Volume 1, Issue 2, May 2012
Use of plastic in green Asparagus production Special points of interest:
The seasonal nature of the asparagus production are using large poly-tunnels, EuroAsper 2012
asparagus crop pushed white on one side and however, the cost of such
growers and researchers black on the other. White tunnels is significantly 1st May Green Asparagus Day
to look for innovations in plastic will have the higher than covering with
order to stretch the opposite effect of black mini-tunnels. QR codes!
season. In France, growers plastic and can suppress To improve build-up of
started to make use of the growth a bit, but both heat in the soil, multiple
plastic as early as the plastics can increase the layers of plastic can be
1960s. Plastic can stretch individual spear-weight used. For example a layer AsparaBuddies ®
the traditional season over and yield. of black biodegradable Tuesday the first of May
a week at the start and To harvest more heat mulch, then plastic and was the first green
end and enables growers growers are making use of finishing with fleece.
of white asparagus to mini-tunnels. These have a Anything to warm the soil. asparagus day. A day
regulate the growth during similar effect as black Use of plastic in asparagus with full attention to the
the season. But what are plastic, but are especially production has a long green asparagus, from
the advantages for green useful in green asparagus history. Many methods are farm to fork.
asparagus production? cultivation since they keep available for white and
Covering of beds with space for the crop to grow. green asparagus. The The event grew from an
plastic keeps heat in the The spears can be picked yields can greatly improve initiative on Twitter, but
soil and will increase the and the beds re-covered and with an extended rapidly gained
growth of the crop. after picking. Even more season, the investment
Common plastics in space is generated by can be returned. momentum and evolved
into a real thing.
˂ Planting for the International Asparagus Cultivar Trial For the many people
involved , we thank all of
˅ Growing under plastic: you for thinking of ways
potential for reducing workload and to participate and show
increasing early returns the best of Britain’s
home grown asparagus.
Officially declared by the
people who know all
about green asparagus;
Hargreaves Plants has
Asparagus Trial Results 2011 over 100 varieties in their
new trial field.
Guelph Millennium is known for its It seems that deeper planted
excellent quality of spear and tips. crowns result in smaller average
To get insight on how to get most of spear weight.
these valuable spears, Hargreaves Density trials have not yet revealed
Plants is performing depth and their full results, but previous
density trials. The first results from research done on this topic suggest
these trials, planted in 2009, are in that planting in higher densities
and I would like to share these does not affect spear weight or yield
preliminary results. negatively. We will keep you up to
date with our trial results. >>>>>>>>
EuroAsper 2012: Granada Spain
Presentations, conversations and field Differentiating and segmenting the
trips. In three days the EuroAsper product is
once again brought the European the way
Asparagus community closer. I would forward for
like to share some of the insights we asparagus.
Contact had during the conference with you. The last
Hargreaves Plants But instead of an impression, I will t h i n g
Cowpers Gate give you some hard facts that I hope growers are
Long Sutton are useful to improve your Asparagus waiting for is
Spalding creating another bulk vegetable.
PE12 9BS Replanting asparagus is questionable Instead, Spanish growers put their
United Kingdom in the UK, but did you know that if bets on the Traditional Origin of
you are forced to replant, data Production seal. A real
Tel: +44 (0)1406 366300
Fax: +44 (0)1406 366321
suggests you would be better off with differentiating characteristic and
Email: email@example.com replanting straight after the old crop together with some love for their
rather than waiting 2-8 years? A home-grown (notch, British
Vincent Dupré, Asparagus Product Manager produce) this sells very well. Biggest
period longer than 8 years is desired,
Tel.: +44 (0) 7887 418934 because growth inhibiting toxins in surprise: Much Spanish asparagus is
the soil are being released in time going from the field through a steam
Jamie Petchell, Commercial Director and then need time to decline again. bath and is being sold canned…
Tel.: +44 (0) 7920 208955
UK Asparagus Production and Crown Availability
From the size of a postage Impressive growth, however,
stamp, the acreage of only possible due to the
asparagus production in specialisation in green
the UK has doubled in the asparagus. The white
last ten years to almost asparagus varieties in Europe
2000 ha in 2012. With this were lifted late this year due
growth in acreage, growth to wetness and as a
in crown supply is consequence, UK growers had
necessary. to wait longer for their crowns
Ha rg rea ves Pl an ts than usual.
increased crown Luckily, the green varieties,
production to around 4 m Millennium and Mondeo, are
crowns in 2012, limited by harvested right at the time
seed availability. they are needed for planting!
HARGREAVES’ QUIET QUEENS
Hargreaves have been comparing eating qualities of the variety were
and contrasting the agronomic and immediately recognised by M&S
culinary attributes of up to 300 who have supported production
different varieties and selections since 2007.
brought together, from all around There have been exciting
the world, onto one trial site in discoveries in green asparagus as
Norfolk. well! The first variety to meet
Best known of the Hargreaves’ universal approval at regular blind
discoveries have been the high tastings was launched by M&S in
yielding varieties Mondeo and 2008 as Royal Crown, especially
Guelph Millennium. Much less sweet and tender, it is still a market
publicised have been the Quiet leader 5 years on.
Queens, the varieties with fantastic New to the market this year is
eating qualities but which are ‘Jubilee’ asparagus, exclusive to
By John Chinn from Cobrey Farms difficult to grow and much lower Tesco Finest and very highly rated
yielding. The first ‘special’ to be by a succession of taste panels; it is
Asparagus is justifiably considered identified was the purple variety a variety for asparagus aficionados
to be the Queen of vegetables and Pacific Purple, so sweet and tender with a very pleasant but
over the last eight years that it is best eaten raw! The special pronounced flavour.