Date: March 9, 2017
Time: 8:30 a.m.- 3:30 p.m.
Location: New Era Reformed Church, 4775 S First Street, New Era, MI 49446
Contact: Kathy Walicki or Ben Werling, 231-873-2129

Please join us on March 9, 2017 for Oceana Asparagus Day. This year Oceana Asparagus Day will again be held at the New Era Reformed Church in New Era, MI.  Registration and refreshments begin at 8:30 a.m. This will also allow you to check out the exhibit booths on display and speak to their representatives. The meeting will begin at 9 a.m. Lunch will be served and there will be snacks throughout the day. The meeting will adjourn at 3:30 p.m. Please see the attached registration form and tentative agenda.


8:30 – 9 a.m.                                      Registration and Refreshments

9 – 10 a.m.                                        “Current markets and future opportunities for fresh Michigan asparagus” – Melinda Goodman, Full Tilt Marketing 

10 – 10:15 a.m.                                  Break 

10:15 – 10:45 a.m.                              “Asparagus variety trial update” – John Bakker, Michigan Asparagus Advisory Board  

10:45 – 11 a.m.                                  “Anti-backflow preventers for filling sprayers/ benefits of MAEAP” – Dan Busby, MDARD MAEAP Verifier & Lynda
                                                          Herremans, Oceana Conservation District MAEAP Technician 

11 – 11:15 a.m.                                   “Asparagus marketing update” – Norm Myers, Executive Director, MACMA Asparagus Division 

11:15 – 11:30 a.m.                              Break 

11:30 – 12 P.M.                                   “Asparagus irrigation and upcoming fertility research” – Dr. Zack Hayden and Dr. Dan Brainard, MSU
                                                          Dept. Horticulture 

12 – 1:30 p.m.                                     Lunch and view exhibits 

1:30 – 2 p.m.                                      “Asparagus weed control” – Dr. Bernie Zandstra, MSU Dept. of Horticulture 

2 – 2:30 p.m                                       “Update on asparagus disease management” –Dr. Beth Brisco and Dr. Mary Hausbeck, MSU Dept. Plant, Soil
                                                          and Microbial Sciences

 2:30 –3 p.m.                                       “Asparagus insect management update” – Adam Ingrao, and Dr. Amanda Buchanan and Dr. Zsofia Szendrei,
                                                          MSU Dept. Entomology

 3 – 3:15 p.m.                                      Evaluation and adjourn

$25.00 before or on March 3
$40.00 after March 3

** Pesticide recertification credits & CCA credits have been requested for this meeting                                                     


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

If you have any questions please call the Oceana County MSU Extension Office at 231-873-2129.