a new location for this year. The hotel is bigger and can better accommodate the growing conference. Be on the lookout for the flyer being sent out within the next month or so. Because this is a new hotel/venue the registration deadline will be October 24th.

See you at Duke!

Thank you,

Scott Stevens

President, North Carolina STMA






April Update
4/28/2016

April 27, 2016

Hello NC-STMA Members,

Yesterday, NC April -STMA hosted the second event of 2016 at the Carter Finley Stadium on the campus of NC State. We had roughly 60 members attend. Be sure to check out the NC-STMA webpage, Facebook, and Twitter sites for the photos. There were three presentations followed by lunch and then a tour of the NC State’s athletic fields.

Presenting first was Travis Gannon from NC State. Travis presentation was on “Pesticide Fate and Behavior.” He discussed the chemicals that have recently been pulled from sports turf use, such as MSMA. He also presented on some of the research he has been doing with the translocation of chemicals from unwanted sprayed areas. In one research trial he used a soccer ball to test how much chemical was been tracked on the ball after spraying. The results were 10-15% if rolled on the surface just after spraying. He also discussed the importance of having spray barriers or spray perimeters between areas of spraying. This helps with drift and soil contamination. He stressed the importance of keeping the right products on your shelf and keeping the wrong products off your shelf.

Next to present was Pete Ashe of UNC-Greensboro. Pete’s presentation was on “Building Property Sustainability in the Transition Zone.” He discussed how UNC-G was being sustainable with allowing clover to grow in common/complex areas and how beneficial it is to the environment, especially with the honey bees. As always Pete’s presentation was just as entertaining as informational.

The third presentation was by Josh Marden of Turfface Athletics. Josh discussed the different mixes of infield material and the ratios of sand/silt/clay. Depending on where you are located and what type of field you are maintaining will depend on the mix. He also covered in his presentation the different types of infield conditioners; Calcined Clay, vitrified clay and diatomaccous earth. All these materials are used in helping to maintain infield moisture.

We also did a drawing for some NC-STMA “swag.” A couple attendees were awarded some shirts and hats. Along with the shirts and hats, the new NC-STMA business cards and magnets have arrived. Stephen Watson and the Marketing Committee delivered them yesterday at the event. Be sure to grab a couple and hand out to potential new members or hang up in your shop.

The presentations were followed by lunch and then a tour led by Derek and Daryl Liles the sports turf managers for NC State. In the tour we were able to see Carter Finley stadium, the new indoor practice football facility, as well as the football practice fields. On Carter Finley they were preparing for the upcoming concert. They were taking measures to protect their synthetic sidelines as well as the field. After the concert, the entire turfgrass part of the field will be completely renovated. The new indoor football facility is the size of an entire football field that serves as an area for the team to go during inclement weather. On the practice fields, the fields were in the middle of transition. The ryegrass, which was sprayed out a couple of weeks ago, was completely gone, and the bermudagrass was beginning to fill back in.

Our next events are as follows:

May 25 Greensboro Grasshoppers-NC-STMA Day at t Ballpark

Sept 20 Duke Univery

Nov 14-16 NC/SC Myrtle Bech

The NC/SC Myrtle Beach conference committee has been working on a new location for this year. The hotel is bigger and can better accommodate the growing conference. Be on the lookout for the flyer being sent out within the next month or so. Because this is a new hotel/venue the registration deadline will be October 24th.

The next NC-STMA event is less than a month away. For the first time we will be at the Greensboro Grasshoppers, for our day at the ballpark. We will have two presentations followed by lunch and the game. This is a good opportunity to come see the field and a good excuse to catch a game. Your registration for the event will include the ticket to the game. Your preregistration helps with a count for food and the amount of tickets that we need for the game.

See you in Greensboro!

Thank you,

Scott Stevens

President, North Carolina STMA






March Update
3/31/2016
Hello NC-STMA Members,

Yesterday, NC-STMA hosted our first event of 2016 at the Town of Pineville. We had roughly 40 members attend. Be sure to check out the NC-STMA webpage, Facebook, and Twitter sites for the photos. There were three presentations followed by lunch and then a tour of the Town of Pineville’s athletic fields.

Presenting first was Burke Anders of STI. Burke, back by popular demand, discussed sprayer maintenance, as well as giving an overview of the different types of pump systems that go on sprayer units. His key message was making sure to be safe when spraying and handling chemicals. Always use Proper Protective Equipment (PPE) and clean your spray tank/nozzles/filters regularly.

Next to present was Michael Hileman of JRM. Michael gave a presentation of aerification. In his presentation, he discussed the different types of tines and machines used to aerate. This was the same presentation that he gave out at the National conference a couple of years ago.

The third presentation was by Grady Miller of NC State. Grady’s presentation was about Spring Transition/weed control. He discussed the different chemicals used to transition from ryegrass back to bermudagrass during the spring. He also discussed some of the new chemicals on the market for weed control. As always, Grady had photos that showed the different results from the do’s and do not’s of spraying.

