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The benefits of removing garlic scapes

The wild ancestors of today’s garlic, Allium sativum, originated thousands of years ago in what is believed to be garlic’s center of origin, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan. Garlic spread across the globe as it became a popular vegetable, spice, and medicinal plant. The varieties of cultivars we have today were each selected for Continue reading The benefits of removing garlic scapes

Difficult Decisions for Asparagus Harvest

Determining an ideal harvest duration can be a difficult decision in asparagus. Yield targets are often based on:

  • the age of the plantation,
  • tonnage,
  • calendar date,
  • market price,
  • number of picks, and
  • overall spear quality.

2015 has been an interesting year for asparagus. After a long wait, it started with a bang. Many growers reported record yields in the first weeks of picking. Then it slowed down, followed by unusually dry soil conditions.

For the most part, we were expecting good crown health heading into this season. 2014 was cooler and wetter than average, but foliar diseases were well managed and there was a good gradual senescence before freeze up.

That being said, over the past few weeks there has been a noticeable decline in spear quality, with a high proportion of pencil-thin whips in the fields. Understandably, growers are concerned and looking for possible causes. Continue reading Difficult Decisions for Asparagus Harvest