Melanie Bonds 
Alabama Turfgrass Association 
334 8213000 


Wednesday, February 12, 2020 from 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM CST

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens 
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham, AL 35223

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ATA Road Show Seminar-Birmingham-February 12, 2020 

The Alabama Turfgrass Association is on the road again in 2020 bringing you great educational opportunities.  Join us in Birmingham, Alabama on Wednesday, February 12th, at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens.  This seminar will feature educational sessions on the most current topics for turfgrass managers.  Pesticide re-certification points will be available for Alabama, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi and Georgia.  We are also offering GCSAA PDI points and Certified Crop Advisors points.

Join us in Birmingham during the cold, winter month of February for a great day of education with other turfgrass managers around the area.  

Register today!  We'll see you in Birmingham on February 12th.


2020 ATA Road Show Schedule:

8:00 am     Registration

9:00 am   Control of Troublesome Weeds in Turf - 

 Overview of results from 2019 trials and  research at Auburn, Jim Harris, Auburn University

10:00 am Soil Testing for Information and Profit

 Why should you soil test?  What can a soil  test provide for you, and how can  you  use this information in your program?  This  talk will cover the utility of soil tests,  and how to get useful information from the  soil test report.  We’ll discuss the items  a soil test might contain, and why that  information may or may not be useful. - Dr.  Beth Guertal and Dr. Audrey Gamble,  Auburn University

10:50 AM     Break

11:00 AM  Responsible use of insecticides for common pests in turfgrass

 This presentation  discusses the current recommendations for the common pests of turfgrass.  In  addition, it will highlight concerns with non-target effects and pays  special attention to insecticide resistance management. -  David Held, Ph.D.,  Katelyn  Kersheimer, Ph.D., Auburn University

 12:00 PM             Lunch (included with registration) - sponsored by PBI/Gordon      

 1:00 pm  Drone Technology to Improve Turfgrass Management Efficiency

 Turfgrass  managers have seen unbelievable change in equipment, tools and technology. It may  seem farfetched, but in the near future drones may be standard equipment for  turfgrass managers across our industry. This presentation will discuss the history,  types and uses of drones. Registration and pilot certification will also be covered  along with the different sensors and cameras being used today. Final comments will  explore how this technology could benefit the turfgrass manager. - James Horton,  Horticulturist, Retired from Birmingham Botanical Gardens

1:50 AM       Break

 2:00 PM       Ride-On Applicators: A New Method of Chemical Delivery

 This presentation will  cover how chemicals, both wet and dry formulations have been applied in the past  and how the new ride-on applicators can make a difference in your operations now  and in the future. Growth in the turf business is ever changing and product solutions are designed to help turfgrass managers meet their needs. Manhour and  chemical cost savings as well as proper use, transport and calibration are just some  of what will be presented. - Toro

   3:00 pm             Adjournment—Pesticide and CEU Sign-ups

(Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, Florida, Mississippi Pesticide points,Certified Crop Advisor,                                      GCSAA) 

*  Presentation order and speakers are subject to change depending on location.