Another year is coming to a close. 2009 presented many obstacles—a struggling economy, controversy over the safety of synthetic turf, drastic budget cuts—and I hope that your expertise and dedication to the success of the industry helped you to navigate through the challenges you faced. I’m optimistic about 2010, and excited to see what changes it will bring. I hope, and believe, that the worst is behind us and that the new year will be a successful and prosperous one.

The staff of SportsField Management has been very busy planning our editorial content for 2010. Our mission has always been to help you do your job better, faster and safer, and I hope that some of the new content we’ll be offering will do just that. For starters, each issue in 2010 will feature an article on disease and pest control on athletic fields. Topics will range from weed control on a budget to root-damaging insects, and will help you solve some of your most frustrating turf issues. Next year we’ll also be including more stories on the business of sports field management, such as hiring the right employees, planning your budget and educational opportunities. We’ll continue to focus on industry innovations, and will be the first to introduce you to the latest products and techniques for mowing, indoor stadium care, irrigation, chemical applications and much, much more. Of course, we’ll continue to offer a special Product Focus in every issue, so whether you’re looking for a new infield groomer, spreader, sprayer or effective pest control product, you’ll be able to see every option available from industry suppliers.

I hope that SportsField Management will be your go-to source for problem solving and industry info, and if there’s anything you’d like to see in a future issue, please let me know. If you haven’t yet, make sure to register on, our free online forum where you can trade stories and offer help to sports field managers across the country.

Cheers to the new year, let’s make it a great one!

Katie Meyers