STMA 25th Conference & Exhibition Show Guide

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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In Memoriam In Memoriam STMA and the industry lost several long-time members and significant industry pioneers since the 2013 conference. We recognize that their leadership has greatly contributed to the success of STMA, the sports turf management profession and the turfgrass industry overall. These key leaders were: Dr. Joseph Duich, a long time Penn State Agronomy Dept. faculty member, best known for breeding several ground-breaking turfgrass cultivars, including Pennfine perennial ryegrass, and Penncross, Penneagle, Pennlinks and the Penn A and G series of creeping bentgrasses, passed away Oct. 11, 2013. Dr. A.J. Powell, Jr., a professor and Research and Extension Specialist in Turfgrass for 30 years at the University of Kentucky, passed away Oct. 30, 2013. He wrote for numerous publications, including STMA's SportsTurf, and was a nationally recognized speaker, also speaking at STMA conferences. He was a great friend to sports turf managers and was known for developing the concept of N fertilization of cool season grass in winter, released the Quickstand bermudagrass cultivar, developed chemical programs for control of wild violets and other weed species in lawns, and worked extensively fine tuning the reduction of perennial Poa in bentgrass greens and fairways using PGR's. Dr. James Watson joined The Toro Company in 1952 as director of agronomy, where he pioneered important turf and water management research around the globe until his retirement from Toro in 1998. He was the catalyst for the development of The SAFE Foundation, STMA's charity, and has two scholarships named after him. He passed away Oct. 1, 2013. Charles G. Wilson, founding agronomist of the USGA Green Sections Turf Advisory service, and head agronomist, sales manager and director of Milorganite fertilizer, passed away Sept. 23, 2013, at the age of 93.

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