Former MLB field manager to speak at UT Field Day

May 26, 2016

UTturf&fielddayThe 2016 University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day will feature a presentation by former Major League Baseball field manager, Luke Yoder.

The event will be held Sept. 8 at the Little Course in Franklin, Tenn. More than 500 green industry professionals from throughout the southeastern United States are expected to attend.

Yoder’s resume includes working with the San Diego Padres’ organization and the Pittsburgh Pirates. He currently represents Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply as its national sports field specialist.

Sessions at the field day will focus on optimal strategies for managing infestations of turfgrass weeds and diseases, cultivar evaluations and athletic field turf and ornamental plant materials.

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Luke Yoder, director of field operations for the San Diego Padres, started out in the minor leagues and worked his way to the majors.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide attendees as many as four pesticide re-certification credits in categories C1, C3, C6, C10 and C12. Pesticide re-certification will be available for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi attendees as well. Continuing education credits will be provided for members of the Golf Course Superintendents of America and International Society of Arboriculture, as well as Certified Crop Advisors. Similar to previous years, a mobile application has also been developed to enhance attendees’ field day experiences. This application will be available via iTunes and Google Play later this summer.

Pre-registration for the 2016 Turf & Ornamental Field Day will be open in July and run until August 25. All attendees are encouraged to pre-register to take advantage of reduced registration costs.

More information on pre-registration and other event details can be found by visiting the website www.tnturfgrassweeds.org. Individuals are also encouraged to follow the event on social media platforms using the hashtag #UTTurfFD16.

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