[Market-farming] Managing Crown Rot in Asparagus when You're trying to be organic

Shoemaker, William H wshoemak at illinois.edu
Mon Aug 4 18:39:50 EDT 2014

Anything you can do to improve soil drainage will help. Some folks will tile their fields. This can be a little expensive but it works. Building soil organic mater helps enormously but it takes time. But then, so does fusarium. Unless the field has a history of fusarium in asparagus, it will probably be years before you see it. Using plow-down green manures between rows during the growing season could be a useful approach.


William H. Shoemaker

Retired fruit and vegetable horticulturist

University of Illinois

wshoemak at illinois.edu<mailto:wshoemak at illinois.edu>

From: Market-farming [market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] on behalf of GarlicGrower [garlicgrower at green-logic.com]
Sent: Monday, August 04, 2014 3:50 PM
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Subject: [Market-farming] Managing Crown Rot in Asparagus when You're trying to be organic

Hi, Folks!
I suspect I’ve got crown rot/fusariam in my asparagus.  I’ve been reading most of the Asparagus Bulletins from New England and it seems to be something that everyone who grows asparagus deals with.  Not certified, but trying to be organic.
Any suggestions to try out or other websites to read?
I’m on heavy clay soil in Southeastern PA.  It’s only Year 2 for this asparagus and there hasn’t been anything but field corn grown in this field for the last 20 years.
(If you have time, check out the new sig/website/blog for the farm!)

Dorene Pasekoff
Hill Creek Farm
75 Creamery Road
Pottstown, PA 19465


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