Asparagus

Maintain quality during postharvest handling

Successful marketing of fresh fruits and vegetables depends on maintaining the quality through harvest and beyond.Marita Cantwell, postharvest specialist at the University of California, Davis, said in a presentation at the Mid-Atlantic Fruit & Vegetable... more »

Control herbicide-resistant pigweeds in asparagus with alternative modes of action

The Photosystem II (PS II) inhibiting herbicides have been used successfully in asparagus production for over 50 years. Current PS II inhibitors labeled for use in asparagus include Karmex (diuron), Lorox (linuron), Sinbar (terbacil) and... more »

Reduce the temperature of asparagus once it’s harvested

Randy Beaudry has respect for the makeup of what he believes is the most perishable of vegetables – asparagus. "Asparagus is kind of an amazing vegetable," said the professor in Michigan State University's Department of... more »

Cool asparagus as quickly as possible once harvested

Randy Beaudry has respect for the makeup of what he believes is the most perishable of vegetables – asparagus."Asparagus is kind of an amazing vegetable," said the professor in Michigan State University's Department of Horticulture,... more »

California drought showing no signs of relenting

Although early February storms brought much-needed precipitation to California, they only made a small dent in the four-year-old drought, water managers said.Many of the state's vegetable growers said they still don't expect any surface water... more »

Michigan asparagus price is unchanged

Michigan asparagus growers will receive the same price they saw in 2014.Handlers will pay 79 cents per pound (cash) for the growers' asparagus this year – 80.5 cents per pound with payment terms, according to... more »

MSU bulletin provides information on asparagus insect pests, diseases

Michigan State University Extension has developed “Disease and Insect Pests of Asparagus,” a new bulletin that helps scouts and growers learn about the pest complex attacking asparagus. This resource is aimed at new scouts, new... more »

H-2A project expanding to include vegetable growers

For Michigan's fruit and vegetable growers, use of the federal H-2A program – which allows agricultural employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis – was almost nonexistent before last year, when four apple... more »

Michigan H-2A project expanding to include asparagus

For Michigan's fruit and vegetable growers, use of the federal H-2A program – which allows agricultural employers to hire foreign workers on a temporary basis – was almost nonexistent before last year, when four apple... more »

Waterjet cutting shows promise for produce items

The use of high-pressure jets of water as a way to cut produce may be beginning to emerge as an alternative for fresh-cut processors.The technology for waterjet cutting has been around for decades, first appearing... more »

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