July 23, 2019
- Message from Dr. Silvertooth
- Direct to Campus Update
- New Extension Publication
- Sports Field Turfgrass Field Day
Message from the Associate Dean and Extension Director In the Tuesday Morning Notes of 16 July 2019, I offered some comments regarding our efforts to broaden the reach of the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension System (CES) in an effort to deliver on our mission to the entire state of Arizona. I clearly recognize the challenge of doing this with the limited resources that we have to work with.
Similarly, I acknowledge our need to find effective ways to track and measure our progress in this effort. Developing and maintaining a record of Extension participants is always a challenge, partially due to the tremendous diversity of program delivery that we provide in the CES.
We commonly employ the AAP-5 forms to record basic records of participants in face-to-face program events. In 4-H, we utilize 4-H Online to generate the ES237 forms to record program participants. Additionally, the Designated Campus Colleague system is essential for enrolling the more than 5,000 volunteers we have in the CES every year.
We need to continue to utilize these tools for measuring the reach of the CES. It is important that we work creatively to develop and incorporate new and better methods of tracking and measuring the CES reach across this broad and diverse population of Arizona.
Direct to Campus Update
Effective July 19, 2019, the Direct to Campus request portal is no longer required to order promotional products. Departments, colleges and student clubs can contact one of our 12 licensed vendors (plus 4 additional vendors for trophies and awards only) below directly to request promotional product quotes. In addition, the same guidelines will still apply to all scrubs and lab/white coat orders—Anton Sport and ProForma are the exclusive suppliers for those items. Any pending orders will be processed through the Bookstore. If you have questions about pending orders or quotes, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Remember, the Direct to Campus program is separate from the licensing approval process. It’s still crucial to engage with one of our licensed vendors early as they are well-versed in the licensing approval process and can help you navigate necessary approvals. Those twelve vendors are below with more detailed contact information on the Licensing page on licensing.arizona.edu – for ease the direct link to the vendors complete with contact info is here.
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New Extension Publication
Seed ball strategies for gardening and restoration in arid landscapes
To overcome challenges associated with gardening and restoration in arid landscapes, many techniques have been developed, including the strategic placement of irrigation lines, the application of mulch, and the improved selection of plant species and varieties. One technique that shows particular promise across both research and practitioner groups is the use and deployment of seed balls.
Seed balls (also referred to as ‘seed pellets’ or ‘seed bombs’) are structures typically made of clay, compost, water and seed (but can include a huge range of ingredients including soil, rock dust, cat litter, coffee grounds, cayenne pepper, sand, worm castings and mycorrhizal fungi). These structures can ameliorate conditions that contribute to failure in arid land restoration (Madsen et al. 2016), including dry conditions that exacerbate seed desiccation stress and create soil crusts that limit seedling establishment, as well as seed loss via predation (typically by rodents and ants). Seed balls also serve to enhance seed to soil contact and reduce seed redistribution by wind. In theory, seeds are protected in the structure until adequate rainfall removes the surrounding clay and a small pocket of nutrients from the compost component of the seed ball nourishes the seedlings as they emerge. Seed balls are cheap and easy to make and can enhance germination of seeded species (Pedrini et al. 2017).
Sports Field Turfgrass Management Field Day
Sign up now online to attend the Sports Field Turfgrass Management Field Day & EXPO on August 1 in Peoria.
The annual Sports Field Turfgrass Management Field Day & EXPO will be hosted by the Arizona Sports Turf Managers Association, The University of Arizona Cooperative Extension Turfgrass Program, and the Peoria Sports Complex on Thursday, August 1 in Peoria. The Field Day program is finalized and will feature presentations for “Game Day Prep” by Brian Johnson of ASU and Darren Criswell of UA. More educational topics during the EXPO will feature pest management, spray nozzle technologies, alternatives to glyphosate, pesticide safety, irrigation audits, soil moisture and firmness, logo painting and field striping, baseball infield skins and mound and plate maintenance. The AZ Dept of Ag approved 1 hour CEU for the event. The EXPO will be the highlight of the day that will provide attendees time to view and visit with partnering allied turf vendors.
The Field Day & EXPO supporters to date include: Athletic Applicators; Brandt; Ewing Irrigation; Farms Choice - Hickman’s; Gowan; Horizon; Hunter Industries; Pioneer Athletics; Profile Products; Site One; Stabilizer Solutions; Steiger Services; Stotz Equipment - John Deere; Syngenta; Target Specialty; Toro - Simpson Norton; West Coast Turf.