7:30 a.m.
Registration, Continental Breakfast & Networking

8:15 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

8:45 a.m.                                    
Sports Turf Research: Focusing on Athlete Performance & Safety– John Sorochan, Ph.D., University of Tennessee

10:00 a.m.                                   
Coffee Break

10:45 a.m.                                    
Regulatory Issues Facing Sports Turf Professionals– Bob Mann, National Association of Landscape  Professionals

11:45 a.m.                                    
Networking Lunch

12:30 p.m.                                   
Sustainable Phosphorus Management for Sports Turf 
John Kelly, Redox Chemicals               

1:30 p.m.                                   
Phosphorus Management, Wetting Agent & Fraze Mowing: Trials
Roth Schmigdall, Wellesley College
Greg Bennett, Precision Labs
John Kelly, Redox Chemicals
Ian Lacey, Tom Irwin Advisors
Mike Parks, Hillcrest Turf Services

3:00 p.m. 
Historical Landscape & Buildings at Wellesley College: Campus Tour (optional)

Registration Fees

Sign up early and save!

Before July 31 

NESTMA Members $55.00

Non-Members $75.00

After July 31  

NESTMA Members $65.00                

Non-Members $85.00


Summer Field Day Committee

Ben Polimer
Town of Weston

Nate Miller
New England Specialty Soils

Roth Schmidgall
Wellesley College

Local Hotels

Courtyard by Marriott
340 Speen Street • Natick, MA
(508) 655-6500

Hampton Inn
319 Speen Street • Natick, MA
(508) 653-5000

NESTMA's Summer Field Day
will be held rain or shine.

(508) 653-1241

Where New England’s Sports Turf Professionals Get Business Done!

August 8, 2018 • 7:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Wellesley College 
Wang Campus Center, Wellesley, MA

NESTMA’s Summer Field Day has long been recognized as one of the profession’s leading learning opportunities.  This is where industry thought-leaders, researchers, and trend-setting suppliers address the unique opportunities and challenges of managing sports turf in New England. You will take away powerful new connections, sure-fire solutions, and a fresh perspective on best practices and proven strategies for success.


8:45 a.m. - 10:15 a.m.

Sports Turf Research: Focusing on Athlete Performance and Safety

John Sorochan, Ph.D., Distinguished Professor
Turfgrass Science Director
Center for Athletic Field Safety
University of Tennessee 
Knoxville, Tennessee

As one of the industry’s foremost experts on sports turf performance and safety, Dr. Sorochan will share the latest research discoveries for athletic field maintenance including the importance of sports turf management with data related to athlete injuries, research focusing on athlete to surface interactions, as well as natural and synthetic turf – what you need to know.

10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m.

Regulatory Issues Facing Sports Turf Professionals

Bob Mann, Director of State & Government Relations
National Association of Landscape Professionals
Fairfax, Virginia

There’s an old saying, “You may not be interested in politics, but politics is interested in you.” From nutrient management to protecting pollinators and state pesticide preemption to new pesticide regulations, there’s a lot of public policy affecting the way you do business. Bob Mann will discuss the current situation and emerging trends in both legislation and regulation in New England and beyond.

12:30 p.m.-  1:20 p.m.

Sustainable Phosphorus Management Program for Sports Turf (Pesticide Credit)

John Kelly, CCA, SSp
Corporate Agronomist
Redox Chemicals, LLC
Burley, Idaho

Wellesley College’s field trials offer a clear demonstration of a sustainable phosphorus management program.  John Kelly will provide the science behind the project including how to promote the timely release of reserve soil phosphorus through increased biological activity, ways to assure key phosphorous plant metabolic activity with non-P based inputs and reserve soil phosphorus, and proven techniques to monitor and measure phosphorus dynamics.  

1:20 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Integrating Sustainable Practices in Sports Turf at Wellesley College

Roth Schmigdall, Assistant Head of Grounds & Athletic Fields
Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Phosphorus Management, Wetting Agent & Fraze Mowing: Field Trials

As Assistant Head of Grounds & Athletic Fields at Wellesley College, Roth Schmigdall has been exploring the pros and cons of various sustainable turfgrass applications in athletic fields. Roth, along with his industry partners Redox Chemicals, Precision Labs, Hillcrest Turf Services, and Tom Irwin Advisors will provide a first-hand look at what's working, what isn’t, and what they’ve learned through their extensive field trials.

3:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Historical Landscape & Buildings at Wellesley College: Campus Tour (optional)

Our Hosts

Wellesley College is one of the most beautiful campuses in North America. Wellesley's 500 acres include a private lake, a golf club, groves of conifers and hardwoods, and winding paths through open meadows. Stunning brick and stone buildings rise from wooded hills. From almost every window on campus, the view opens out to an inviting vista—through pine trees to the shores of Lake Waban, down sweeping lawns to century-old oaks with magnificent gnarled branches.

The Keohane Sports Center is the focal point for recreation and fitness at Wellesley College. It is home to 13 varsity athletics teams, a diverse physical education curriculum, and a wide variety of recreational, intramural, and wellness activities for the entire College community. In 2002, Wellesley College opened four new athletic fields and a track. The complex includes a turf field for lacrosse and field hockey, an eight-lane track, grass soccer field, softball venue, and two recreation fields for PE classes and club activities.


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