• 03/18/2020 11:58 AM
    Message # 8840106

    Hey everyone!  Love to see your questions and hear comments about how this is affecting you and what you are wondering how to handle etc.  Hope we can use this resource to help everyone out.  

  • 03/18/2020 12:51 PM
    Reply # 8840209 on 8840106
    Randy Robinson

    Nice letter from the STMA President....

    In this time of such uncertainty, we are all affected in one way or another by the issue before us. As we struggle to find some sense of normalcy in the ever changing response to the COVID-19 outbreak, the one sense of solace for us all is our athletic fields and facilities. A little over a week ago, Past President Jody Gill, CSFM sent me a note about the possibility of complete facility closures forcing us to walk away from our work. This was very forward thinking at the time, and I would like to thank him for bringing up that concern when he did.

    As time has progressed, we are finding that more and more of us are being asked to walk away from our fields and facilities each day. I wanted to share five things that our team used when we were asked to work from home in hopes that it may help you with preparing your fields for at least a few weeks with very little maintenance time.

    Its OK to Let Go
    5 Small Things That May Make Walking Away from Our Fields a Little Easier

    1. Safety - Walk all your fields and look for any safety-related items. Record your walk and repair any items you find. Even though we are not at work, citizens or others may still use the fields while we are away. The STMA’s Playing Conditions Index can be found here and is a fantastic tool for recording your safety walks.
    2. Use of Plant Growth Regulators (PGRs) - Look at using the PGRs to reduce the plants’ vertical growth, water use, and fertilizer needs.
    3. Mowing Height - Consider raising the mowing height which can reduce the need for mowing. Follow the 1/3 rule when mowing to prevent plant injury. This will be very important as we look to bring fields back to normal after the outbreak is over, and it is also essential to maintaining plant health.
    4. Fertilization - Look at using a pre-emergent for weed control as well as slow release fertilizers that will provide the plant with nutrition without pushing unwanted vegetative growth.
    5. Irrigation - Look to smart controllers to help with maintaining proper moisture in the soils. Without the smart controllers, local weather services can provide Evapotranspiration (ET) rates daily so you can judge the amount of water the plants have been using and provide an irrigation cycle if necessary. Another option is to make sure that your irrigation controller is set to run your current program and have a rain sensor installed that will help monitor rainfall and can automatically cut off the cycle if rain is present.

    Times have undoubtedly changed, but your passion, energy and efforts will shine through as they always have. In this time of uncertainty, remain confident that you are the expert of your fields and facilities, and you know what is best for them. Use that knowledge to find solutions to that will allow you to comply with the request to walk away and still do the best you can to protect your fields and the safety of the end users. This organization is here to support you and there are many resources in our Sports Field Management Institute to as it relates to fields and even personal growth. You have access to these through your STMA membership. Please reach out to STMA if there is anything, we can do to help you moving forward. 


    STMA President
    Jimmy Simpson, CSFM

  • 03/19/2020 9:45 AM
    Reply # 8842100 on 8840106

    These times we are living in our tough for all of us humans. I hope you all are doing well. I would just like to let everyone know what we are dealing with in my area and hope others will do the same. With us we have delayed the start of all spring sports until further notice looking for sometime in May depending on what this situation brings. But on that note things seem to be changing by the minute. I work for the City of Iowa City. I work in a department with Parks, Forestry, horticulture and us in athletics. We have started cross training in other departments under direction from the City Managers office in case other essential Departments within city staff start depleting. Such as the water department, landfill, refuge and cemetery. In our department we want to be ready to help out wherever we can in the City. As a sports turf managers I am working on creating a plan to keep sports fields maintained as much as time and resources allows us to. this is just one of the major changes we are implementing. But our director of grounds still finds time to bring us treats once a week in our meetings that we now hold in our main shop to continue the social distancing. after each meeting we all have specific doors, light switches Ect. to clean twice a day.

    I cant wait to hear everyone else's situations. and we are all here to answer questions on strategies or anything else you would like to discuss.

     Thanks Sports Turf Managers and stay strong.

  • 05/14/2020 6:36 AM
    Reply # 8968164 on 8840106
    Jorja Hobler
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    Reply # 9009877 on 8840106
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