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<p>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.</p>
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<p>Bill</p>
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<p><strong>William H. Shoemaker </strong></p>
<p><em>Retired fruit and vegetable horticulturist</em></p>
<p><em>University of Illinois</em></p>
<p><a href="mailto:wshoemak@illinois.edu">wshoemak@illinois.edu</a></p>
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<div id="divRpF376450" style="DIRECTION: ltr"><font color="#000000" size="2" face="Tahoma"><b>From:</b> Market-farming [market-farming-bounces@lists.ibiblio.org] on behalf of GarlicGrower [garlicgrower@green-logic.com]<br>
<b>Sent:</b> Monday, August 04, 2014 3:50 PM<br>
<b>To:</b> 'Market Farming'<br>
<b>Subject:</b> [Market-farming] Managing Crown Rot in Asparagus when You're trying to be organic<br>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Hi, Folks!</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">I suspect Iíve got crown rot/fusariam in my asparagus.  Iíve 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.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Any suggestions to try out or other websites to read? 
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Iím on heavy clay soil in Southeastern PA.  Itís only Year 2 for this asparagus and there hasnít been anything but field corn grown in this field for the last 20 years.</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">(If you have time, check out the new sig/website/blog for the farm!)</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Thanks!</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Dorene</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Dorene Pasekoff</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Hill Creek Farm</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">75 Creamery Road</span></p>
<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">Pottstown, PA 19465</span></p>
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<p class="MsoNormal"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: "Arial","sans-serif"; COLOR: #1f497d">http://www.hillcreekfarmpa.com/</span></p>
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