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Wednesday, December 7


Natural Grass Fields-From Construction to Performance & Perception

Natural grass fields have historically been perceived as poor performers since the influx of synthetic fields.  It’s not that natural grass fields are bad, perform poorly or are unsafe.  Some may say that they were never really given a fair chance due to construction and maintenance constraints.  This session will discuss why natural grass fields are viewed as they are.  We will examine the perceptions and benefits of a playing surface that can be playable and  safe in a public culture wanting everything natural.

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Brad Fresenburg

Assistant Extension Professor in Turfgrass Sciences, University of Missouri
Dr. Brad Fresenburg is an Assistant Extension Professor in Turfgrass Sciences at the University of Missouri. He specializes in Sports Turf Management, helps to coordinate the Pesticide Applicator Program and teaches Introductory Turfgrass Management. Brad has been with the University for 27 years.

Mike Munie

Mike has been involved in the construction and Green industries for over 30 | years, including 23 as the owner of MJM Services/Perfect Play Fields and Links | related to athletic field and golf course construction, renovation, and | maintenance. Prior to starting Perfect Play, Mike gained additional construction | expertise working in an engineering firm. His business has completed numerous | golf design and construction projects working with... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 8:00am - 9:00am
Sports Fields (Jr. Ballroom B)


Biostimulants: How Do I Know Something Works
What is a biostimulant.  What type of research should I ask for to determine if they work?

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Dr. Nick Christians

University Professor, Iowa State University
Been making presentations for over 30 years.

Wednesday December 7, 2016 9:00am - 10:00am
Sports Fields (Jr. Ballroom B)


Poa Annua Control in Sports Fields
History of Poa annua and current information on control.

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Dr. Nick Christians

University Professor, Iowa State University
Been making presentations for over 30 years.

Wednesday December 7, 2016 11:00am - 12:00pm
Sports Fields (Jr. Ballroom B)


Outside the Box: Sports Turf in Kentucky
This presentation will cover various sports turf research projects being conducted at the University of Kentucky, from the mundane to the far-out.

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Gregg Munshaw

Extension Specialist, University of Kentucky
Dr. Gregg Munshaw has been in the green industry for over 20 years. He currently serves as the turf extension specialist for the state of Kentucky.

Wednesday December 7, 2016 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Sports Fields (Jr. Ballroom B)


Managing Fields for Major Events

Round table/ panel discussion from industry experts on what it take to manage a facility for a major event.  Whether it’s the SEC Softball Tournament, the College World Series regionals, the World Series, International soccer, concerts and everything in between these guys have seen it and are here to help guide you through what it takes to come out on the other side.


Josh McPherson

Director of Sports Turf and Horticulture, Mizzou Athletics
Josh McPherson, CSFM is the Director of Sports Turf and Horticulture for Mizzou Athletics.  Mr. McPherson received his B.S. from Michigan State and attended graduate school at Virginia Tech.  He has previously been the Sports Turf Manager at George Mason University and Washington DC Parks and Recreation.  He is a two time STMA Field of the Year winner and a Toro Watson Graduate School Scholarship... Read More →

Justin Scott

Assistant Head Groundskeeper, St. Louis Cardinals
Justin Scott is the Assistant Head Groundskeeper for the St. Louis Cardinals. In his role, he manages all aspects of the daily field maintenance of the Busch Stadium playing surface. | Prior to joining the Cardinals following the 2013 season, Scott served as the Director of Grounds for the Milwaukee Brewers from 2012-2013 and Manager of Groundskeeping for the Kansas City Royals from 2007-2011. | | A St. Louis native, Scott earned his B.S. in... Read More →

Wednesday December 7, 2016 2:30pm - 3:30pm
Sports Fields (Jr. Ballroom B)