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Natural and Integrated Pest Management Strategies for
Sports Turf

Course Code: AT0504CA14

Organic Sports Turf Management

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Date & Time

Last Held: February 28, 2014
8:00am - 12:30pm (Check-in time: 7:30am)

Next offering tentatively planned for February 2015. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.

Description

Sports field managers at all levels are increasingly being asked, or in some cases mandated, to reduce or even eliminate synthetic fertilizers and pesticides applied to natural turfgrass playing surfaces. When faced with the prospect of reducing traditional inputs, AND maintaining acceptable playing surface quality, sports field managers know that 'going green' is easier said than done.

If you're interested in sports field management using organic methods or managing sports fields with fewer pesticide inputs, then this course is for you. During our 1/2-day course, you will hear Rutgers faculty and a veteran practitioner discuss how to implement organic techniques to manage sports fields as well as proven ways to reduce synthetic pesticide inputs. (Learn more about the Course Instructors.)

Topics include:

  • Organic sports field management - What is it?
  • The importance of soil management and turfgrass selection in an organic program
  • Low-impact pesticide options
  • Management of sports fields and turfgrass sites in Central Park, New York City

After completing this 1/2-day course you will have learned strategies to manage sports fields either organically or with fewer pesticide inputs.

This is a a required course for the following certificate programs:

Fact Sheets, Research Findings and Other Resources for Sports Field Turf Managers

Credits

The February 28, 2014 offering of this course was approved for the following credits. We will reapply for similar credits the next time the course runs, but we cannot guarantee credit approval for future offerings.

Pesticide Credits

NJ/CT:

5 units in 11
8 units in 13
11 units in 6B, 8C and PP2
13 units in 3B

PA:
Pending

NY:
2.5 units in 3A and 3B

MD:
8 units in 3C

MA:
2 contact hours

DE: This course will be submitted for approved pesticide credits upon completion of the program if requested by attendees.

Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA) Accredited Organic Land Care Professional (AOLCP) Credits
Pending

Certified Public Works Manager (CPWM) Credits
2 Technical, 2 Management

Please call 732-932-9271 ext. 625 for the latest credit information.

Fees

Early Registration Fee

TBD

 

Registration Fee

TBD

 

Sports Field Managers Association of New Jersey members will receive a 10% discount on all Athletic Field classes. Please call us to register at 732-932-9271 extension 630.

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

Continental breakfast and pizza lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or special needs, please alert us at least 1 week in advance of the course date so that we may accommodate you.

Location

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

NEW LOCATION:
Trayes Hall A - Douglass Campus Center
100 George St, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Parking permit required for this location (will be provided to registrants).

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.

Register

Sorry! Registration is not currently available.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Math Refresher for Water & Wastewater Operators" or Course Code EO0106) 
2. Call us at 732-932-9271
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Attention U.S. Veterans

All of the courses offered by the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education are approved by the New Jersey State Approving Agency for Veterans Training for tuition reimbursement through the GI Bill. For more information about the GI Bill, click here.

Course Instructors

Watch Instructor Dr. Jim Murphy (Rutgers University Extension Specialist, Plant Biology and Pathology) discuss turf management best practices in this short video.

Related Courses of Interest to Athletic Field Professionals

Athletic Fields Special Topics:
Athletic Field Construction & Maintenance
Baseball and Softball Skin Surface Selection and Management

Turfgrass Management:
Basics of Turfgrass Management
Turfgrass Establishment

Pest / Disease Management:
Integrated Pest Management
Pest Management of Landscape Turf
Managing Turfgrass Insects
Turfgrass Disease Management
Managing Turfgrass and Landscape Weeds

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