The relationship between I.S.T.R.C. “The International Sports Turf Research Center” and the environment has been an ongoing one for over 20 years, beginning in the spring of 1990. Over these 20+ years the I.S.T.R.C System has evolved to identify, and quantify the physical properties of Sports Turf. The I.S.T.R.C. System is the most precise system in the world for measuring the physical properties of sports turf.
The knowledge obtained from I.S.T.R.C. working with primarily Golf Courses [over 2,000] & Athletic Fields from around the world has allowed the sports turf industry to become proactive when it comes to its agricultural practices rather than reactive, and in so doing has in most cases reduced the use of chemicals and water for those facilities that were able to implement the procedures dictated by the science of physical properties.
ISTRC and The Environment
Researcher & Lecturer
During the course of a year I will do between 20 and 30 seminars on the
“Science of Physical Properties” and how it applies to everyday use on golf courses & athletic fields.
The objective of the seminars is to:
8 hour seminar
|3.5 hour seminar|
1. Soil Properties
2. Solid & Pores
3. Roots & Organic Material
4. Turf Types
|1.5 hours||.75 hours|
5. Organic Material
6. Displacement/ Aerification
|1.25 hours||.50 hours|
|7. Real Dollars Cost of aerifying||.75 hours||.50 hours|
|8. Break/Lunch||1.0 hours|
10. Oxigenating Methods & Systems
|1.5 hours||1.25 hours|
12. Water & Irrigation
|1.0 hours||.5 hours|
14. Sand Shapes
15 Binding Agents
|16. Questions & Seminar Evaluation||.5 hours|
In maintaining turf we deal with three identities .
Physical, . Chemical & . Biological. If the PHYSICAL PROPERTIES are not in balance the Chemical & Biological factors cannot function, resulting in increased disease pressures, weaker turf and increased use of chemicals and water.
TO BE ENVIRONMENTLLY SOUND WE MUST
KNOW AND UNDERSTAND THE PHYSICAL PROPERTIES WE ARE WORKING WITH.