Close this search box.
Red divider line graphic

67th Annual WPVGA Industry Show

Industry Show Vendors

February 2-4, 2016
Article & Photos by Ruth Faivre, Managing Editor

Industry Show Vendors
Many new vendors like CSS Farms, exhibited at the 2016 WPVGA Show along with returning vendors like Keller, Inc.

Even a major snowstorm proved to be no match for the pulling power of the 2016 UW Extension & WPVGA Grower Education Conference & 67th Industry Show.

Predictions of up to twelve inches of snow for the first day of the show caused many people to arrange to stay overnight in advance.

Although the storm produced a blinding blizzard and several inches of snow, it did not reach the projected twelve inches and everyone hunkered down, attending the numerous conferences and Industry Show vendors who reported record numbers of visitors to their booths, producing new leads and quality time with current customers.

The Grower Education Conferences were filled with growers determined not to let the storm keep them from important information regarding the issues that face them in the coming year.

Old favorites and new presenters focused on a variety of subjects including the all-important water issues of high capacity wells, recharge studies, irrigation technologies and conservation practices; pesticides, insecticides and fungicides; reports on 2015 projects; handling infections and rot; late blight; Wisconsin’s Healthy Grown program; soil mapping and supplements; new crop varieties and much more.

The luncheons, cocktail hour appetizers and Annual Banquet meals produced numerous compliments about the superb quality of the Holiday Inn’s food and drinks. The icing on the cake was the wonderful Annual Banquet entertainment, “Piano Fondue,” a dynamic and interactive dueling piano group, who performed following the awards ceremony.



Bob, Jim Joe Ebben
Bob Ebben (L) and his sons, Jim (middle) and Joe (R), have been attending the WPVGA Industry Show for more years than they can remember. Bob is an Investments/Retirement Planning consultant for Edward Jones, Jim is Operations Manager for Paramount Farms and Joe is a sales consultant for Scaffidi Trucks.
Steve Tatro and Customers
Steve Tatro poses with two of his customers in his company’s booth, T.I.P., Inc.
Big Iron Booth
Bill Zelinski, Big Iron Equipment, Inc. (middle) takes a quick break from the heavy show traffic to relax and chat with Tom Schmidt (L) and J. T. Schroeder.
Butch Fencil
Butch Fencil, Fencil Urethane Systems, celebrates his ‘hole in one’ at Bushmans’ miniature golf display.
AJ Bussan, Steve Diercks, John T. Schroeder
Growers A.J. Bussan (RPE), Steve Diercks (Coloma Farms) and J.T. Schroeder (Schroeder Bros. Farms), take a moment to chat about the potato industry.
Thorpack, LLC
The ThorPack, LLC booth was a constant beehive of activity but Dick Thorpe, CEO (far right) and Marty Kolpack, President (2nd from far right) finally got free enough to take a picture with their staff in front of their colorful and striking displays.
Pavelskis, Brian Wysocki, Mark Klish
Growers like Jeremie (L) & Alicia (R) Pavelski and Brian Wysocki (2nd from left) of Heartland Farms and Mark Klish, Farm Fixation LLC (2nd from right), constantly shuttled between conferences and Industry Show.
Sand County Equipment
Paul Cieslewicz, Sand County Equipment (l), takes a moment for a photo with some of his customers.
Roberts Irrigation
Roberts Irrigation booth was another busy site growers visited.
Jay-Mar Booth
Jeff Sommers (R), Wysocki Produce Farm, visits with the crew operating the Jay-Mar booth.
Volm Companies Booth
Charlie Sankey, Worzella & Sons, meets with the representatives of Volm Companies.
Education Session
Despite the wintry storms, conferences rooms remained filled on a continuous basis. Attendance appeared much busier than previous years.
James Wehinger and Sara hildebrandt
James Wehinger, Rural Mutual Insurance, donated a chainsaw for a giveaway at the company’s WPVGA show booth and is shown here delivering the prize to Sara Hildebrandt, who works for Wysocki Produce Farms.
Jim Drought and Ellie Stapleton
James Drought P. H., GZA GeoEnvironmental, Inc., shown here with his fellow hydrogeologist, Ellie Stapleton, was a first time booth exhibitor and a presenter discussing “advancing water management strategies using groundwater flow models.”
Amy Charkowski
Conference presenter Dr. Amy Charkowski, UW/Plant Pathology, spoke about the Biology and management of bacterial soft rot and common scab resistance in potatoes.
AJ Bussan
A.J. Bussan, PhD, one of the previous researchers in charge of UW projects and now Senior Production Agronomist, Wysocki Produce Farm, Inc., addressed managing nutrients in mixed dairy and vegetable production systems as well as deficit irrigation of potatoes and processing vegetables.
Amanda Gevens
Amanda Gevens, UW/Plant Pathology, examined a number of topics: late blight management, sources of inoculum, factors influencing surface disorders in muck grown potato including black dot and silver scurf and stemphylium pathogen in dry bulb onions.
Russ Groves
Russ Groves, Ph.D., UW/Entomology, reviewed foliar applications of genetic pest control options, potential biological insecticides for control of onion insect pests and optimizing pest thresholds for insect control.
Paul Mitchell
Paul Mitchell, UW/Agricultural and Applied Economics, covered the implications of GMO potato oversupply, buyer restrictions and concessions in acreage.
Jed Colquhoun
Jed Colquhoun, UW/Horticulture, examined weed management in muck grown potato and weed management and resistance overall.
Felix Navarro
Felix Navarro, Ph.D., Hancock Ag Research Station/UW-Madison delved into new variety profiles and results from the Wisconsin Variety Trial, spectroscopic determination of potato variety and PVY infection status and potato variety and advanced germplasm selection.
Jeff Endelman
Jeff Endelman, UW/Horticulture reviewed ensuring clean seed for variety development along with potato breeding and varietal improvement.
Margaret Krome
Margaret Krome, Policy Program Director, Michael Fields Institution, presented information regarding Whole Farm Revenue Protection (WFRP) insurance basics, eligibility and paperwork requirements, premiums, subsidies and incentives for diversified operations together with Harriet Behar, Senior Organic Specialist, MOSES and Roxann Brixen, Operations Unit Manager, Great American Insurance.
Patrick Testin, Andy Diercks, Jim Wysocki
Patrick Testin, Portage County’s Republican Party Chairman, who is running for State Senate in the 24th Senate District in the November general election, is shown here with Andy Diercks, Coloma Farms and Jim Wysocki, Wysocki Family of Companies. The 24th Senate District includes parts of Adams, Marathon, Portage, Marquette, Wood and Waushara counties. Testin spoke at the WPVGA Show luncheon.
Wayne Sollinsky
New WPVGA Associate Board President, Wayne Solinsky, Jay-Mar, Inc., took over the podium at the WPVGA Show luncheon from outgoing President Chris Brooks, Central Door Solutions. Chris received a plaque earlier in the program, which honored his efforts in 2015.
Butch Fencil, Wayne Solinsky
Wayne Solinsky presents WPVGA Associate Board member, Butch Fencil, Fencil Urethane Systems Inc. with a plaque honoring him for all of his contributions over the last four years.
OJ Wojtalewicz
OJ Wojtalwicz, Wysocki Produce Farm, Inc., won one of the limited edition model Lenco Harvesters provided as a door prize for the WPVGA Show luncheon.




Badger CommonTater

Issue Date