Asparagus

Michigan asparagus growers get 2013 prices

Michigan asparagus growers will get 78 cents per pound (cash) from the state's asparagus handlers this year – 79.5 cents per pound with payment terms, according to Ken Nye, executive director of the Michigan Agricultural... more »

Vegetable council hands out awards during Great Lakes EXPO

The Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC) handed out two awards during the annual banquet of the Great Lakes Fruit, Vegetable & Farm Market EXPO.Master Farmer AwardThe Master Farmer Award is given in recognition of outstanding farming... more »

New MVC president wants to tackle labor, public relations

Ralph Oomen is in line to become the next president of the Michigan Vegetable Council (MVC). Currently the vice president, he'll start his two-year term as president in 2013.Ralph's family has been farming in western... more »

Sweet corn, peaches pair well for Ohio grower

There aren't many young fruit and vegetable growers out there, and it worries Gordon Hahn. Hahn, 55, grows fruit, vegetable and grain crops in Huron, Ohio. His seed salesman tells him he's one of the... more »

Healthy living and buying local still driving seed trends

When it comes to vegetable seed trends, the story continues to be buying locally grown fruits and vegetables and knowing where your food comes from. Food trends expert Phil Lempert said that consumers have become... more »

Diversification spurs growth for New York farm

There's life beyond wholesaling – a whole lot of it.The family-owned and run Samascott Farm in Kinderhook, N.Y., started out mainly growing apples and wholesaling them to processors. Along the way, the family discovered farmers'... more »

Family, persistence, Twinkies help Ohio farm survive

When Dave Weilnau was growing up, just about every farmer in his part of north-central Ohio sold their vegetables wholesale to local buyers. That's not the case anymore."As far as I know, there's no one... more »

Washington asparagus yields lower than expected because of labor shortage

A cool spring helped Tri-City farmers grow quality asparagus, but farmers said yields were lower than anticipated, partly because of a struggle to find enough workers.Bryan Lynch, co-owner of LF Farms north of Pasco, said... more »

Asparagus labor shortage has cherry growers worried

Washington asparagus growers see a labor shortage that has cost them portions of their crops — and portends a worrisome cherry harvest.As Washington's asparagus season draws to a close, growers have much to feel good... more »

Take steps to improve future asparagus productivity

2012 was an exceptionally difficult year for asparagus growers in the Midwest and Northeast, as well as in some parts of Canada.Because of unusually warm weather in the spring, bud dormancy on the crowns was... more »


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