December 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 8 // December 2017 S ports turf managers are faced with the challenge of maintaining safe and playable turfgrass surfaces while reducing inputs such as fertilizer and water. In particular, water conservation has become a hot topic for all turf managers and will continue to be an important issue as drought events increase in frequency and severity. Reducing water use, resulting in playing conditions that are unsafe for athletes, may negatively impact sports turf performance. Consequently, optimizing water management is key for achieving a balance between conservation and functional and playable sports fi elds. Turfgrass water use is impacted by a number of different factors including species and cultivar, management practices, and soil type. For example, low mowing heights will promote increased Managing sports turf using wetting agents: a case for full-field applications // By SAM BAUER Example of localized dry spot on a Minnesota sports field.

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