Sports turf professionals will have new education opportunities at GIE+EXPO 2016 (Green Industry & Equipment Expo). The Golf and Sports Turf Management Conference, hosted by the Kentucky Turfgrass Council, will take place Thursday and Friday, October 20-21 at the Kentucky Exposition Center during the annual tradeshow. GIE+EXPO draws more than 18,000 participants to see the latest innovations and attend first-rate education programs.

Thursday’s programs will offer golf sessions in the morning and sports turf sessions in the afternoon. A combined general session is set for Friday morning.gieexpo_logo

“Our 750 exhibits – indoors and out – include turf management equipment, lawn and garden products, light construction equipment and UTVs, so it’s a natural fit for golf course superintendents and sports turf professionals,” said Warren Sellers, show director. “With the addition of the conference, GIE+EXPO is their one-stop shop for new products and education.”

Sports Turf Sessions

Thursday, October 20

1:30-5 p.m.

The Principals of Sports Turf Management Planning and Drainage

Marcus Dean, Sports Turf Manager at University of Kentucky

Marcus Dean will discuss the processes for developing a useful maintenance plan that can be applied to either cool or warm grasses. He will cover weed and disease strategies, aerification, drainage and budgeting. While the focus will be on native soil fields, Marcus will also offer some of the major differences in fields constructed with native soils vs. a sand-based root zone.

Sports Turf Applications for Plant Growth Retardants and Weed Control Options

Dr. Wesley Totten, Chair Department of Agriculture, Geosciences, and Natural Resources, University of Tennessee at Martin

Dr. Wesley Totten will cover the history of usage in turf, including sports turf.  He will discuss the types and classifications of plant growth retardants, the current usage of plant growth regulators in sports turf situations and current weed control options, including timings and frequencies.

Sports Turf Panel: All Things Baseball – The Maintenance of Baseball/Softball Fields for Skinned and Turf Areas

Panelists:

Tom Nielsen, Head Groundskeeper, Louisville Bats 

Thomas TrotterHead Groundskeeper, Nashville Sounds 

Jake Tyler, Turf Manager, Toldeo Mud Hens

Each panel member will open with a brief discussion highlighting one maintenance task that all sports turf managers face. Topics will include repairing the mounds and home plate; fertility and repair of the turf areas; and grooming and maintenance of the skinned areas. After addressing questions on these topics, the panel will expand on other critical issues, such as turf areas, fertility, weed control, construction of mounds, skinned areas and warning track. They will also address qualities they look for in employees, budgeting and management of staff.

General Session

Friday, October 21

9-11 a.m.

World of Turf…Turf Managers Around the World Have Many Tools in Their Toolbox to Build their Agronomic Programs

Sam Green, Chief Operating Officer, Aqua Aid Incorporated

This session will provide a whirlwind tour from all areas of the world with examples of different approaches to the management of turf. From equipment and staffing to problem solving, Sam Green will discuss a multitude of diverse problems and issues and share the unique and creative solutions used to solve them.

Groundskeeping Abroad and Making Events Work on Fields at All Levels

Luke Yoder, National Sports Field Specialist for Ewing

Luke Yoder will discuss his experiences working on professional fields in Korea, Sweden and the Dominican Republic.  These experiences include new field construction, field renovation and teaching best maintenance practices working with what they have. The discussion will also include tips and methods for hosting up to 100 events per year while still maintaining a field up to MLB standards for 81 home games.

Pre-registration is required for the Golf and Sports Turf Management sessions. The fee for each Thursday session is $99. Friday’s session is $89. Registration for GIE+EXPO is $15 by September 8; $30 September 9 – October 16 and $60 thereafter. For information or to register:www.gie-expo.com. Other contact points: Facebookinfo@GIE-EXPO.com,Twitter @GIE_EXPO and 800-558-8767/812-949-9200.