SAN ANTONIO – The Texas Water Star program of the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service will present the “Sports and Athletic Field Workshop: Maintenance and Management” from 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m. March 31 at Morgan’s Wonderland Event Center, 5223 David Edwards Drive, San Antonio.
“This workshop will concentrate on sports and athletic field maintenance and management as it relates to turfgrass and irrigation,” said Troy Luepke, AgriLife Extension program coordinator for water and natural resources, Bexar County.
He said the program is designed for personnel in charge of college and grade school grounds and athletic field maintenance, parks and recreation personnel, professional grounds managers, youth sports leagues officials and field managers, golf course employees, board of education administrators, athletic field designers, and contractors and engineers.
“Members of the general public interested in turfgrass management and irrigation maintenance of large areas are also invited to attend,” Luepke said.
Program registration will be from 8:30-9 a.m. with coffee and snacks served.
The registration fee is $65 per person. Attendees must RSVP to Angel Torres at the AgriLife Extension office in Bexar County at 210-467-6575 and pay registration by March 23. Mail checks to: Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, Attn: Angel Torres, 3355 Cherry Ridge, Suite 212, San Antonio, TX 78230-4818.
The workshop’s morning presenter will be Dr. Casey Reynolds, AgriLife Extension turfgrass specialist, College Station, who will address turfgrass selection and use, turfgrass cultural practices, and weed, insect and disease control options.
Lunch is included and will be from noon-12:30 p.m.
The afternoon speaker will be Charles Swanson, AgriLife Extension irrigation specialist, College Station, who will speak on improving water efficiency and management in sports field irrigation and dealing with common irrigation issues.
The program will conclude with an evaluation and distribution of certificates of participation.