December 2012

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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Please fill out this form in its entirety ❑ Yes, please start/continue my SportsTurf ADVERTISERS' INDEX FREE subscription to SportsTurf Advertiser FOR FASTER SERVICE visit our website at or fax to 845-856-5822 Page # Agrium Advanced Technologies Web Address 11 ❑ No, thank you. American Sports Builders Association 33 Aquatrols 51 Barenbrug USA 52 Name: (please print) Beacon Athletics 21 Title: Beam Clay 48 Company: Covermaster 17 CoverSports USA 13 Eco Chemical 19 Ewing Irrigation 5 December 2012 - Expires May 2013 - RS1212 GRACO Inc. 2 1 What is your company's primary business? (check ONLY ONE) GreensGroomer Which version would you like to receive? ❑ Print ❑ Print/Digital Signature: (required) Date: Address: City: State: Phone: Zip: Fax: Email: (required) F ❑ Sports Complex T ❑ School, College or University G ❑ Athletic Field and/or Park Architect/Designer P ❑ Park H ❑ Other (please specify)_____________________________ 2 Which of the following best describes your title? (check ONLY ONE) A ❑ EXECUTIVE/ADMINISTRATOR — President, Owner, Partner, Director, General Manager, Chairman of the Board, Purchasing Agent, Athletic Director B ❑ MANAGER/SUPERINTENDENT — Superintendent, Landscape/Ground Maintenance Manager, Foreman, Supervisor C ❑ GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL — Government Commissioner, Agent, Other Government Official D ❑ SPECIALIST — Architect, Designer, Consultant, Agronomist, Horticulturist, Certified Specialist F ❑ COACH E ❑ Other (please specify)______________________________________ 3 Do you have the authority to buy, specify or recommend products and/or services for your business or organization? Y ❑ Yes Hydraway Drainage Systems 15 Kochek Company 48 Krylon Division of Sherwin-Williams 9 Redexim Charterhouse 3 SourceOne 44 SportsTurf Managers Association 29, 31 and 43 4 Yearly operating expenditures (excluding salaries) C ❑ $50,001 - $100,000 B ❑ $25,001 - $50,000 A ❑ $25,000 and under 5 Please also send a free subscription to the following people at the same location Name _____________________________________Title___________________________________ TifSport Growers Association 23 TurfTime Equipment , LLC N ❑ No F ❑ Over $1 million E ❑ $500,001 - $1 million D ❑ $100,001 - $500,000 26-27 48 Underhill Industries 21 Virginia Horticulture Association 25 World Class Athletic Surfaces 25 Name _____________________________________Title___________________________________ Continued from page 13 That's what slow- and controlled-release fertilizers do. When you feed grass steadily and constantly—as the roots need it—the fertilizer doesn't have a chance to get lost." By gradually delivering nitrogen and other nutrients to correspond to plants' uptake, slow- and controlled-release fertilizers can virtually eliminate nutrient loss. Steady feeding minimizes surge growth and reduces the number of fertilizer applications needed during a season. The advantages and benefits of EEFs are becoming an important part of the new legislative trends. As industry experts, scientists, stakeholders and policy makers look for ways to alleviate nitrogen runoff, EEFs are tested alternatives that can be a significant part of the solution. 49 SportsTurf | December 2012 BEST MANAGEMENT PRACTICES Fertilizer advocates and industry leaders have adopted the "4R Nutrient Stewardship," a science-based approach to best management practices. The 4R system calls for the Right Product to be applied at the Right Rate, Right Time and Right Place. When those criteria are met, plants should thrive and fertilizer should stay where it's intended to be. "Proper use of plant nutrients can actually improve water quality, while banning them could have the opposite effect," said Blaylock. "Properly fertilized plants are healthier, so they're better able to utilize the nutrients in the soil and protect the soil from degradation. Unhealthy plants have poor root systems and stimulate less biological activity in the soil. They don't use nutrients efficiently, which leads to greater probability of nutrient and soil loss." "People are accepting the idea of EEFs, and we continue to learn how to better use these tools," Blaylock said. "The advances in technology are amazing in terms of what we can do to control fertilizer release and minimize pollution," added Fox. "It's exciting to realize we have the knowledge and abilities to do this right." ■ Rob Stevenson is a writer for Canyon Communications, Mesa, AZ. Reprinted with permission from the Turfgrass Producers International's Turf News.

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