February 2017

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FACILITY & OPERATIONS 28 SportsTurf | February 2017 STEVE COCKERHAM: BUILDING ON EXPERIENCE TO CRAFT THE FUTURE ■ BY SUZ TRUSTY Editor's note: This article originally appeared in an issue of Turfgrass Producers International's Turf News. It's a profi le of Steve Cockerham, Superintendent of the Department of Agricultural Operations, University of California in Riverside. Our thanks to TPI for allowing us to reprint it here. S tephen T. Cockerham served as American Sod Producers Association President from 1981 to 1982. He was owner of Rancho Verde Turf Farms in Perris, CA, at that time. But his involvement with sod producers began much earlier. It was 1969 when Tobias Grether, owner of rapidly growing Cal-Turf in Camarillo, CA, hired Steve to put together a research department for the company that would focus on new techniques and new cultural practices in sod production. Steve Cockerham views the turf at the agricultural experiment station of the University of California, Riverside. PHOTO COURTESY OF UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA, RIVERSIDE Steve Cockerham in 1974 displays the netted sod in one of the first production fields. PHOTO COURTESY OF TPI ARCHIVES

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