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!