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
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
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
Redox Chemicals, LLC
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
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)