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Turf club newsletter 2012

  1. 1. 2011-2012 Turf Club in Review Dan Strey September 3, 2012 fields. The projects include Ames (game and practice baseball fields), GilbertThe 2011-2012 academic year proved to be (football and baseball fields), and Story Cityanother successful one for the Iowa State (baseball field). Several cultural practicesUniversity Turf Club. Members participated were implemented including; grading,in several activities ranging from fundraisers seeding, sodding, fertilizing, aerification,to attending national conferences and infield maintenance, and topdressing.competitions. Meetings were held everyother week and often featured guestspeakers. These were great opportunities forstudents to network with industryprofessionals and some even obtainedinternship positions because of it.Turf Club FundraisingFundraising efforts have been plentiful overthe past year. One of the primary fundraisers Club Members Working at Gilbert High Baseball Fieldwas applying fertilizer and herbicides atReiman Gardens. This upcoming year, theclub will continue the applications alongwith a fall seeding project that wascompleted during the week of August 27th.The lawn surrounding the pond was killedand then seeded with turf type tall fescue. Dan Strey Seeding Gilbert High Baseball Field It is because of these fundraising events that Turf Club members are able to travel to national conferences and represent IowaSpring Fertilizer Application at Reiman Gardens State.Dr. Dave Minner has collaborated with localhigh schools in an effort to renovate athletic
  2. 2. Professional Conferences & Competitions Prior to this year’s event, Iowa State has placed first 11 times in the past 13 years. WeThroughout the course of the year, the turf all know that there is a big target on us andclub attends conferences that span the people are just waiting to see us get beat.country. The two national meetings include This year was no exception. In fact, thestudent competitions that test students on winning team won by that largest margin ofknowledge obtained from the classroom as victory in the history of the event. Thewell as in the field experience. traveling trophy made its way back to Ames along with a $4,000 check.STMA- Sports Turf ManagersAssociationThe STMA Conference was held this pastJanuary in Long Beach, California. The turfclub sent ten members that competed in theStudent Challenge. The event is a teameffort and can be compiled of fourindividuals. Iowa State had two teams placein the top ten. Our goal for this upcomingyear is to have a team on the winningpodium. 2012 Turf Bowl Champions The success of the Iowa State Turf Club has been gratefully acknowledged by the University and has been in the most recent edition of Visions Magazine and STORIES in Agriculture and Life Sciences. The club was also featured in the newly renovated lower level of Curtiss Hall. Photos were placed along the hallway, representing theMembers of the 2012 STMA Student Challenge different successes from within the college and the ISU Turf Club was one of them.GCSAA- Golf Course SuperintendentsAssociation of AmericaThe GCSAA annually hosts its golf industryshow. This past year, there were over 3,000vendors and 16,000 in attendance. IowaState has established a dominant presence atthe annual Turf Bowl, which has been inexistence for 18 years. It is a four hourmanagement. Topics include; turfgrassidentification, weed ID, soils, waterconservation, insects, disease, and irrigation. Image Displayed in Curtiss Hall
  3. 3. It truly has been a great year for the IowaState Turf Club. With the new academicyear underway, it seems that this year willbe no different. Students are excited for theupcoming events and ready for the studentcompetitions. Also, within the next month,turf club apparel will be available on theTurf Club Blog site(http://iowastateturfclub.blogspot.com/).Thank you to all who have been a part of theISU Turf Club. It wouldn’t be possiblewithout your help.Dan StreyTurf Club PresidentTurf Research SpecialistIowa State University