Upcoming events

    • Tuesday, June 01, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Tuesday, August 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • On-Demand via ZOOM

    Summers are Made for Re-Runs

    Over the course of past year, NESTMA offered many informative webinars for members to watch on- demand. With permission from several presenters, we are making them available again this summer. Whether you missed a few or want to re-watch them with your team, sign up is easy at NESTMA.org. The full series is available June 1 – August 31. Just $49 for members and $69 for non-members provides access to all these webinars:

    Improving Water Use Efficiency with Wetting Agents
    Stan Kostka, Ph.D & Mike Findanza, Ph.D., Penn State

    This is the perfect time of year to learn why wetting agents (soil surfactants) are invaluable tools in modifying how soils and water interact. Originally used to mitigate localized dry spot problems in turf, new research offers insight into soil water repellency including when it develops; how it may impact infiltration; and low and rootzone water reserves.

    This research has increased our understanding of how these compounds influence not only water use efficiency, but rootzone nitrogen retention and plant uptake, as well as broader aspects of the interactions happening in the rhizosphere. Recent case studies will demonstrate strategies SFMs can employ to exploit wetting agents beyond traditional uses.

    A Year in the Life of a Synthetic Turf Field
    Arthur Eddy, RePlay Maintenance

    Arthur Eddy is one of our industry’s leading expert in synthetic sport field design, installation and maintenance. Drawing on many years of experience, Art will share practical, seasonal maintenance techniques to help ensure that the synthetic surfaces you manage are safe, durable and performing at intended levels. From grooming, disinfecting, and repairs, you’ll learn about the “Green Mystery” and take away best practices to give your synthetic fields the best chance of a full lifespan.

    Prepping Fields for Winter
    Michelle DaCosta, Ph.D, University of Massachusetts

    Winter injury can be a significant issue in northern climates, resulting in declines in playability and turf quality as well as costly reestablishment. Topics for discussion will include the major causes for winter injury in grasses used for sports turf, physiological mechanisms important for turfgrass overwintering and freezing tolerance, as well as the effects of various pest and disease management practices on improving turfgrass growth and winter conditioning.

    How Hybrid Grass Stitching Technology Can Extend the Life of Sports Fields
    George Mullan, SIS Pitches & Robert Heggie, BMO Field & Training Grounds

    The U.S. is making progress when it comes to adopting hybrid grass sports fields. George Mullan, a world-renowned expert on hybrid grass surfaces, will provide the latest information on this cutting-edge technology including history of the hybrid surface; its advantages and disadvantages; research results; as well as maintenance and renovation strategies. He’ll be joined by Robert Heggie, Director of Grounds at BMO Field and Training Grounds - home of the Toronto FC (soccer) and Toronto Argonauts (football) - and an industry innovator with real-life experience in using hybrid grass technology at his facilities. Today, many athletes are looking to change from synthetic back to natural grass fields. This webinar will highlight the ways that hybrid grass stitching can help you provide a more robust, all-weather surface while retaining the tradition of playing on natural grass.

    Managing Early Season Turf Pests & Diseases
    Pam Sherratt, The Ohio State University

    One of the most important components of a strong sports turf IPM program is the ability to accurately predict and diagnose problems. Turf problems are caused by biotic stresses like pests, diseases and weeds – or by abiotic stresses such as poor soil, adverse weather or human error. With early detection this spring, turf managers can plan ahead and make better-informed choices. Review the most common sports turf problems in the Northeast, and consider solutions based on science, economics, social acceptance and environmental stewardship.

    NOTE: NESTMA webinar re-runs are for reference and educational purposes only. CEU credit is not available.

    • Thursday, June 10, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • Saturday, July 31, 2021
    • (EDT)
    • On-Demand Webinar via Zoom

    Modern Water Management: Do More with Planning

    Kyle McNerney, Founder
    Smart Water Management
    a subsidiary of Corbett Irrigation
    Hopkinton, MA

    Drought concerns, water use restrictions, sustainability initiatives and field safety have placed a heightened focus on water management.  Water management used to mean conservation or “doing more with less.”  This webinar will focus on doing more with impactful planning to help you realize what to look for before your irrigation becomes a mess and leaves you falling short of your goals.  Learn how to take inventory of your systems and grade them so you know where to prioritize your time, when to call an expert, and when to start from scratch.  Along the way we’ll talk about the tools to help make adjusting to weather, predictable seasonal factors, and specific characteristics of athletic fields easier. Discover what’s available to you, what features work best in what settings, and how to plan ahead to avoid unexpected costs.

    Kyle McNerney is the founder and CEO of Smart Water Management - a subsidiary of Corbett, Inc.- based in Hopkinton, MA. He is past president of the Irrigation Association of New England, is an EPA WaterSense Partner, and a member of the U.S. Green Building Council. Kyle is certified in LEED AP O&M, in addition to having earned Irrigation Association certifications. In 2019, he was named NESTMA’s Commercial Partner of the Year. Kyle is passionate about controlling irrigation, so it complements landscapes and the people managing them. 



