The 2016 HGT producers’ meeting was held on Thursday, August 11 in Chicago, IL. Eleven producers, representing almost 80 % of the HGT production acres in the Upper Midwest Region, were on hand to hear the latest marketing strategies, presented by Christian Broucqsault. Also attending the meeting was Jerad Minnick, lead advisor for The Natural Grass Advisory Group, who participated in a production roundtable on the shared successes and challenges experience by HGT producers. Chris Quinlan from Barenbrug was also on hand to share information on next season’s HGT seed blend and availability. In the afternoon the group toured Toyota Field, home of the MLS Chicago Fire, which makes use of HGT sod on their practice fields and is overseeded with RPR.
That evening the group took in a baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals at Wrigley Field. Also in attendance from Sod Solutions were Tobey Wagner, Joel Lane, Julie Adamski, and Donna Waldrep, Sod Solutions’ new Executive Director of Marketing.