Schedule

7:00 a.m.
Registration, Coffee & Donuts & Networking

8:00 a.m.
Welcoming Remarks

8:15 a.m. – 12:00 N
Participate in four learning/demo stations. See details at right.

12:00 N
BBQ Luncheon & More Networking

1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Turf Topic w/Pesticide CEU or Campus Tour. See details at right.

2:00 p.m.
Spring Turf Day Closes

THANK YOU!

GOLD Sponsors:

 SILVER Sponsors:

Harrell's

Read Custom Soils

(partial list)

Registration Fees

Sign up early and save!

Before June 5 

NESTMA Members $55.00

Non-Members $75.00

After June 5  

NESTMA Members $65.00                

Non-Members $85.00

REGISTER TODAY

NEPA Members are invited to attend at the NESTMA member rate. Please contact the NESTMA office for details.

VENDORS:

Agresource
Atlantic Irrigation
Boston Co Golf & Athletic Fields
Harrell's (SILVER)
Helena Agriculture
MTE - Turf Equipment Solutions (GOLD)
New England Specialty Soils
Northern Playground
Perkins Power Equipment
Pioneer Athletics
Read Custom Soils (SILVER)
Tom Irwin Inc (GOLD)
Tuckahoe Turf Farms
Turf Products Corp (GOLD)

Spring Turf Day Committee

Mark Casey
MTE Turf Equipment Solutions

Mark DeWolf
Brewster Academy

Ed Downing
Read Custom Soils/A.D. Makepeace 

Matt McDonnell
The Governor’s Academy

Local Hotels & Inns

Fairfield Inn 
Amesbury, MA
(978) 388-3400

Hampton Inn 
Amesbury, MA
(978) 834-5080

Garrison Inn 
Newburyport, MA
(978) 499-8500

Compass Rose
Newburyport, MA
(978) 423-5914

Directions & Parking

Directions from the North

Take Interstate 95 South to Exit 55, Central Street, Byfield. From the ramp, turn left and follow the directions below.

Directions from the South

Take Interstate 95 North to Exit 55, Central Street, Byfield. From the ramp, turn right onto a winding country road. Stay on Central Street and cross a small bridge. Central Street becomes School Street, which you will follow to the end. Turn left onto Elm Street and travel one mile before turning left onto the campus at The Governor’s Academy sign.

Registration will be held at the Whiston-Bragdon Hockey Arena.  Please plan to park in that lot.

Please Note: Some issues exist when entering address into the iPhone’s Maps app.  If you are using the Apple Maps app, please be sure to enter the address as “Old Elm Street, Byfield, MA”.

NESTMA's Spring Turf Day
will be held rain or shine.

Questions?
NESTMAinfo@gmail.com
(508) 653-1241

Seminars • Demos • Networking


June 20, 2018 • 7:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
The Governor’s Academy
One Elm Street, Byfield, MA

NESTMA’s Spring Turf Day has been recognized for years as one of the industry’s leading learning opportunities. With relevant education on a variety of topics and hands-on demonstrations of solution-based equipment, you are sure to come away with a fresh arsenal of best practices, great ideas, and new connections to keep your facilities running smoothly and profitably.

Morning Sessions 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 n

Attendees rotate between four learning/demonstration stations:

Preventative Maintenance of Field Mowing Equipment For Top Notch Performance

The proper care and maintenance of field mowing equipment is vital for maximum performance throughout the season. Take away practical tips for preventative maintenance like the use of correct fluids, the proper way to sharpen rotary mower blades, battery as well as radiator maintenance, and more.

CEU: .1 CSFM Recertification Credit

John Dumar, Commercial Service Director
MTE Turf Equipment Solutions Inc., West Henrietta N.Y.


Performance Quality Standards: How It Can Help You

Understanding how an athletic field performs is crucial to helping you identify opportunities to improve its playability and safety.  This practical demonstration of Performance Quality Standards (PQS) – an evaluation system for determining the level of quality in sports fields – will help you devise maintenance programs, develop budgets, and communicate the value of your grounds management operation. Understanding how an athletic field performs is crucial to helping you identify opportunities to improve its playability and safety.  This practical demonstration of Performance Quality Standards (PQS) – an evaluation system for determining the level of quality in sports fields – will help you devise maintenance programs, develop budgets, and communicate the value of your grounds management operation. 

CEU: .1 CSFM Recertification Credit

Ian Lacy
Lead Project Advisor
Tom Irwin Advisors, Burlington, MA

                       

Removing Irritation from Irrigation

We’ve all heard the saying “it’s not irrigation, it’s irritation!”. Let’s take the frustration out of irrigation management with proven strategies for inventory and classifying issues that help you develop a plan to make your systems more reliable, uniform and predictable.  We’ll share tricks for making repairs less of a headache and show you how to improve the longevity of your irrigation systems.

CEU: .1 CSFM Recertification Credit

Kyle McNerney, LEED AP, CID, CLWM, Founder & Owner
Smart Water Management, Hopkinton, MA



Solutions Central: Hands-On Equipment Demonstrations

Efficiencies are top of mind for everyone in today’s sports turf management industry. Visit with key industry suppliers to learn about the latest technology, solutions, and equipment designed to improve productivity, boost your bottom line, and produce quality results.

Afternoon Sessions 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Attendees choose from two learning opportunities:

Turfgrass Selection to Enhance Turf Health & Your Pest Management Program

Whether you want a low input field or one that is managed without restrictions, the correct turfgrass selection can go a long way in reducing weed, insect and disease populations. We’ll discuss the cultivars or varieties best suited for your situations, including pest tolerance, recuperative potential, color, and more. Review how to select species to minimize pest problems, as well as common and problematic turf weeds. Your attention to correct turfgrass selection is part of a sound cultural management program that also can reduce weed, insect and disease incidence. Learn about the important turfgrass species, new cultivars, and selection trends that can influence the success, health, and safety of playing fields.

CEUs: Approved for 1 Pesticide Recertification Credit (categories 32, 37, (Core)) & .1 CSFM credit

Brad Park
Research and Outreach Agronomist 
Department of Plant Biology and Pathology
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey


Governor’s Academy Campus Tour
Join Matt McDonnell, Supervisor of Buildings & Grounds, for an “insiders’ look” at what it takes to manage sports fields at the oldest, continuously operating boarding school in the United States. Governor’s Academy athletic facilities rival those of many small colleges and universities and are utilized by more than 50 interscholastic teams.

Our Hosts

The Governor’s Academy is the oldest continuously operating boarding school in America. Founded by bequest of Governor William Dummer in 1763, the Academy opened its doors more than a decade before our nation was born. The Academy sits on a beautiful 450-acre campus, once part of a working farm with crops of rye, fruit trees, and grazing sheep.

More than 400 students from 23 states and 18 countries create a vibrant, fascinating global community at The Governor’s. The athletics facilities rival those at many small colleges and universities. Venues include Whiston-Bragdon Hockey Arena, Pescosolido Field House, Alumni Gymnasium, Sager Bowl, Morse Field, Alfond Class of '67 Field (artificial turf), Navins Field, Whipple Field, Robert E. Anderson Lower Fields, Huggins Track, Barbara F. Porter Field, Alfond Fitness Center, and tennis courts utilized by more than 50 interscholastic teams from varsity to thirds. Governor's holds a strong record in the Independent School League (ISL), arguably one of the most competitive prep leagues in the nation. 


Note: Formerly the NEPA/NESTMA Spring Workshop, this educational event is now being 
produced solely by NESTMA for the benefit of the region's sports turf profession.


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