By Easter, the Caborca growing region in Mexico should be more or less done for the season, with the smaller Obregon region providing asparagus for export, Paul said.
“By Easter, we’ll be able to get these California fields started, hopefully, but pricing is expected to be pretty high,” he said. “We could see a significant shortage.”
Cool growing weather in California should ensure tight tips and overall good quality, Paul said. A lack of extreme heat in Obregon also should equal good quality and steady volumes from that region, which Giumarra also will source from for Easter.
On March 18, the USDA reported a price of $9.75 for 11-pound crates and cartons of bunched large asparagus from Mexico, down from $18.75 last year at the same time.