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STMA to host webinar series on turf safety, natural grass field maintenance

October 16, 2014  - By

Screen Shot 2014-10-16 at 4.46.11 PMThe Sports Turf Managers Association (STMA) is hosting a five-part educational webinar series focusing on maintenance of natural grass sports fields and the challenges turf managers face to produce safe and playable surfaces.

Dr. Brad Fresenburg, turfgrass professor at the University of Missouri, presented the first lecture, titled “Maintaining Athletic Fields on a Limited Budget” on Oct. 16.

His presentation focused on budgetary limitations to providing proper care and maintenance of athletic fields. He discussed how to apply essential cultural practices as well as how athletic directors, coaches and sports turf managers can collaborate to produce a healthy sports surface that meets and exceeds expectations.

“There is a priority when maintaining sports fields at any level to create a safe, playable environment for all athletes,” says Fresenburg, winner of the 2014 STMA Founder’s Award. “Although there is no universal budgetary formula, some level of success can be achieved at most facilities.”

The next webinar in the series will cover “How Mowing Affects Turfgrass,” Presented by Dr. Doug Linde at 2 p.m. EDT on Nov. 5, 2014.

To view previous webinars you may have missed, or to sign up for future events, click here.

Additional presenters for the webinar series include Brad Jakubowski, biology professor at Doane College to speak on fertility concerns; Dr. Alec Kowalewski, horticulture professor at Oregon State University to cover irrigation; and Jeff Fowler, the District Director for Penn State University’s cooperative extension and STMA board member will review quick renovation tips.


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Harms is the Digital Media Content Producer for North Coast Media. She completed her undergraduate degree at Ohio University, earning a Bachelor of Science in Journalism and Creative Writing Specialization from the E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Harms specifically creates content for NCM’s Golfdom, GPS World, Geospatial Solutions and Athletic Turf digital properties including eNewsletters, social media and websites. She can be reached at

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