Performance Resource Management
ATTN: Parker Cohn
March 11, 2023
Revealing the Science Winning the IPM Awards
SACRAMENTO, California (Feb. 23, 2023) – On Thursday, Feb. 23, the California Department of Pesticide Regulation (DPR) recognized Oracle Park for their innovation and commitment to progressive field maintenance at the department’s annual Integrated Pest Management Achievement Awards ceremony.
The Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Achievement Awards celebrate organizations and individuals who implement IPM in California. IPM approaches soil health with a long-term mindset to avoid both toxicity and pests. Recipients are judged based on research and overall impact of research findings on IPM.
Performance Resource Management (PRM) is the primary component for Oracle Park’s state recognized weed management initiative. The PRM biological nutrition program focuses on improving soil health to support high-quality, high-performance turf and to minimize and prevent turf pest problems. Innovative technologies such as drones, autonomous mowers, soil sensors and a sub air system are also used to control soil conditions.
“Building on the foundation of effective integrated pest management approaches in urban and agricultural environments is critical to accelerating a statewide transition to sustainable practices,” said DPR Director Julie Henderson. “The awardees we are recognizing are leaders in the advancement of new tools and practices and expanding adoption of integrated pest management. They are valuable stewards of our state’s natural resources and an inspiration to future generations.”
For managing weeds with IPM, prioritizing sustainability, field aesthetics and athletic safety
- Award winner: Oracle Park
Oracle Park, located in San Francisco, is home of the San Francisco Giants. When caring for a Major League Baseball (MLB) field, managers typically have a low threshold for turf weeds to avoid player injury and to maintain the aesthetic quality of the field. Oracle Park invests in a unique sustainability-centered turf management approach with novel and innovative practices for weed management. Oracle Park’s unique sustainability-centered approach is a cutting-edge, first-of-its-kind IPM model for turf management at MLB ballparks.
Oracle Park is the first sports field to be recognized by the State of California with an Integrated Pest Management Achievement Award.
Learn more about the fiscal and social return on investment that adopting cutting-edge IPM strategies can provide for your company. If you are interested in learning more about IPM initiatives for your company, reach out to PRM for your custom baseline soil assessment.
Announcement from California DPR’s website: https://www.cdpr.ca.gov/docs/pressrls/2023/022123.htm
Oracle Park’s Winner Spotlight Video: https://youtu.be/DfOOchAV8h0
Full Ceremony Video: https://youtu.be/0qhHmI4RMbQ