When the Tampa Bay Rowdies hit the field at Al Lang Stadium in downtown St. Petersburg, Florida, they slide tackle, cross, and lob on top of the turf that Jeff Parkinson painstakingly manicured for years.
But Jeff approaches the project knowing it’s going to face that type of abuse.
As Director of Grounds, Jeff takes care of two fields – the stadium field and a practice field – for the professional soccer team, part of the North American Soccer League. It’s owned by Big 3 Entertainment.
Jeff must keep the turf healthy to minimize the chance of players getting injured.
With fall just around the corner, there’s likely farmers out there dreading the task of picking up the plastic mulch that helped their produce crops flourish this spring and summer. Picking up plastic mulch by hand is dirty, strenuous and time-consuming.
At Pine Valley Farms in Rochester Mills, Pa., Jeff and Kegan Wright plan to get their 21 acres of mulch lifted and rolled in less than 13 hours using CropCares PR2500, also known as the Plastic Mulch Lifter/Wrapper. Continue reading ..
A sprayer helps forage growers reap a successful harvest through weed control, preservative/fungicide application, and pest control.
Before spraying, farmers should consider the economic threshold and impact on ecosystems.
“I do not recommend that farmers just spray without knowing that the economic benefit of spraying will be equal to or greater than the cost of spraying,” says Marvin Hall, Pennsylvania State University’s forage management specialist. Continue reading ..