Foliar Uptake of Sports Field Grasses

The Central Florida Sports Managers Association conducted a Zoom webinar March 18, 2021 with 32 attendees participating in this online live event that offered FREE CEUs in the areas of Private Applicator – Ag, Ornamental & Turf and Limited Lawn & Ornamental. Fifteen of the attendees received FDACS CEUs from this presentation by Lynn Griffith.  He has presented to our association in the past and happy to have him present to us again on a topic that all sports field managers deal with daily.

Lynn P. Griffith, Jr., or presentor is the author of Tropical Foliage Disorders as well as numerous technical articles for trade journals and president of A&L Southern Agricultural Laboratories described the foliar absorption of nutrients in plants and the mechanism they use.  He spoke about which nutrients are absorbed more quickly and efficiently, as well as what the types of plants absorb nutrients more efficiently. He also described the ways to maximize foliar absorption in our sports turf grasses.

Click on the link below to see Lynn’s Foliar Uptake of Sports Field Grasses presentation:

Password to access presentation is: 1cfstma!

Weed ID

Karen Stauderman, UF IFAS Commercial Horticulture Agent III in Volusia County conducted a Weed Identification webinar where 20 of the 31 registered attendees received 1.0 CEUs.  Karen reviewed the various methods and industry tools turf managers can employ to help them identify grasses, sedges and broadleaf weeds in their sports fields.

Below is the link to Karen Stauderman’s presentation:

Topic: Weed ID in Sports Fields
Start Time : Dec 9, 2020 11:54 AM

Meeting Recording:

Safety Training

Sports Turf Managers and  Commercial Vendors were treated to Safety: Common Sense is not Common Knowledge training September 30, 2020 via Zoom meeting. We were proud to have one of our CFSTMA Commercial members as our presenter.  Matthew Carroll, Marketing Specialist for Western Florida with FMC, spent an hour with us sharing his experience and anecdotes that enhanced our safety activities ranging from texting while driving to pesticide handling. This was a FREE 1.0 CEU Pesticide Applicator Certification training!

To view Matt’s presentation follow this a link:

Topic: Safety Training
Start Time : Sep 30, 2020 03:09 PM

Meeting Recording:–5FsHNoSWug4LfV5mPtgkI945064rxGW-wemLRCC2P648XC5q.9MP54f9_V9AGpOOm

Access Passcode: SafetyTraining1!

Glyphosate Discussion

CFSTMA hosted it’s inaugrual Zoom webinar with Dr. Jason Ferrell, Associate Professor University of Florida’s Agronomy Department. Dr. Ferrell’s presentation discussed The world’s most controversial herbicide – Glyphosate. 

As you may know there is significant media coverage surrounding glyphosate and its impact on human health and the environment. However, many international institutions of science regard glyphosate as having low risk. The purpose of Dr. Ferrell’s webinar presentation was to review the cercumstances surrounding Glyphosate and help us better understand what these agencies are claiming and how we may respond to these concerns.

The webinar was conducted Monday morning July 20, 2020 from 11:00 am to 12:00 Noon and had 44 registered of which 10 attendees submitted for and received 1 FREE CEU ranging in the areas of Private Applicator-Ag, Ornamental & Turf, Limited Lawn & Ornamental, and Commercial Lawn & Ornamental.  

To view Dr. Ferrell’s  prresentation follow this link….

Topic: Glyphosate discussion with Dr. Jason Ferrell
Start Time : Jul 20, 2020 11:00 AM End Time 12:00 Noon

Meeting Recording:

Access Password: Glyphosate#1

CFSTMA Chapter Meeting December 5, 2019 @ BOOMBA Soldiers Creek

Fifty registered attendees participated in CFSTMA’s winter Chapter Meeting at BOOMBAH Soldiers Creek Park in Seminole County.  The CFSTMA Board want to first and foremost thank our gracious host Jeff Caldwell, Seminole County Division Manager, Mike Baker, Site Supervisor, and William Washington, assistant Site Supervisor for providing a wonderful setting for our meeting.  They were supportive in everyway helping the event to be well received by all who attended.

