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Athletic Field Maintenance Forum

The Toro Company, Beacon Athletics and Diamond Pro will again join forces to present the Athletic Field Maintenance Forums. New for this series, the Sports Turf Managers Association will grant .6 continuing education units in Continuing Education Points.

The sessions combine hands-on and classroom instruction with proven techniques and skills to enhance field maintenance knowledge. The forums will cover game day preparation, aerification/ mowing, irrigation, infield soils/topdressing, mound and home plate management and managing infields. The next session is scheduled for September 17 in Rock Hill, S.C. Register online at http://www.beaconathletics.com/seminars-AFM2008-registration.php.

Aqua Engineering Receives Award

Aqua Engineering, Inc., a Fort Collins, Colo.-based irrigation engineering firm, received the Award of Excellence in Irrigation Design from the American Society of Irrigation Consultants for the design and engineering of the irrigation system at Reach 11 Sports Complex in Arizona. The complex features nine natural grass soccer fields irrigated with treated, effluent, reclaimed irrigation water, and one artificial turf soccer stadium with a large-radius sprinkler cooling system from a potable water source.

U.S. Soccer and Ewing Announce Partnership

The U.S. Soccer Foundation and Ewing Irrigation Products have announced a multiyear partnership. Ewing joins the foundation’s Partners Resource Center as its national partner for irrigation, drainage and agronomic products. Ewing will support the foundation’s grants program, provide grantees and community partners with expertise in choosing turf products and offer discounts on Ewing products to grantees and community partners.

Keep America Playing Tour

The first Keep America Playing Tour event of the 2008 season hit one out of the park at McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Fla. Approximately 100 coaches, field maintenance staff and guests experienced educational field demonstrations and real-world techniques they will use to keep sports fields playable and safe. Attendees were able to see live demonstrations, and attend educational sessions on turf management, irrigation techniques and fertilization practices.

Future 2008 tour dates include: Community America Ballpark, Kansas City, Mo., October 15; Nationals Park, Washington, D.C., October 21; and Wrigley Field, Chicago, Ill., (date to be determined). For a complete listing of all events, visit www.keepamericaplaying.com.

Signature Control Systems Expands

Signature Control Systems, Inc. has strengthened its manufacturing and development capabilities by adding 30,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space and office space in Irvine, Calif.

Redexim Certified Contractors

As part of an ongoing initiative by Redexim Charterhouse to further educate industry partners with a better understanding of aeration, overseeding and synthetic turf maintenance, the company has developed a certification program for professional contractors. Within the program, contractors must prove their competence with Redexim Charterhouse machinery and have specific knowledge of the services offered by the firm.

Newly certified contractors include: Holes R Us, St. Louis, Mo.; Grass Roots Aeration, Ogden, Utah; Bio Builder, Alexandria, Minn.; Specialty Aeration Turf Services, Chatham, Ill.; Rich’s Sports Fields, Inc., Lancaster, N.Y.; Boston Co. Golf & Athletic Fields, South Berwick, Maine; Munie Green Care Professionals, Caseyville, Ill.; and Sports Turf Specialties, Inc., Plainville, Mass.

Photo courtesy of the Washington Nationals.
Nationals Park

Bayer Goes to Bat for Cherry Trees

Bayer Environmental Science has donated CoreTect tablets for use on the cherry trees at Nationals Park, the new home of MLB’s Washington Nationals. The trees adorn the left field bleachers and entranceways of the park.

Doosan Establishes New Headquarters

Doosan Infracore International moved into its new global headquarters in Charlotte, N.C. Doosan Infracore International was established following the acquisition by its parent company, South Korea—based Doosan Infracore, of Bobcat, Utility Equipment and Attachments from Ingersoll-Rand Company, Ltd. Today, the three entities—Bobcat, Doosan Infracore Portable Power and DII Attachments-are operating as individual businesses.

Late last year, the company announced the purchase of a 475,000-square-foot facility in Statesville, N.C., where the company expects to employ more than 400 for the portable power business. Operations for Bobcat will remain in West Fargo, N.C.  

Middleton Awards Scholarships

In its 2008 What’s Bugging You? Youth Achievement Award Program, Middleton Lawn & Pest Control presented $2,000 Achievement Awards to six overall winners, as well as $500 Achievement Awards to one winner from each of the 22 participating counties within Middleton’s service territory. The awards will go toward the winners’ college expenses.

Middleton received more than 400 entries in the written category and nearly 100 entries in the visual category, with themes that explored the issues of sexism, prejudice, political spending, racism, poverty, health care, body image, environmental concerns and many others.

The winners were: overall written category, Crystal Amanda Rodriguez, Michael Worley and Timothy Foster; overall visual category, Bianca Velazquez, Evan Lovejoy and Amy M. Pucek; and county winners, Benjamin Petitto, Kern Vijayvargiya, Katrina Brinkman, Christopher Howland, Christian Tan, Andrew Earle, Lauren McKenna, Lindsey Everett, Jillian Askren, Dyllan Howell, Lauren Beebe, Zandria Bryant, Jennifer B. Blocker, Robert Michael Randle, Kimberly Twoey, Kandi Coffman, Theresa Linnert, Kelsie Timpe, Rachel Barnard, Morgan Hill, Allison Walter and Maria Caroselli.

Horizon Distributes Toro Sentinel System

Horizon has been selected by The Toro Company as the exclusive distributor of the Toro Sentinel Water Management System in the states of Arizona, southern Nevada and northern California. Horizon was chosen as the exclusive distributor of the Sentinel system because of the company’s dedication to water management leadership and unparalleled customer service.

Georgia Turf and Tractor Expands

Georgia Turf and Tractor has expanded its equipment offering into northern Alabama and has combined forces with TYCROP Manufacturing to sell and represent its turf product line. Georgia Turf and Tractor is based out of Alpharetta, Ga., under the leadership of owner Dane Hanger.

Signature Control Systems Expands

Signature Control Systems, Inc. has strengthened its manufacturing and development capabilities by adding 30,000 square feet of additional manufacturing space and office space in Irvine, Calif.

PACE Turf Meeting Provides Tools for Implementing IPM

More than 160 turf managers and superintendents attended the PACE Turfgrass Research Institute seminar put on by PACE Turf. The meeting provided the latest information on new tools, products and practices for developing effective turf IPM programs. PACE Turf co-directors Wendy Gelernter and Larry Stowell were among the speakers, along with Frank Wong, of the University of California-Riverside, and Mike McClure, of the University of Arizona. Summaries of the talks, as well as the full presentations, are available to PACE Turf subscribers on the organization’s “Member Edition” Web site. Subscription information is available at www.paceturf.org.

Register for UMass Green School

Green School, a comprehensive certificate short course for green industry professionals taught by UMass Extension specialists and University of Massachusetts faculty, begins November 6, 2008. The curriculum is based on research and information emphasizing environmental stewardship and integrated pest management. Participants develop an understanding of how proper management practices impact natural resources, such as soil and water.

Green school runs from November 6 to December 18, and is held one to two days a week at the Radisson Hotel in Milford, Mass. For more information, go to www.UMassGreenInfo.org or www.UMassTurf.org or call UMass Extension at 413-545-0895.