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Greg Martin Asparagus Looks Good
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Program: Washington State Farm Bureau Report
Date: April 28, 2016

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Asparagus Looks Good. I’m Greg Martin with Washington Ag Today.

One of the very first crops to come up and get harvest is seeing good returns. Gary Larson, Chairman of the Washington Asparagus Commission says they are off to a good start.

LARSON: We’re off to a great start yield-wise; price-wise, not so good. You know it’s funny that prices are on the high side in the grocery store because in the field they’re on the low side. Somebody’s making some money and it’s not going to be the farmers.

Labor is also a big question this year.

LARSON: The labor situation for us has been good. Other growers - I’ve seen some of them where they’ve missed some crews just because you can see parts of the fields that haven’t been harvested and other than that I think most people got everybody that they need.

The Commission is promoting specially designed items using asparagus that will be featured by each food truck during Pasco's Food Truck Friday event during May.

LARSON: Most consumers don’t realize that there’s a domestic season for asparagus which runs probably once you throw California in there it’s March to say the middle of June to the end of June so what we’re trying to do because we’ve got such a limited budget we’re trying to grow the knowledge in Pasco and Tri-Cities area and let it spread out

And that’s Washington Ag Today. I’m Greg Martin, thanks for listening on the Ag Information Network of the West.

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