Asparagus

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 »

Obituary: Byron Carpenter

Byron Eugene “Murphy” Carpenter of Grand Haven, Michigan, a long-time supporter of the state's vegetable industry, died Aug. 28. He was 93.Carpenter served as executive secretary of the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) from 1992 to... more »

Minnesota farm focuses on local sales

Operating a diversified fruit and vegetable farm within view of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, has put Sekapp Orchard in prime position to draw retail followers from across the region.The farm is currently operated by Terrence (Fred)... more »

Washington asparagus growers pursuing a rebound

The Washington state asparagus industry has taken a number of blows in the past couple of decades, but it appears the rocky road may be smoothing out a bit as new opportunities are seen on... more »

Michigan asparagus crop could be delayed

A long, cold winter won't cripple Oceana County's signature crop of asparagus.The only possible downside is that the crisp spears may be harvested slightly later than its usual first harvest of May 10. mLiveClick here... more »

Michigan asparagus growers get 1-cent price increase

Michigan asparagus growers won’t receive the price boost they saw in 2013, but a 1-cent-per-pound hike for 2014 is seen as a positive sign for the industry.Handlers will pay 79 cents per pound (cash) for... more »


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