[NAFEX] growing asparagus commercially

Brungardt, Sam Sam.Brungardt at state.mn.us
Tue May 29 10:46:34 EDT 2007


Also, see the Univ. of Mo. extension publication at
http://extension.missouri.edu/explore/agguides/hort/g06405.htm . -- Sam
Brungardt, St. Paul, Minn.
 
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[mailto:nafex-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] On Behalf Of SuziRT
Sent: Tuesday, May 29, 2007 9:31 AM
To: North American Fruit Explorers
Subject: Re: [NAFEX] growing asparagus commercially


Rick,
Two links for you:
1)  White Asparagus Production in Alberta
http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex5444?opend
ocument 
 
2)  ATTRA has a publication on growing asparagus organically (as well as
many fruits, vegetables and other crops - it's a great resource!). The
link to the list of veggie crops is:
http://www.attra.org/horticultural.html#Vegetables
scroll down to find "Orgainic Asparagus Production." 
There are links to the html and pdf versions.  However, at the top of
the html formated page is the message: 

This publication contains references to enclosures which are available
in hard copy only. Please call our toll free number to receive a copy.
1-800-346-9140

The reason I mention that is becuase this pub has a paragraph pertaining
to white asparagus production (see below) referring to an enclosed
article. This article isn't in the electronic version, hence you need to
call ATTRA. 
 
Good luck on growing 'gus!!
----Suzi
Librarian, Paul Evans Library of Fruit Science, Missouri State
University

White Asparagus


White asparagus is produced when spears are grown in the absence of
light. White asparagus has a milder flavor than green asparagus and thus
brings a higher ("gourmet") market price. The traditional practice for
blanching asparagus was to mound up soil or straw over the asparagus
row. Hand labor was required to manage and harvest the mounds and
consequently the mound technique is no longer practiced in the U.S.

Dr. Don Makus, while research horticulturist with the USDA Agricultural
Research Service in Booneville, Arkansas, perfected the use of simple
row tunnels covered with black, opaque plastic to produce white
asparagus. (Dr. Makus has since relocated to a USDA station in Texas.)
Enclosed is White Asparagus Production Using Opaque Plastic Covers, an
article describing this technique. 

[White Asparagus Production Using Opaque Plastic Covers in: Arkansas
farm research - Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station. 40, no. 2
(Mar/Apr 1991. ): p. 10-11.]

 
On 5/27/07, Rick Hurd <ricksindexing at hotmail.com> wrote: 

Hello,

Could someone please direct me to a good source of information on
growing asparagus commercially? Any information would be appreciated. I
am interested in growing "white" asparagus organically. 

I reside in N. E. Missouri. USA, and have about two feet of good rich
clay topsoil. 

Thank You in advance.

Sincerely,

Rick Hurd.


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