Mike Baker provided an overview to the group to start the day and how Seminole County and specifically BOOMBAH Soldiers Creek work to host out of town visitors while at the same time providing residence with quality programming such as adult kickball above and beyond the softball play from youth to collegiate. Will Washington lead the site tour explaining the maintenance program that supports the sporting activities for the facility.

Sixteen attendees registered for CEU’s which was conducted by Dr. Mary Lusk who is a faculty member in the Soil and Water Sciences Department at the University of Florida-Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Sarasota County.  Her talk focused on sources of excess nutrients in water bodies and how they can lead to water quality deterioration.  She discussed the various nutrient sources, the science of how the different sources are tracked, identified and managed.

The group was treated to an overview of the synthetic turf construction considerations and how the industry has changed over the years to provide improved sports playing surfaces.  This session was presented by Todd Penley.

After a Sonny’s BBQ lunch, a drawing was conducted for a chance for a professional member of the CFSTMA to win a FREE STMA National Conference and Exhibit Show registration with hotel stay valued at $1,400. Professional members where asked to submit an essay describing how their CFSTMA membership has benefited them professionally.  We also had drawings for 3rd place for a FREE STMA annual membership valued at $130.00 and 2nd place for a FREE Conference registration valued at $ 375.00.

The STMA National Conference and Exhibit Show is being held in West Palm Beach, Florida January 13 – 16, 2020.  To learn more about this conference click HERE.

Here are excerpts from their essays:

CFSTMA has instilled in me that I am not in this alone! But there are others in our industry who

have been there and can offer advice and have experienced the same problems and concerns.

A network of experts who I (we) can lean upon, build relationships and offer solutions to add to

our tool box. There are industry vendors which can supply relief through services and or

equipment they offer.


Overall, the CFSTMA has helped me with my best management practices, safety

awareness and networking. This local chapter is involved and cares about it’s

community. I will continue to be involved and hope to one day to give the

knowledge to others in our field as the CFSTMA has shared with me.


I have been able to build a network of resources who simply know the answers, share their

expertise and best practices in every situation I have presented or asked about. Friends and colleagues

who have been taking care of turf help us to see an annual calendar through conversations. By sharing

knowledge we all benefit in so many different ways.


I know as I go forward and keep going as a registered CFSTMA, I will

be able to add to my resume and keep my quality as a worker at a high level. I will keep

on the cutting edge of technology to stay more efficient.


When I moved to Florida, I immediately connected with CFSTMA and began to make connections here in

Florida and eventually becoming a CFSTMA Board member.  As you know, it takes time and a

commitment to make connections in this industry.  I have put myself out there to do just that for both

my own professional career and also for the betterment of the sports turf industry.

Winners where:

3rd Pace – Free STMA Membership valued @ $130.00 – Clay Paulk of Orange County

2nd Place – Free Conference Registration valued @ $375.00 – Chris Lessig of Volusia County

Grand Prize Winner – Free Conference Registration and Hotel Stay valued @ $1,400.00 – Richard Stephan of Orange County

CFSTMA Chapter Meeting August 22, 2019 @ CoolToday Park – Venice/North Port

CoolToday Park spring training home of the Atlanta Braves, hosted 40+ Central Florida Sports Turf Managers.  The attendees where treated to an informative tour by Matt Taylor, Heads Grouds Keeper. Our CEU Session was conducted by Dr. Jason Kruse, the Assistant Professor of Environmental Horticulture at the University of Florida who introduced us to shade and wear tolerant Bermuda Grass cultivars. Fifteen attendees received 1.0 CEUs, in the areas of Ornamental & Turf Pest Control, Commercial Lawn & Ornamental, Private Applicator Ag Pest Control, Limited Certification Lawn & Ornamental,and Limited Certification Commercial Landscape Maintenance.

Attendees took advantage of this opportunity to share approaches to common turf management challenges, learn and ask questions of a research professional and meet commercial vendors who market their services and products directly to the sports turf industry.

