Luke Yoder to Present at Premier Industry Event at New Venue near Nashville

2015 University of Tennessee Turf and Ornamental Field Day

​The​ 2016 University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day will be held on Sept. 8 in Franklin, Tenn. The educational event for turf and landscape professionals is expected to attract more than 500 attendees. UT turfgrass experts, like Jim Brosnan (shown above left near placard), and former MLB field manager Luke Yoder will be featured speakers.  Photo courtesy UTIA. Download image.

FRANKLIN, Tenn. – More than 500 green industry professionals from throughout the southeastern United States are expected to attend the 2016 University of Tennessee Turf & Ornamental Field Day on September 8. The event will be held at a new venue, the Little Course in Franklin. The UT Turf & Ornamental Field Day is becoming known as one of the premier educational events for golf course managers, landscape managers and others interested in turfgrass and ornamental landscape management.

Traditionally held at UT’s East Tennessee AgResearch and Education Center in Knoxville, the 2016 event is changing venues this year. The Little Course will be the central hub for the event and home to event registration, breakfast and lunch as well as breakout sessions focused on golf course, lawn and landscape management. Attendees interested in athletic field management will be transported to Battle Ground Academy for a special session led by former Major League Baseball field manager, Luke Yoder.

Yoder is formerly of the San Diego Padres’ organization and also worked with the Pittsburgh Pirates. He currently represents Ewing Irrigation and Landscape Supply as its national sports field specialist.

The Little Course is located at 400 Franklin Road in Franklin, Tenn., which is a short drive south of Nashville.

Sessions at the field day will focus on optimal strategies for managing infestations of turfgrass weeds and diseases, cultivar evaluations, and athletic field turf and ornamental plant materials. In addition, the UT Turf & Ornamental Field Day is an excellent opportunity for green industry members to earn recertification and continuing education credits.

The Tennessee Department of Agriculture will provide attendees as many as four pesticide recertification credits in categories C1, C3, C6, C10, and C12. Pesticide recertification will be available for North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Virginia, Kentucky, and Mississippi attendees as well. Moreover, continuing education credits will be provided for members of the Golf Course Superintendents of America and International Society of Arboriculture, as well as Certified Crop Advisors. Similar to previous years, a mobile application has also been developed to enhance attendees’ field day experiences. This application will be available via iTunes and Google Play later this summer.

Pre-registration for the 2016 Turf & Ornamental Field Day will be open in July and run until August 25. All attendees are encouraged to pre-register to take advantage of reduced registration costs.

More information on pre-registration and other event details can be found by visiting the website Individuals are also encouraged to follow the event on social media platforms using the hashtag #UTTurfFD16.

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Jim Brosnan, UT Department of Plant Sciences, 865-974-8603,