As asparagus season starts soon, growers worry about labor shortage

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YAKIMA VALLEY, Wash. — Asparagus growers might get a slightly earlier start on this year’s harvest, if the weather cooperates.

“I’m starting to see some movement in the crowns,” said Norm Inaba, a Harrah asparagus grower and member of the Washington Asparagus Commission. If current weather conditions hold, he thinks asparagus cutting could begin as soon as the end of next week. Cold nights — when the temperature dips into the 30s — tend to slow the growth, but the sunshine during the day is warming the ground and the plants, Inaba said.

Whether this year’s crop will live up to past performance remains to be seen, as it depends on the weather and finding people who can cut the spears.

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