The WSTMA sponsored research with the University of Wisconsin this year studying the use of Plant Growth Regulators on Sports Turf and the turfs response to traffic while using PGR's. View Video here

Winter 2020 Newsletter

VOLUME 21, ISSUE 3 WINTER 2020.pdf

Message From the WSTMA President

Greetings All,

Well, here it is, my final Fertilizer Message. As of February 11th, the Gavel has been passed to Josh Viet of Midwest Athletic Fields and he will be your President for the next 2 years. Welcome Josh, I know the WSTMA is in good hands.

But, you don't completely get rid of me as I am officially now the WSTMA Chapter Manager. It gives me the opportunity to continue to support Sports Turf Managers in Wisconsin and help in delivering educational opportunities and other tools to help them be successful in there pursuit of safe, healthy and aesthetically pleasing playing surfaces.

We had our Season beginning Board meeting on February 11th (which on a "normal" year coincides with the Winter Education Conference).

This is a perfect dovetail into a decision we made to hold a FIELD DAY !! Save the date for July 28th as we will be holding a WSTMA Field day at Wausau West High School. Our host will be Rex Zemke and the tentative agenda looks exciting. Rest assured, we will be following safe protocols regarding your health. Watch for more details!!!

Next up, please join me in welcoming our new Board Members!!

Ryan Woodley of the Milwaukee Brewers
Lee Black of Darlington School District
Kyle Slaton of the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers
Returning Board Members:
Josh Viet...President
Ron Novinska...President Elect
Mark Robel...Commercial VP
Al Behnke...Treasurer
Mike Miller...Board Member
Rex Zemke...Board Member
Todd Putz....Board Member
Ryan Rusch..Board Member
We all look forward to serving you! Please do not hesitate to contact any of our fine Board Members.

In other news:

  • We will be offering a "Field of the Year" contest. We are putting together details and will be putting out the official announcement soon. 
  • We will be offering some opportunities to show your writing skills. We are looking for articles from you for various subjects and you will have an opportunity to win some of the new WSTMA apparel we now have. 
  • Speaking of apparel we now have WSTMA Wind shirts, Jackets and Hats. 

So, we have a lot of great things coming this season so please keep an eye on your email and check the Website. Remember, we have a Member Forum on the Website so if you have any subjects or questions you want to put out to your peers, please do so. Also, we are acquiring more Educational videos and such all the time and they will also be posted on the Website.

That's all I have for now. It's been a true honor and pleasure being your President over the last 2 years. I hope to see you all at the Field Days and Conferences coming in the future.

To you and yours'....please take care of each other and be well.

May your roots be healthy!
Michael Krupke

President WSTMA


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