Asparagus harvest slows in Mid-Columbia

By the Herald staffJune 19, 2013 

Asparagus harvest is drawing to a close in the Mid-Columbia.

A few farmers still were harvesting this week but most had finished.

Gary Larsen of Larsen Farms north of Pasco said it was a good year for asparagus, with average yields and prices that were strong for most of the season.

A few farmers had some difficulties finding enough workers, but Larsen said he was able to find enough to bring in his crop.

There are 5,000 or so acres planted within a 60-mile radius of the Tri-Cities.

Last year, about 4,700 acres of asparagus was harvested in Washington. It was worth about $18.2 million, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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