KySTMA Dr. AJ Powell Field of the Year Award

Introducing the Dr. AJ Powell Field of the Year Award Program!

The KySTMA Field of the Year Award is named in honor of Dr AJ Powell.  Dr Powell has had some type of influence, either directly or indirectly, on every athletic field built in the Commonwealth of Kentucky in the last 30 years.  His shared knowledge and passion for sports turf management is still very much alive today and we feel this Field of the Year Award is a great way to honor his legacy around the state.  One award will be given annually to a field managed by a KySTMA member.  The award winner will be given a plaque, a year of free membership in the KySTMA, and potentially more. The winner will be announced during the Annual UK Turf and Landscape Short Course the following February.

Two ways to enter:

1.  Complete Online Form on the Awards Page by October 12, 2015 to be considered.

2.  Or download and fill out application Kentucky Sports Turf Managers Association FOY Application and return it via email to kystma@gmail.com by October 12, 2015 to be considered.


UK Turfgrass Short Course Sports Turf Education Program (Thurs. Feb 26, 2015)

7:30 – 9:00 AM On-Site Registration and Check-In/Trade Show Open

9:00 -9:50 AM – Snow removal on athletic fields – Eric Harshman, UK Athletic Fields

9:50-10:40 AM – Basics of Native Soils Sports Fields – Dr. Gregg Munshaw, UK Turfgrass


11:00 – 11:50 AM – Spreader Calibration and Calculations – Dr. Wes Totten, UT Martin

11:50 AM – 1:10 PM – LUNCH ON YOUR OWN

1:10 -2:00 PM – Infield Skin Maintenance Tips from Field of the Year Winners – Panel Discussion (Tom Nielsen-Louisville Bats Slugger Field, Joey Stevenson-Indianapolis Indians Victory Field, Eric Harshman-UK Softball John Cropp Stadium)

2:00 – 2:50 PM – Water Conservation on Sports Fields – Jack Karlin – Turfgrass Water Conservation Alliance

2:50 – 3:10 PM – KySTMA Annual Business Meeting

3:10 – 4:00 PM – Professionalism in Sports Turf – Toby Hudson – Hopkinsville Parks and Recreation


Each person will receive 3 General and 1 Category Specific CEU for Kentucky Pesticide License – Categories 3, 5, 6, 10, 12, 18, or 20


UK Turf & Landscape Management Short Course, Feb. 24-26, 2015

February 24-26, 2015

Turf and Landscape Management Short Course @ Crown Plaza Hotel – Louisville, KY


Don’t wait until it is too late!!!  The pre-registration window for the February 24-26, 2015 Turf and Landscape Management Short Course is open only through this coming Friday, February 13th!

 After this Friday, registration fees increase to $50 per person per day.

If you will be using a purchase order, please submit the names of your employees as well as days of attendance to me by email.

 All pertinent information regarding this meeting, including registration links and the program, can be found at www.uky.edu/Ag/ukturf


Hope to see you there.



KTC and KySTMA Conference Coming Soon

We need your support  and attendance at our upcoming KySTMA conference session on Wednesday, October 23, 2013.  Belterra has been a great site for us in the past and we look forward to possibly entering the golf tournament on Monday, Oct 21, the opening session, annual KTC business session, UK research update, and the outstanding Trade Show on Tuesday, Oct 22 and the workshops, split educational sessions, and the KySTMA Business session on Wednesday, Oct 23.  We will be electing new officers for the KySTMA and if you want to get involved, please let us know asap.  We have six outstanding speakers scheduled for the Sports Turf Session.  you just do not want to miss this!  Registration information can be obtained from the KTC Web site at www.KyTurfCouncil.com.



KySTMA Regional Workshop – June 25

This will likely be the most outstanding workshop that we have gven in years.  The am session will be held at the Campbell County Extension Office.  We have six speakers, all with Professional and College experience.  The pm session will be held at the Bengals Practice Facility.  This session will include  equipment/product exhibits placed on the fields, afterwhich Darian Daily will share his expereince managing the different grasses, measuring field hardness and maintaing the synthetic surface on the game field.  Four CEU’s will be awarded.  The cost is only $15 and that includes a catered lunch.  Please register by calling (859) 572-2600.  All of the program details are available on the Workshop Brochure. 

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UK Turf Research Field Day & Painting Demo – June 13

The annual UK Turf Research Field Day is Thursday, June 13.  Program details and Registration information is on the UK web site at www.uky.edu/ag/ukturf. The usual research wagon tours will preceed the fabulous lunch, cooked and  served on the Spindletop grounds.  The cost is $15 and you will be able to receive 3 CEU’s if you attend three of the four hourly tours. 

Four one-hour workshops will be presented concurrently in the afternoon.  Although all of these will pertain to sports turf subjects, the one most likely of interest will be  “Field Painting – Lines, Logos, and Dormant Bermuda.  Marcus Dean and his UK staff will demo lines and logos painting, and Larry Klingenberg will present the latest on painting dormant bermuda.  Cost – $15. 


Western Kentucky Sports Turf Workshop – May 16

Our second Sports Turf Workshop of the season is scheduled for May 16, with  morning seminars to be held at the Daviess County Ext Office and the afternoon session held at various Owensboro parks.  We have a great and large group of speakers and Eddie Atherton, the Grounds Supervisor for  Owensboro Public Works will lead the afternoon critique of several fields.  You can qualify for four Pesticide CEU’s and visit with some or our outstanding exhibitors.  Please consider supporting Eddie Atherton, the exhibitors and the KySTMA with your attendance.  Invite others to attend with you.  We will have a great lunch provided by the Daviess County Cattleman’s Association.  The cost for all of this is only $15 per person.  Registration and other information is available on the attached brochure.  2013 West Ky sports turf workshop edited


Central Kentucky Sports Turf Workshop – Wednesday, May 8

We are less than two weeks away from our first sports turf workshop of 2013.  The Elizabethtown Sports Park is a ‘must visit’ location for all professional sports turf managers.  The Park Maintenance Superintendent, James Bergdoll, is one of only two Kentucky, STMA Certified Sports Turf Managers and he has done an excellent job with this new park. 

We will have several product and equipment exhibitors that will enhance the morning educational program that will be presented by four professional speakers.  Please pre-register so we can get the lunches ordered correctly.  The program will also offer four CEU’s that you may need to keep you legal when applying fertilizer and pesticides.   All the details are in the attached brochure.  Central KY Sports Turf workshop