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Little steps. BIG IMPACT

HORT/LA research aims to improve field surface hardness COWBOY JOURNAL, OSU College of Agricultural Sciences and Natural Resources Volume 21 Number 1 . Winter/Spring 2019
Little steps. BIG IMPACT

The OSU football team practices on natural and artifical turf fields. Natural, on the left, is less common in the Big 12.

By Kassidy Weathers, Hinton, OK

The Green Bay Packers and the Indianapolis Colts were set to open the 20176 National Football League season at the Hall of Fame Game on Aug. 7 in Canton, Ohio, until the grounds crew deemed the turf at Tom Benson Hall of Fame Stadium unplayable. This marked the first time an NFL preseason game was cancelled because of field conditions.

"The field surface is the most important part of the game," said Chrissie Segars, who earned her Oklahoma State University doctorate in crop science in 2017. "If we don't have a safe plahing surface, then the athletes are at risk and cannot play to their highest potential."

Segars worked with Justin Moss, horticulture and landscape architecture associate professor, to study field surface harness and how improving field management practices can affect the overall hardness levels of football fields.

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