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 33 October 2017 // MCCURDY: Attend educational events! The scale and scope of these events allows exchange of knowledge much better than handholding over the phone or by email. Join your state turf and regional associations. Ours sends out a quarterly magazine and almost weekly updates. MURPHY: We have a number outreach programs that extend recommendations to turf managers. Our partnership with the New Jersey Turfgrass Association, Sports Field Managers of NJ, Golf Course Superintendents Association of NJ, NJ Landscape Contractors Association and others enable us to conduct multiple fi eld day tours each summer of our research farms for the sports, golf and landscape industries. These same partners help us coordinate the annual NJ Green Expo, which brings in speakers from around the country as well as Rutgers to present the latest information on turfgrass science and management. Our fact sheets and bulletins are available online (http://njaes. rutgers.edu/pubs/) for free. We also have a turf blog (http://turfblog.rutgers.edu/) and plant pest advisory newsletter (http://plant- pest-advisory.rutgers.edu/category/landscape- nursery-turf/) that distribute information on turfgrass management through the Internet. Of course, we still answer inquiries via phone and email. And we are always looking for feedback from turf managers about how they like to receive information. What are your specific job responsibilities, and about how much time do you spend on different segments? HOYLE: According to my job description part of my specifi c responsibilities include "establish an innovative and proactive statewide extension and applied research programs that address priority needs of the turfgrass industry and complements the state-wide horticultural extension effort. Also, assist individuals from all facets of the Kansas turfgrass industry." I know it is very vague on what that all means but ultimately my specifi c job responsibility in my own words is "To do what I love doing (applied turfgrass research) and get that information out the industry in an effective manner where turfgrass managers utilize that information." But it is not as simple as getting information out to turfgrass managers but fi guring out if what we are doing as turfgrass research and extension professionals is making a positive impact in the industry. I have a 60%/40% split between Extension and Research here at Kansas State. My applied research and extension program focuses on low-input turfgrass systems, weed management and nontraditional extension outreach tools. There is a joke with new Assistant Professors that although they may have a split they operate at 100%/100%. It is hard to tell exactly how much time I spend on extension or research as they both complement one another. DELVALLE: My position with Penn State Cooperative Extension is technically titled "Commercial Horticulture Educator." I am responsible for Green Industry (which includes turf and ornamentals), Vegetable Production, and Fruit Production. In the winter months, most of my time is spent presenting at local and regional meetings on turf-related topics. Because of my geographic location in Pennsylvania, a large number of Christmas tree farms are nearby, and I service these clients on pest management as well. I also work with right-of-way and industrial weed control organizations, which uses a fair amount of the same chemistries as turf managers. As far as research, I have done research on hops, watermelons, and turf within the past four years in extension. Every day is different, that is for sure. MCCALL: I have a 50/50 research and Extension split, but also help out with guest lecturing in some of our undergraduate courses. The number of Extension presentations varies from year to year, but a ballpark fi gure is about 25 talks spanning from pesticide recertifi cation to specifi c project updates at association meetings. Like most faculty with an Extension appointment, a major emphasis of my research program is built on problem solving for whatever issues may come up across the state. Generally speaking, our best projects come from talking with turf managers about issues they struggle with and trying to come up with new solutions together. I try to balance my research program with projects that provide an immediate impact and those with larger benefi ts further down the road. MCCURDY: My appointment is 80% Extension and 20% Teaching. But I feel like I do 100% of everything. We have a robust research program, with several grad students. I alternate teaching "Intro to Weed Science" and "Turfgrass Weed Science" every fall. My Extension appointment means I not only deal with industry professionals, but also homeowners, municipalities, and government agencies. I try to write magazine articles and scientifi c papers when time allows. And I travel as much as possible to do site visits and presentations. MURPHY: My appointment is a three- way split; approximately 2/3 of my time is spent on Extension activities while the remaining 1/3 is spent on research and teaching. I strive to integrate my activities across all three responsibilities. My research projects are typically problem solving focused, which result in recommendations useful to a turf manager. Thus, the data and conclusions generated are essentially the information that a turf manager will hear at fi eld days and our annual Green Expo. Research fi ndings are also likely to be summarized in fact sheets and bulletins and incorporated in my teaching responsibilities: training graduate students and course materials for undergraduate students. INSTEAD OF TRYING TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO SURVIVE BY DOING MORE WITH LESS, I CONSTANTLY LOOK 5, 10 YEARS DOWN THE ROAD AND FIGURE OUT HOW CAN WE NOT ONLY REMAIN SUSTAINABLE BUT ALSO GROW. — Jared Hoyle, PhD

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