SportsTurf

October 2017

SportsTurf provides current, practical and technical content on issues relevant to sports turf managers, including facilities managers. Most readers are athletic field managers from the professional level through parks and recreation, universities.

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www.spor tsturfonline.com 32 // October 2017 Editor's note: We asked fi ve questions of six University Extension program educators about their jobs. Thanks to Tanner Delvalle, Horticulture Extension Educator, Penn State Extension; Jared A. Hoyle, PhD, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, Kansas State; Bill Kreuser, Assistant Professor and Extension Turfgrass Specialist, University of Nebraska-Lincoln; David McCall, Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech; Jay McCurdy, Assistant Professor and Turfgrass Extension Specialist, Mississippi State University; and James Murphy, PhD, Extension Specialist, Turfgrass Management, Rutgers University. How can turf managers best take advantage of your Extension program? KREUSER: There are several ways to engage in our Extension programs. Local turfgrass managers can attend Summer Field Day or the Nebraska Turf Conference each year. We also do site visits for managers around Nebraska. We try to use the Internet to expand our reach globally. We maintain a website, turf.unl.edu, with resources and research summaries. We also write weekly "Turf iNfo" articles about pertinent topics in turf management. Managers can sign up to receive these in their email automatically on our website or by becoming members of the Nebraska Turfgrass association. We use social media, mainly Twitter and YouTube, to disseminate our extension content. The goal for my Twitter account is to bring the current research and ideas to turf managers. It is also a great way to start dialogs about controversial topics or ideas in turfgrass management. HOYLE: The K-State Turfgrass Extension Program uses many traditional and non-traditional techniques. We have many publications on the K-State Research and Extension Bookstore and K-State Turfgrass Information Pages that helps homeowners as well as turfgrass professionals. During the past couple years we have increased our digital presence. We have developed a new website (k-state.edu/turf) and blog (blogs.ksu.edu/turf), increased our reach on social media presence (@KSUTurf, facebook. com/KSUTurf, digital newsletters, and advertised our program in some non- traditional methods (Vehicle Wraps, see backdrop on Twitter). Dissemination of information leads turf managers back to the website that contains real time information on the blog, links to publications, events, jobs/internships, research reports, and the undergraduate and graduate turfgrass program. Having this information at the turf manager's fi ngertips "helps me help them." I know everything about turfgrass management is not on the website but it is a start. That baseline information starts people in the right direction with whatever issue they maybe facing and starts the dialogue to correcting anything they might face. Other ways turfgrass managers can take advantage of the turfgrass extension program is by attending annual field days and turfgrass conferences. Turfgrass managers now can get information online 24 hours a day but when you attend a conference or fi eld day you create connections not only with extension and research personnel from universities, you can create personal contacts within the industry. The contacts that you create when attending onsite training completes a circle or web of information between research, extension, practitioners, industry and universities that strengthen the entire turfgrass industry. DELVALLE: Turf managers can use extension programming in several ways including attending local and regional meetings, scheduling on-site visits, joining an advisory committee, or by subscribing to one of our newsletters. MCCALL: We have a variety of opportunities for turf managers to use our Extension program, both through direct channels and indirectly through various associations and meetings. I feel like we have a very strong Turf Extension team in Virginia, with Drs. Mike Goatley, Shawn Askew, Jeff Derr, and myself all having Extension appointments. Additionally, we have a strong support team around us that assist with fi eld research, coordinating meetings, and sometimes fi lling in for us when we are unavailable to present. We all work very closely with the various associations, such as the Virginia Sports Turf Managers Association. We typically participate in the VSTMA educational programs as often as possible. A large number of sports turf managers reach out directly to us, but many also work through local Extension Agents for problem solving. Get to know your Extension agent Bill Kreuser, PhD James Murphy, PhD

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