Kyle Carney

Carney Wins in Toro Super Bowl Program

The Toro Co. announced that Kyle Carney, turf student at the University of Connecticut in Storrs, was the winner in the seventh annual Toro Super Bowl Sports Turf Training Program. In January, Carney traveled to Tampa Bay to help the grounds crew prepare the field and practice facilities for Super Bowl XLIII. The program is a collaboration between Toro and the National Football League’s Super Bowl grounds team designed to provide hands-on experience in establishing and maintaining safe playing fields. Carney graduated in 2007 from the University of Massachusetts with a bachelor’s degree in economics. He has worked with the Pawtucket Red Sox, UConn’s athletic field management department and the Washington Nationals.

CST Signs Agreement With TPC Network

CS Trading LLC, based in Liberty, S.C., has established a national account with the TPC Network. CS Trading distributes Sisis turf equipment and 3PointPower products.

UT Athletic Department to Fund New Turfgrass Faculty Member

The University of Tennessee’s athletic department has committed to funding a  new faculty member in the turfgrass research and teaching program of the department of plant sciences. The athletic department will donate a total of $535,000 over five fiscal years to support the new research and teaching position.

IA Forms Political Action Committee

The Irrigation Association’s board of directors approved the formation of the Irrigation Association Political Action Committee. IrrigationPAC is a nonpartisan, voluntary, political action committee created to help IA achieve its legislative objectives and increase the industry’s visibility with elected officials and political candidates at the federal level. The committee will support the election or re-election of congressional candidates who share a commitment to efficient irrigation; educate policymakers about the economic and environmental benefits of efficient irrigation; and represent industry stakeholders’ interests and take a leadership role in the water management debate.

FieldTurf Announces Baseball Award Winners

FieldTurf and Cal Ripken Jr. announced the winners of the 2008 FieldTurf Baseball Awards. Winners were the Tampa Bay Rays, MLB Team of the Year; Mike Batesole, Fresno State, NCAA Division I-A Coach of the Year; Ed Servais, Creighton University, NCAA Division I-AA Coach of the Year; and the Fresno State Bulldogs, NCAA Team of the Year.

CGC and SPI Merge

Commercial Grounds Care, Inc., Johnson Creek, Wis., and Schiller-Pfeiffer, Inc., Southampton, Pa., have merged to create Schiller Grounds Care, Inc. The two companies have been affiliates since August 2006, and the merger follows two years of preparation. The new entity will continue to manufacture and distribute the BOB-CAT, Bunton, Classen, Little Wonder, Mantis, Ryan and Steiner brands through three manufacturing facilities located in Norfolk, Neb., Johnson Creek and Southampton. The Southampton facility will also serve as the corporate office.

Volunteers renovated the baseball field at Sequoia High School.

MLB Groundskeepers and BTF Team Up for Renovation

The baseball field at Sequoia High School, Redwood City, Calif., was selected as the site of a major field renovation that took place as part of the 2009 Major League Baseball Groundskeepers Conference. The selection was based on student demographics, field condition and potential of maintaining field preservation. Renovation was funded by a $40,000 grant from the Baseball Tomorrow Fund, and equipment, materials and labor were donated by MLB groundskeepers, Toro Co., Turface Athletics, Colony Landscaping, Barkshire Laser Leveling, West Coast Turf and Covermaster, Inc.

Reebok Teams Up with GeneralSports Venue

Reebok and GeneralSports Venue have joined forces to study the interaction between athletic footwear and field surfaces. The goal of the research collaboration is to help improve athlete performance and reduce injury risk through the development of better shoes and synthetic sports surfaces. The research will be conducted at various venues nationwide, including on a GameDay Grass 3D surface from AstroTurf installed at Reebok’s global headquarters in Canton, Mass.

Sipcam Agro Moves to North Carolina

Sipcam Agro USA, Inc., along with its two wholly owned subsidiaries, Advan LLC and Sostram Corp., has moved its corporate headquarters to the Research Triangle region of North Carolina. The relocation coincides with the company’s plans for growth, based on new technologies as well as traditional plant protection chemistries.

Lebanon Acquires Emerald Isle Line from Milliken

Lebanon Seaboard Corp. has acquired the Emerald Isle line of foliar and other granular fertilizer products from Milliken Chemical, a division of Spartanburg, S.C.-based Milliken & Co. Lebanon will continue to work with Ocean Organics, Waldoboro, Maine, to produce key ingredients in the Emerald Isle formulations.

Minute Maid Park Upgrades Field Sod

Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas, home of the Houston Astros, became the first facility to install Turf Ecosystems, LLC’s Platinum TE paspalum. Astros groundskeepers, led by Dan Bergstrom, director of Major League field operations, rolled out 2.3 acres of the new sod.

Platinum TE paspalum was installed at Minute Maid Park.