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September 2014

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Visit www.iog.org for more information and digital editions hile last year's inaugural Pitch Focus took place solely on the rugby pitch, home of Leeds Rhinos and Leeds Carnegie, this year's event took full advantage of Headingley Carnegie Stadium's unique offering of first- class cricket and top-flight rugby to offer a packed programme of learning and discussion of a range of turf maintenance issues. The event was staged by Everris and partners Syngenta, Bernhard, EnviroMonitors, Lely Toro and Campey Turf Care Systems, along with the venue's head groundsmen Ryan Golding and Andy Fogarty, and their teams. Outfield innovations Syngenta's station addressed the specific challenges presented by spray application at sports stadia and training grounds. Such sites can be exposed and windy with areas of steep slopes and uneven ground on pitch surrounds. They're often areas which are under public scrutiny and turf managers are required to fit applications around play and training schedules. Caroline Carroll and application specialist Tom Robinson explained how XC nozzles counter such issues and provide even coverage of the leaf surface as well as working on undulations and reducing W Sports turf maintenance in focus at Leeds event Grounds managers from across the country gathered at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds last month to see some of the latest innovations and developments in sports turf management and maintenance By: Ellie Parry drift. This means that product gets down evenly to where it is needed. Using a tractor-mounted sprayer, they demonstrated the importance of sprayer set-up to fine tune performance and results, along with the importance of accuracy checks, including the easy to use Syngenta Calibration System. On the Bernhard station, Steve Nixon, Scott Purdy and Jonathan Templar addressed the importance of surgically sharp mowing equipment for improving turf health and performance. With Bernhard's Express Dual and Anglemaster sharpening system set up pitchside, guests were shown how quick and easy it is to sharpen a bottom blade with the Anglemaster and a cylinder blade with the Express Dual. The Bernhard team then demonstrated the correct way to set up a mowing unit, including the importance of the correct bottom blade angles, and the session concluded with the delegation using macroscopes and prism gauges to look at the visible results from a comparison cut between a sharp and a dull blade. The EnviroMonitors team of Jacquie Holdsworth and Jim and Steve Copeland, along with Steve Rogers of Davis UK, introduced a range of handheld tools and equipment to help turf managers optimise their time and inputs using factual data rather than guesswork. Attendees were able to take sample readings on the outfield with the FieldScout Soil Moisture Meter and FieldScout Tru Firm Meter. The data gathered can be relayed to specialist software where it is recorded and analysed to help decision-making about inputs and practices, and to monitor conditions over time. They then took a closer look at meters which monitor light, pH and chlorophyll, as well as the Davis on-site or remote weather monitoring equipment. Irrigation and innovation Roger Lupton and Robert Green from Toro irrigation distributor Lely UK built a working sprinkler rig at their station to demonstrate a range of sprinklers for sports applications and conversion assemblies that change existing sprinklers to Toro. After observing the capabilities and efficiencies of the T7 and TS90 Turf Cup in field sprinklers, attendees saw the new patented Infinity series sprinkler in action. Designed to save turf managers time with the system's future in mind, Robert showed how its Smart Access design provides easy access to all of the sprinkler's critical components without digging. Roger Lupton from Toro distributor Lely (UK) adjusting arc settings on a Toro DT55 sprinkler with artificial turf cover AWARD SPONSOR PROFILE 40 the Groundsman September 2014

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