Bayer Environmental Science Hosts Southern Sports Turf Seminar

Bayer Environmental Science recently hosted a Southern Sports Seminar for area sports turf managers in Charlotte, N.C. The seminar took place at the Bank of America Stadium, which is the home of the Charlotte Panthers NFL team.

More than 40 sports turf managers from North Carolina and South Carolina attended the event, and the managers oversee properties that range from universities to local school districts to minor league baseball parks to local parks and recreation.

Bayer invited four speakers to discuss various topics relating to the management of sports turf grass in the southern region. Casey Reynolds, a turfgrass research associate and North Carolina certified turfgrass professional with North Carolina State Universityís College of Agriculture and Life Sciences, spoke on the Variety Evaluation Program at N.C. State as well as the traffic tolerance of bermudagrass. Reynolds has served as a turfgrass research associate at N.C. State for the past three years and has dealt extensively with variety evaluation of major species use in North Carolina and works with the statewide extension.

Grady Miller, Ph.D., professor of turfgrass science at N.C. State, discussed agronomic trends for bermudagrass sports turf maintenance. Prior to joining the faculty at N.C. State, Miller spent more than 11 years as a turfgrass faculty member at the University of Florida in Gainesville. He has taught university courses in turfgrass culture, golf and sports turf management and research methodology.

Fred Yelverton, Ph.D., professor of crop science at N.C. State and co-director for the Center of Turfgrass Environmental Research and Education, spoke on transition of bermudagrass sports turf. Yelverton conducts research and extension programs in turfgrass weed management and plant growth regulators. He also teaches a course in turfgrass weed management at N.C. State.

Bruce Monke, Ph.D., manager of field development and technical services for Bayer Environmental Science, discussed a research overview of Revolver herbicide. Monke has more than 20 years experience managing personnel and projects in diverse agricultural and urban pest management markets. He is an entomologist by training with masterís and Ph.D. degrees in entomology from the University of Nebraska.

Following the presentations, the attendees received a tour of the stadium field and practice fields of the Bank of America Stadium from Tom Vaughan, head groundskeeper.

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