March 2017

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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FIELD OF THE YEAR March 2017 | SportsTurf 41 Sod Solutions serves two FOY winners Highlighted in this year's STMA Field of the Year winners are three Sod Solutions' turfgrass varieties: Latitude 36, RPR and HGT. For the second time, Kevin White, athletic field manager of Merlo Field at University of Portland has received the honor for his soccer field that features HGT and RPR. "We incorporated HGT and RPR into a comprehensive seeding program designed to improve our wear tolerance, recovery and decrease pesticide dependency." said White. "HGT and RPR are helping us achieve those goals while delivering safe, high quality fields to our students." "I'm overly pleased with the performance of Latitude 36," said 2016 winner Anthony DeFeo, CSFM, head groundskeeper for the Tennessee Smokies. "Its cold tolerance has helped us get through some harsh Tennessee winters and it is easy to manage in the summer months," DeFeo said. A panel of 11 judges independently scores Field of the Year entries based on playability, appearance, utilization of innovative solutions, effective use of budget and implementation of a comprehensive agronomic program. Latitude 36 was developed by the turfgrass-breeding program at Oklahoma State University and is a top rated NTEP bermudagrass. With resistance to spring dead spot, Latitude 36 is one of the most cold hardy bermudagrasses on the market. HGT, Healthy Grass Technologies, is an improved seeded bluegrass that stands up to its name by demonstrating unmatched toughness and disease resistance. HGT was developed in harsh climate conditions to specifically withstand diseases, pests and traffic. The Field of the Year Awards program is made possible by the support of sponsors Barenbrug USA, Carolina Green Corp., Ewing, Hunter Industries, and World Class Athletic Services.

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