The presentations were followed by lunch and then a tour led by Scott Futter of the Town of Pineville. In the tour we were able to see a heavily used baseball field. We were able to converse on how he took care of the field and the challenges that he faces with fields that are used 7 days a week. The Parks and Rec department is steadily growing, in the past couple of years he went from taking care of two fields to now four. In the future, plans are to add an additional 70 acres of fields.

Our next events are as follows:
April 26 NC State University
May 25 Greensboro Grasshoppers
Sept 20 Duke University
Nov 14-16 NC/SC Myrtle Beac

The NC/SC Myrtle Beach conference committee has been working on a new location for this year. The hotel is bigger and can better accommodate the growing conference. Be on the lookout for the flyer being sent out within the next month or so. Because this is a new hotel/venue the registration deadline will be earlier for the event than in the past.

The NC State seminar is less than a month away. We will be at Carter Finley Stadium, which they will be holding a concert the following weekend. The tour will include the field management for the concert, as well as seeing some of the other changes at NC State sports facilities.

On behalf of the Board of Directors we look forward to seeing you at the next event. If you have any questions or concerns about NC-STMA please contact one of the board members. Thank you all for your continual support of NC-STMA without our members, our vendors, volunteers, and board none of this would be possible.
See you in Raleigh!
Thank you,
Scott Stevens
President, North Carolina STMA





February 2016 Update
3/8/2016
Hello NC-STMA Members,

I hope everyone was able to relax over this past winter and is ready for an exciting year. Spring sports practices are underway, with many facilities already hosting games. Recently, your Board of Directors met at our annual planning meeting at Lake Wheeler Turf Lab on the campus of NC State University. We reviewed the 2015 year, resolved website issues, planned four events for the upcoming year, and agreed to sponsor the end of year conference at Myrtle Beach.

In review of the 2015 year, the board has agreed to implement several committees. The new committees are as follows: Financial, Website, and Marketing. As our organization grows, committees will help develop consistency in these important areas. These committees will also help to ensure that the NC STMA is up to date, and help us better serve you in the future.

The Financial Committee will be chaired by Jimmy Simpson. Along with Jimmy, Karl Lewis of Revel Tractor and Derek Walsh of the Town of Garner will make up the committee. This committee will monitor all of our financials, while also making recommendations to the board on how to distribute funds in the best interests of our members.

The Website Committee will be chaired by Robbie Miller. Assisting Robbie with web content, Chris Toppings from ECU will also be involved. The website is now back up and running, so check it out to see the latest changes and to stay current with chapter happenings. Did you know that NC STMA has both a Twitter account and a Facebook page? Be sure to sign up and become a follower of both NC STMA social media platforms, plus post pictures of your facility. Both sites can be directly accessed from the www.ncsportsturf.org webpage. We are looking to add a couple of members to this committee to help with website development as well as our social media accounts. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call Chair Robbie Miller (robbie.miller@providenceday.org 704-589-1816).

The Marketing Committee will be chaired by Stephen Watson. The primary responsibility of this committee is to help advertise the NC STMA. Stephen is currently exploring a couple of options on how to best market the NC STMA, and again, we are looking for several members who may have interest in assisting Stephen. If you would like to volunteer, please email or call Chair Stephen Watson (shwatsonturfpro@gmail.com 252-939-3353).

The four events that we will be hosting for this year are:


March 29 Pineville
April 26 NC State University
May 25 Greensboro Grasshoppers
Sept 20 Duke Univers

These events will be followed by the NC/SC Conference in Myrtle Beach on November 14th-16th. Please mark your calendars and plan to attend these events. Be on the lookout for the registration and more info on the first event in Pineville.

From your elected board members there were lots of good ideas that will help keep our NC chapter going strong into the future. Our chapter is in its 8th year of existence, and our goal as a non-profit organization is dedicated to improving the safety and quality of North Carolina Athletic Fields. Get involved! This is your organization and we need your support going into the future. Help NC STMA grow by volunteering for a committee and attending the above events!

On behalf of the Board of Directors we look forward to seeing you at the events we have planned for 2015. If you have any questions or concerns about the NC STMA please contact one of your board members. Again, thank you all for your continual support of the NC-STMA because without our members, vendors, volunteers, and board none of this would be possible.


See you at a future event,
Scott Stevens
President, North Carolina STMA





CDC Health Advisory- Potential Exposure to Lead in Artificial Turf: Public Health Issues, Actions, and Recommendations
6/18/2008
As determined by NJDHSS, limited sampling of additional athletic fields in New Jersey and commercial products indicates that artificial turf made of nylon or nylon/polyethylene blend fibers contains levels of lead that pose a potential public health concern. Tests of artificial turf fields made with only polyethylene fibers showed that these fields contained very low levels of lead.

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