New Waves April 2010

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Athletic field irrigation workshop held April 16

Coaches, athletic directors and others involved in caring for natural turf athletic fields were invited to attend a free one-day short course on how best to do that, according to an official with the Texas AgriLife Extension Service.

"The way to develop a quality turf involves gaining knowledge, learning how to do it from research-based experts. That's what this workshop offers," said Dr. Ruben Saldana, an AgriLife Extension director in Weslaco.

The Athletic Field Irrigation Audit Workshop was held April 16 at the La Feria Independent School District's staff development center, Saldana said.

This workshop was part of the Texas Water Resources Institute’s Pesticide Education in the Coastal Zone of the Arroyo Colorado Watershed project, which is funded by the General Land Office.

Participants learned how to estimate water needs for their turf and set up a proper irrigation schedule to conserve water while maintaining turf quality. The management of athletic fields was also discussed, Saldana said. The La Feria, Rio Hondo and Santa Rosa independent school districts hosted the workshop. It included an educational tour and instruction on athletic field management by Dr. James McAfee, an AgriLife Extension turf grass specialist located in Dallas.

To read the AgriLife News story, click here.

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