March 1-4, Providence, R.I.

The New England Regional Turfgrass Foundation presents the 13th annual turfgrass conference and trade who to benefit the New England turfgrass education, research and extension programs. Over these last 13 years, more than a million dollars has been spent or committed to these programs at state universities.

This year’s show will take place at the R.I. Convention Center in Providence, R.I. For full show information, visit www.nertf.org/show

Trade Show Hours

Tuesday, March 2: 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. (with reception)
Wednesday, March 3: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Thursday, March 4: 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Educational Program Hours

Monday, March 1
8 a.m. – 12 p.m.—5th Floor, R.I. Convention Center

• Management of Winter Damage and Snow Molds

• Computer Training: Basic MS Excel 2003

• A Plan-Based Budget will Help You Succeed

8 a.m. – 3 p.m. • Strategies for Poa annua Prevention and Control in Cool-Season Turf

1 – 5 p.m. • Keeping Your Head Above Water: Regulatory Obligations, Public Perception and Financing It All

• Understanding Turf Fungicides

Tuesday, March 2
9 a.m.—Ballroom A • Welcome From the N.E. Regional Turfgrass Foundation and USGA/RIGA/NEGA

9:05 – 10 a.m. • Managing Winter Covers to Prevent Cold Temperature Injury

10 – 10:35 a.m. • Uninvited Guests: New Golf Course Tree Pests That You Need to Know About

10:35 – 11 a.m. • New Herbicides Offer Promise in Managing Annual Bluegrass

11 – 11:30 a.m.Local Rules and Course Set-Up: Their Impacts on Course Rating and Speed of Play

12:30 – 3:30 p.m.—Room 551 • Sports Turf Seminar: Strategies for Reducing & Repairing Wear on Sports Turf Sponsored by NERTF & NESTMA

1 – 1:05 p.m. • Welcome

1:05 – 1:35 p.m. • The Summer Killing Fields: A Look Back at a Unique Summer

1:35 – 2:35 p.m. • Turf $ense: Financial and Operational Survival Skills for the Superintendents and their Clubs

2:45 – 3:45 p.m. • The US Open at Bethpage: Preparation and the Art of Squeegeeing

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. • Keynote Speaker: Steve Palermo, former MLB umpire

4:30 – 7:30 p.m. • Trade Show Opening and Reception

Wednesday, March 3
Golf
9 – 11 a.m. Biology, Ecology and Best Management Practices for Anthracnose and Annual Bluegrass Weevils Affecting Poa annua on Golf Courses

2 – 2:45 p.m. Worcester Country Club: Mother Nature’s Tree Removal Program

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Building a Successful Design, Construction and Management Team for Your Golf Course Improvements

3:15 – 4 p.m. Benefits of Fairway Topdressing: Perception or Proven?

Sports/Grounds
9 – 10 a.m. Sports Turf Management with Dr. David Minner

10 – 11 a.m. NESTMA Networking Lunch and Annual Meeting featuring John Mascaro, Turf-Tec International and his Photo Quiz

2 – 2:45 p.m. Organic Management of Sports Fields

2:45 – 3:15 p.m. Kentucky Bluegrasses for High-Traffic Turf

3-15 – 4 p.m. Diagnosis of Insect Pests in Turf

Landscape: Turf and Ornamental
9 – 9:30 a.m. Cultural Practices: An Integral Part of Turf Pest Management

9:30 – 10 a.m. Maintaining Biodiversity and Encouraging Beneficial Insects in the Landscape

10 – 11 a.m. European Crane Flies Invade New England

Mechanics
9 – 11 a.m. Sprayer Maintenance, Use and Calibration

10 – 11 a.m. Reel Science and Optimum Cut Technology

2 – 3 p.m. Chain Saw Maintenance and Safety Handling

Thursday, March 4
Golf
9 – 10 a.m. Research Presentations

10 – 10:30 a.m. Bunker Construction and Maintenance

10:30 – 11 a.m. Application Strategies to Improve Fungicide Efficacy for Take-All Patch

Lawn Care and Landscape
9 – 10 a.m. Research Presentations

10 – 10:30 a.m. Non-Target Effects of Insecticides in Turf

10:30 – 11 a.m. How Wetting Agents Help Fight Drought and Disease