    • Wednesday, October 13, 2021
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM (EDT)
    • DeFazio Sports Complex, 380 Dedham Ave, Needham, MA

    A Tale of Two Fields: Selection, Installation, Management and Replacement of Synthetic Turf

    From site selection and design to installation and care, sport turf professionals are responsible for every aspect of synthetic turf management. We’ll look at two athletic fields in Needham, MA – DeFazio and Memorial – that were resurfaced over the course of a couple of recent summer months. Learn what worked and what didn’t. Take away lessons learned from experienced SFMs. See best-in-class demos of grooming and maintenance practices. If you work with synthetic turf, you do not want to miss this workshop – jam-packed with expert advice and practical solutions.

    Edward Olsen, Superintendent
    Parks & Forestry Division, Needham, MA

    Bradlee Mezquita, PE, LEED AP, Vice President
    Tighe & Bond, Inc., Portsmouth, NH

    Robert Delmonico, President & Co-owner
    R.A.D. Sports, Rockland, MA

    NESTMA's Fall Turf Day includes coffee, fruit & muffins & sandwiches

    Sponsorship Opportunity

    The region’s leading sports turf managers are invited to attend NESTMA’s Fall Turf Day. Sponsorship is a cost-effective way to widen your customer circle, showcase your newest offerings, and develop relationships that lead to sales – all while demonstrating your company’s support for New England’s sports turf industry.

    • Meet face-to-face with key decision makers from across New England.
    • Build brand awareness & generate leads.
    • Underscore your company’s support of our region’s sports turf industry.

    There’s no better way to meet and do business with sports turf professionals in New England today.

    Sign up now and start benefiting from advance promotional opportunities!

    Charissa Sharkey, Sponsor Liaison
    (508) 653-1241

Past events

Thursday, March 18, 2021 WEBINAR - How Hybrid Grass Stitching Technology Can Extend the Life of Sports Fields
Wednesday, February 17, 2021 NNEC-ERAPPA WEBINAR
Wednesday, February 10, 2021 WEBINAR - Managing Early Season Turf Pests & Diseases
Wednesday, January 13, 2021 WEBINAR - A Year in the Life of a Synthetic Turf Field
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 NESTMA Member Meet Up & Annual Meeting
Thursday, December 10, 2020 WEBINAR - Understanding Biofungicides for Turfgrass Disease Management
Tuesday, November 17, 2020 WEBINAR - Prepping Fields to Reduce Winter Injury
Tuesday, October 20, 2020 WEBINAR - Know Your Audience: Strategies for Discussing Pest Management
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 WEBINAR - Effective IPM Starts with Smart Turfgrass Selection
Tuesday, September 08, 2020 NESTMA Webinars - 4 for the price of 3
Tuesday, June 23, 2020 NESTMA Member Meetup via Zoom - June
Thursday, May 21, 2020 Wetting Agents for Improving Water Use Efficiency
Wednesday, May 06, 2020 NESTMA Member Meetup via Zoom
Wednesday, March 11, 2020 Workforce Solutions for New England’s Golf and Sports Turf Industry
Wednesday, March 04, 2020 NESTMA Members' Meeting & Awards Lunch
Tuesday, February 04, 2020 NESTMA February Dinner Meeting
Tuesday, December 03, 2019 NESTMA Winter Dinner meeting
Thursday, October 03, 2019 MALCP/NESTMA Golf Tournament
Thursday, September 05, 2019 NHRPA/NESTMA Maintenance Workshop
Wednesday, July 31, 2019 Summer Field & Turf Education Day
Wednesday, June 26, 2019 Turf Techniques Workshop
Thursday, June 06, 2019 VRPA/NESTMA Vermont Maintenance Workshop
Wednesday, March 06, 2019 NESTMA Annual Meeting & Lunch
Tuesday, March 05, 2019 New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation Conference & Show
Tuesday, January 22, 2019 STMA Conference & Expo
Wednesday, October 10, 2018 Fall Workshop Registration
Thursday, October 04, 2018 MALCP/NESTMA Golf Classic
Wednesday, August 08, 2018 Summer Field Day
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 Spring Turf Day
Monday, March 05, 2018 New England Regional Turfgrass Conference
Tuesday, January 16, 2018 STMA Annual Conference
Thursday, October 05, 2017 2017 MALCP/NESTMA Golf Classic
Wednesday, October 04, 2017 Fall Workshop
Thursday, August 10, 2017 UConn Field Day
Thursday, August 03, 2017 Summer Field Day
Wednesday, June 21, 2017 NEPA/NESTMA Spring Workshop
Wednesday, May 31, 2017 VT/NH Spring Maintenance Workshop

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