Virginia Recreation and Park Society presents
Athletic Fields - Hands-On Training
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- 8:00-8:30am: Check-in
- 8:30-9:45am: Topics
- 9:45-10:00am: Break
- 10:00-11:15am: Topics
- 11:15-11:45am: Questions & Answers
- 11:45am-12:30pm: Lunch
- 12:30-2:00pm: Hands-On/Facility Tour
* Lunch included in registration fee.
ABOUT THE SPEAKERS
Troy Carson is a Senior Research Agronomist within the Center for Technology, Research, and Innovation at The Toro Company. Troy has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Minnesota. He is responsible for development and implementation of applied research related to irrigation, equipment, athletic field safety, and precision turfgrass management. His current area of exploration at Toro focuses on the development of sensing technologies, in combination with geographical information systems, to optimize input use efficiency and improve athletic field safety.
Adam Nichols is the field research supervisor and a highly qualified speaker from Virginia Tech’s turf research and outreach program at the Hampton Roads Agricultural Research and Extension Center (AREC) in Virginia Beach. He regularly presents to divers audiences in the area
Dr. Mike Goatley, Jr. is Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist in the Department of Crop and Soil Environmental Sciences of Virginia Tech. Goatley has B.S. and M.S. degrees from the University of Kentucky and the PhD from Virginia Tech. Following 15 years on the faculty of Mississippi State University, Goatley returned to Blacksburg where his primary responsibilities are statewide development and implementation of educational outreach programs for all areas of turfgrass management. Mike has co-authored four books on sports turf management, was elected to the STMA Board of Directors in 2008, and is served as STMA President in 2012—2013.
“I will work my way month by month through the calendar detailing the major sports turf management practices/strategies to either apply then or to plan for in the future. We will also consider that many very positive things happen during the 'off-season' of sports turf management as well, and how to take advantage of that supposed 'down time' both professionally and personally."