John Deere Sports Turf Stories: Hurricane Matthew

John Deere Sports Turf Stories: Hurricane Matthew


[music] Male 1: If this field could talk, probably
say, “Thanks. Thanks for not overusing me.” You know, we haven’t done a whole lot of other
events in here. Current football season, we’ll mow anywhere
between three and five times a week just to kinda keep that density up and keep the frequency
up a little bit. We don’t resod every year. We don’t do that. They allow me to grow grass and focus on UCF
football. We started looking a couple weeks out and
saw a little storm out in the Atlantic kinda heading our way. Male 2: It’s one of those things in Florida
we always hear that it’s gonna hit us, and they always joke about Florida and never taken
it seriously. This year, I would say with this hurricane,
everybody took it a little more seriously. Male 1: It got to be about Wednesday afternoon
and it sounded like the decision was gonna get made to close the campus and we were not
gonna play… Male 2: For it to cancel a football game,
you know, it kinda get…wakes you up a little bit. Makes you think like, “Wow, maybe this is
gonna be a pretty serious event.” Male 1: We got a lotta rain. About three and a half, four inches of rain. A lotta winds. Didn’t take a lotta damage. We had done a good job at really securing
everything. We’re a seven-man crew, and I can’t say enough
about ’em. You know, we’re often the first ones here
and we’re often the last ones to leave, especially on a football game day. These guys are bought into it and I can’t
thank them enough. Male 3: Robert is one of the more organized
persons that I deal with. Doesn’t get flustered, you know, stays calm,
and I think that emanates down through his…to his crew. Male 4: Three games in a row here in Orlando
is a big deal this time of the year, in the month of November. The grass knows that it’s November. It’s getting cooler. Nighttime temperatures are getting cooler,
and the grass does not recuperate quite as fast as it did even a month ago. Male 5: When the marching band goes, they
practice on a football field. It’s painted. So they are always going up those lines. When football players are playing, it’s always
in between those hashes. So compassion is a big thing that we have
to deal with. And by aerating, top dressing, it really helps
keep things loose and helps the grass grow. It takes a lotta work, a lotta off-season
preparation. A lotta things that we do in the off-season
lead and make the regular season hold up better. Between aerating, verticutting, fertilizing,
top dressing, all those things make the field last longer, adds longevity to it. Male 1: An artificial field looks perfect
if you take a look at it. And being able to do that with natural grass,
guide it, and coax it along, you know, everyday, see if it’s set, see what it needs, providing
those inputs, and to come out here on a Saturday afternoon and have somebody tell you it looks
artificial, it just puts a smile on my face. Why John Deere equipment? Because it’s the best. It’s the most reliable.

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