Matt discussing facility management
Inspecting fields…


Matt discussing turf management
Dr. Kruse CEU Session
Shade tollerant grasses??
CoolToday Braves Stadium

CFSTMA June 21, 2019 Chapter Meeting @ Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

The Central Florida Chapter of the Sports Turf Manager’s Association (CFSTMA) held its summer chapter meeting at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University June 21, 2019.  Leslie Whitmer, Director of intramural and Recreational sports and Susan Rannie, the Sports Turf and Grounds Manager at ERAU were wonderful hosts to 50+ attendees representing turf professional from the Cities of Debary, St. Cloud, Ocala, as well as the Counties of Orange and Volusia, along with Orange County Public Schools, and representatives from the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.  Commercial members and sponsors of CFSTMA from Beard Equipment Company, NuFarm, Harrells, Rain Bird, Wesco Turf and Yara where in attendance and given the opportunity to introduce themselves and their companies to the group.

Paul Mitola, Environmental Specialist with the Florida’s Environmental Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services (FDACS) conducted a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) discussing “Pesticide Safety and Spill Control”.  He emphasized the “Golden Rule” for pesticide spills – Never Leave a Spill Unattended and the three “C’s” – Control, Contain, and Clean-up in an entertaining and example filled presentation.

Being at Embry-Riddle, it was appropriate to have a presentation regarding unmanned aircraft – drones.  Dr. John Robertson provided an interesting presentation on the various types of drones and their applications, from mapping, to delivery, to recreational and the various other creative uses with this new technology.  Drones are creating a new industry, especially when combined with GPS and photographic capabilities.  The “rules” for the use of drones are changing everyday as new capabilities of this technology expands.

Joseph Petersen, Director of Horticulture and Water Resources with Florida Gateway College dropped in to let the group know of the opportunities for internships, scholarships and online learning for high school students in turf management as a Certified Horticulture Professional.  Their degrees have an emphasis in business and personnel management in their curriculum.  Florida Gateway College is one of two education institutions in the State of Florida offering turf management degrees.  The other is the University of Florida.

Immediately after a ziti and lasagna lunch, attendees where treated to a tour of the baseball, softball and soccer fields with Susan Rannie, the Sports Turf and Grounds Manager at ERAU.

Meeting concluded at 1:30 p.m.  What a great way to bring in the first day of Summer!

To professional development…This way!
CEU Session “Pesticide Safety Spill Control” with Paul Mitola
Site Tour at ERAU
Attendees sharing ideas!




CFSTMA 7th Annual Field Day @ Lake Jem Farms March 21, 2019

The Central Florida Sports Turf Managers Association (CFSTMA) partnered with host site Lake Jem Farms, CEU speaker sponsor Sod Solutions and lunch sponsor Everglades Equipment to conduct our 7th Annual Field Day March 21, 2019.

More than 75 attendees from the Central Florida area had the opportunity to receive 1 CEU credit toward maintenance of their sprayer applicators licensing with a talk from Jerad Minnick, Entrepreneur Consultant for natural grass sport surfaces. He discussed the evolution of Bermudagrass varieties, explored the evolution in its maintenance and how new varieties of Bermudagrass are creating new possibilities for high-use natural grass surfaces.

Prior to the CEU session, attendees visited 12 table top vendors (listed below) and after the CEU session, 12 equipment vendors (listed below) were afforded the opportunity to demonstrate their equipment in action – live in a parade format.

TABLETOPS VENDORS – Site One Landscape Supply, Pioneer Athletics, Beard Equipment, FMC, Nufarm, Yara North America, The Turfgrass Group, Scotts ProVista, Rain Bird, Harrell’s, Terra Feed, and Sod Solutions

EQUIPMENT VENDORS – St. John’s Turf Care, Helena Agri Enterprises, Beard Equipment, Wesco Turf, Global Turf Equipment, Crystal Tractor, Turf Tank, STEC Equipment, World Sports, Aerification Plus, Power Turf, Everglades Equipment

A lunch of BBQ ribs, potato salad, corn on the cobb was prepared on site by Everglades Equipment sales personal who double as expert BBQ Chefs. The meal was especially good eating enhanced by being outdoors under a tent on a beautiful Florida spring day.


