December 2015

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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4 SportsTurf | December 2015 December 2015 | Volume 31 | Number 12 FEATURES Facilities & Operations 8 Fouty delivers off-the-field value to Michigan State 12 Examples of turf managers' contributing to overall success of their employers 14 Turning your product idea into reality 18 Anatomy of an STMA Chapter Field Day 22 Landscape turf battle: natural vs. synthetic 32 Tennis courts and synthetic turf: Is the grass always greener? Field Science 26 Molecular and biochemical pathways of foliar iron in sports turf The SportsTurf Interview 30 The SportsTurf Interview: Steve Wightman Tools & Equipment 36 Using light energy to protect covered turf 37 New indoor flooring option available Field of the Year 40 Sporting Grounds: Championship Field, Pleasant View Sports Complex, Boulder, CO DEPARTMENTS 6 From the Sidelines 7 STMA President's Message 25 John Mascaro's Photo Quiz 44 STMA in Action 47 STMA Chapter Contacts 48 Marketplace 49 Advertisers' Index 50 Q&A Amy Fouty, CSFM, Michigan State University's sports turf manager, poses with head football coach Mark Dantonio on the Spartan Stadium field. Fouty is part of a trusted team in East Lansing and contributes more than just great fields to the university's athletic program. STARTING LINEUP On the cover:

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