Asparagus

Tips to curb asparagus disease damage

Foliar disease damage from purple spot and soilborne disease damage from crown and root rots are still major threats to asparagus. That’s the message from Mary Hausbeck, Michigan State University vegetable disease pathologist. Hausbeck talked... more »

Asparagus Day a discussion forum

International expertise, regional research and industry insights were presented to Michigan asparagus growers on March 11 at Oceana Asparagus Day. Twelve months ago, COVID-19 was just beginning and a few lockdown procedures were in place.... more »

Krohne Plant Farms nursery operation sold

Friends within a niche of the specialty crops industry signed papers in December to transfer the strawberry and asparagus nursery sales operation of Michigan’s Krohne Plant Farms Inc. to the Indiana Berry & Plant Co.... more »

Markets recovering from COVID-19

Vegetable growers’ biggest obstacle seems to be market demand diminished by the COVID-19 pandemic that for months shut down restaurants and food service, and complicated farm operations and distribution. In early June, growers were getting... more »

Michigan asparagus season kicks off in time for holiday

As consumers eagerly await the arrival of this season’s crop of Michigan asparagus, the weather decided to make them wait just a little longer. Cooler temperatures in late April and early May – and even... more »

US asparagus crop down slightly, but up in Michigan

The 2017 U.S. asparagus crop is down just 1 percent from last year, but up in Michigan according to numbers released this week by the USDA. In 2017, the national crop totaled 701,000 cwt, or... more »

Springtime is cutworm time in asparagus

Michigan asparagus is attacked by white cutworms, Euxoa scandens, and dark-sided cutworms, Euxoa messoria. Both species overwinter in Michigan, are present in many habitats and feed on many plants. White cutworm... more »

Dutch company offers asparagus weighing machine

Christiaens Agro Systems, a Dutch company, is offering a weighing machine for making asparagus packages.The machine consists of a line with a conveyor belt and a packaging apparatus. The line weighs every single spear and... more »

Buyer beware: Farm labor contracts require scrutiny

Craig Anderson had some pointed advice for asparagus growers who were contemplating the use of farm labor contractors this spring to help fill gaps in their shrinking employment pool."We know a lot of them say,... more »

Lack of labor puts Michigan asparagus harvest on hold

Michigan asparagus is ready to be harvested, but a lack of labor is putting things on hold.And this isn't a new issue. Here's more from WZZM13, a television station based out of Grand Rapids, Michigan:Asparagus... more »

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