Early start to CFSTMA Field Day at Lake Jem Farms


Registration CFSTMA Field Day


Tabltop Vendors


Tabletop Vendors


CEU Session underway


Attendees in CEU session


Attendees in CEU session


Jerad Minnick speaker evolution of Bermudagrass


Speaker Jerad Minnick conducting CEU session


Vendor equipment demonstration parade


Attendees at vendor equipment demonstration parade


Attendees at vendor demonstration equipment parade


Attendees taking a closer look


Vendor equipment in demonstration parade


Equipment demo


Equipment demo


Vendor equipment at their plots


Attendees at equipment demo




There were varied organization represented at this Field Day….In no particular order they were:  City of Maitland, Orange County Parks & Recreation, Mountverde Academy, Volusia County Parks & Recreation, Orange County Public Schools, Plant City, West Oaks Academy, City of St. Cloud, City of Ocala, City of Orlando, Citrus County School Board, Town of Belleair, Polk County BOCC, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, City of Debary, City of Tavares,

The CFSTMA Board in remarks at the conclusion of the event expressed their appreciation and a “Thank You” to the event sponsors;  Lake Jem Farms for hosting the event, Sod Solutions for sponsoring Jerad Minnick our CEU speaker and Everglades Equipment for providing a wonderful lunch. Specifically we recognized:

  • Jim Granger with Lake Jem Farms
  • Christian Broucqsault with Sod Solutions
  • Rafael Lara with Everglades Equipment

Everyone, vendors and attendees enjoyed the education session and the equipment demo!  Event concluded around 2:00 p.m. with Lake Jem’s demo of sod harvesting and install equipment.

It was a wonderful spring day at Lake Jem Farms for CFSTMA professional, & commercial members and our first-time guests!


CFSTMA Business & Chapter Meeting @ Orlando City Soccer Stadium

The Central Florida Sports Turf Managers Association want to thank Matt Bruderek, the Sports Turf Manager with Orlando City for hosting CFSTMA’s bi-annual election of officers and its Chapter Meeting.  The meeting was held at the Orlando City Soccer Stadium Thursday, December 6th. Dave Nowakowski, CSFM of Harrell’s presented a CEU accredited Fertilizer Analysis Comparison session to over 85 attendees.  This was an enjoyable and well attended sessions at a first rate professional facility.

If you missed this presentation or want to review it again, visit CFSTMA’s Knowledge Base on the website.

Orlando City Soccer Stadium
CFSTMA Members Check-in at Orlando City Soccer Stadium Chapter Meeting
Attendees Listening to CEU Certified Fertilizer Analysis Session
CFSTMA Attendees on the Orlando City Soccer Pitch


Attendees Learn about the use of a new type of Dethatching Machine
Attendees Learn about artificial lighting for low natural light areas of a field


Close up of artificial lighting to grow turfgrass
Matt Brudeker discussing his field maintenance program with CFSTMA Attendees


CFSTMA at Raymond James Stadium

The Central Florida Sports Turf Managers Association sixty plus members and guests conducted a spray calibration CEU training at its August 1, 20018 Chapter Meeting at Raymond James Stadium (RJS). Dave Nowakowski, of Harrell’s and CFSTMA Board member of Education conducted the training. CFSTMA Board and its members want to thank our host, Wayne Ward sports turf manager at RJS for giving the association a “back of the scene” closeup view of the facilities and its operation. It was a real treat to get a group photo on the Buccaneer ship!  Check out the scenes below from the event….

Raymond James Stadium (RJS) Tampa, Florida
CFSTMA President, Dale Croft and Wade Ward,  site host welcome to Ray Jay StadiumMoving sprayer to field for CEU TrainingDavid Nowakowski presents – Sprayer Calibration CEU Training
Members participate in “Hands-on” sprayer Calibration training…
Member & Guest Volunteers assist with collecting sprayer water measurements…
Cleaning nozzles for water volume measurement…                                                    Review of sprayer calibration for product application…
Backstage tour of RJS








Tour of RJS
Mezzanine…North end zone








CFSTMA Members & guests aboard….The Buccaneers Pirate Ship!


Again, thanks to Wayne Ward and his support staff for making this day a memorable Chapter Meeting for CFSTMA!  Remember, CFSTMA members can login to access the knowledge base for this spray calibration and other turf application application formulas.

Hope to see everyone, at CFSTMA’s December 6, 2018 Chapter & Business Meeting at Orlando City Soccer Stadium in Orlando.

So, save the date, login and Register now.