Football field management

Images collected by Bryan Overstreet, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator, Purdue Extension – Jasper County

About halfway through the football season, images were taken to identify major wear and tear on the field. The top edge of the image is where the home bench is and the bottom edge is for visiting teams. There were a couple of rainy Friday-night games in between the capture of these two images and damage is clear due to activity. This data helped the grounds crew to take corrective action in specific areas.

 

September 2018
October 2018

This project expanded in 2019 to also include Clinton Prairie High School and Ross-Ade Stadium. Groundskeepers and turf managers were not only interested in areas of wear and tear but also maintenance strategies to address these issues and more.

Rensselaer High School

Images collected by Bryan Overstreet, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator, Purdue Extension – Jasper County

You can see wear on the field throughout the football season, but the brown edges on the outskirts of the field in September represent drought. Identifying the problem early helped groundskeepers adjust the problem with irrigation.

9-17-19
10-17-19
10-23-19

Clinton Prairie High School

Images collected by Adam Shanks, Agriculture & Natural Resources Educator, Purdue Extension – Clinton County

There is much more wear along the center of the field later in the season.

8-30-19
8-30-19

Ross-Ade Stadium

Flown by John Scott, Digital Agriculture Extension Coordinator, Purdue Extension

Purdue Athletics teamed up with Purdue Extension to fly Ross-Ade Stadium weekly from August 9 through the end of the 2019 football season. The images below correspond with the week before and after each home game. Because of environmental conditions and time constraints, not all imagery was collected the same day or time of each week. However, all flight patterns are identical.

9-3-19

A pre-season map after two scrimmages and four days before the first home game.

9-9-19

The week after first home game. Some wear is evident, especially toward the end zone.

9-16-19

The week after the second home game and wear is evident across the field.

10-2-19

The week after the third home game with wear patterns forming across the field. The quality of the map is poor due to shadowing.

10-8-19

The week before the fourth home game showing improved turf health as a result of field preparation.

Turf Examples

Picture taken by thermal camera detected a significant temperature differences
Heat stress in home lawn

A thermal camera was used over a residential yard to identify problematic areas due to heat...

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Image of a football field
Football field management

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Image of a soccer field
Soccer field at Rossville High School

A stitched orthomosaic image (left) and a plant health image (right) show machine- and human-wear...

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Image of a baseball field
Post-season baseball field

This stitched orthomosaic image and plant health image was taken in September after baseball...

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Image of a golf course, lake in the middle
Golf course

Golf courses are among the intensely managed turf systems. Different courses – and even...

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Image of a house with lawn after mowing
Residential yard

This stitched map was taken to observe turf and tree health. It was possible to see turf around...

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