Asparagus Day March 14.

February 26, 2019

Asparagus Day March 14.


NEW ERA – Michigan State University (MSU) Extension and the Michigan Asparagus Industry Research Farm Advisory Committee have scheduled this year’s Oceana Asparagus Day for Thursday, March 14, at the New Era Reformed Church, 4775 First St., from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.

This workshop brings together MSU researchers and industry representatives from inside and outside Michigan to update growers on the latest challenges and opportunities in asparagus production.

Topics of discussion will include an update on Peruvian, Mexican and California production from Gourmet Trading; a presentation on nutrient deficiencies in asparagus from Dr. Carmen Feller, who serves the German industry; updates from the Michigan Agricultural Cooperative Marketing Association (MACMA) – asparagus and Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP); and the latest MSU and industry research on disease, fertility and crop management.

Exhibitors will include chemical companies, agricultural suppliers and commodity organizations.

“Our industry views its partnership with researchers at MSU as an investment that will keep West Michigan asparagus production viable for the long run,” said Ben Werling, Michigan State University Extension educator. “Oceana Asparagus Day, which is organized by both these groups, is a testimony to this commitment.”

A request was made for three Michigan Pesticide Re-certification credits in the categories of private core, commercial core or 1B, and for Certified Crop Advisors’ Continuing Education Units.

The annual MACMA meeting will follow Asparagus Day at the same location.

Early registration is $25. To register call the Oceana County MSU Extension office at 231-873-2129 or stop by the office at 844 South Griswold St., Hart.


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