Growers Seeing Decrease in Asparagus Crop



Lupe Mejia described the flood that struck the Haas Farm a few weeks ago.

After 30 years of growing and maintaining asparagus crops, he's seen it all.

"If you have hot weather and then cold [weather], your asparagus is going to get shocked and won't [grow]," said Mejia.

On an average harvest day, he says his workers would bring in about 8 crates of asparagus, but that wasn't the case this year.

"This year, sometimes we got four, sometimes we got six, sometimes we got 20," said Mejia.

Mejia says the roller coaster weather has crippled a large portion of his asparagus, the heavy rainfall flooded this area a few weeks ago, and the triple digit heat from last week nearly dehydrated his vegetables.  

The cracks found along the farm were formed from water flooding the area, and the heat coming in and drying it up too quickly.

Workers say that typically isn't a problem, but this year's combination has brought in a host of weeds.

Today his workers are spending the day digging out the weeds with garden tools.

Mejia admits this seasons crop won't be as stellar as last year, however, any size crop is good for the farms business.

"If we lose the crop and it never shows up again... I'm out of here," Mejia said jokingly.

There are about 100 asparagus growers in the state -- about 70 percent of the asparagus grown in Washington State comes from Benton and Franklin Counties.