Freeze should have minimal effect on Michigan asparagus

06/06/2012 11:11:00 AM
Andy Nelson

“We were up to 20,000 acres, now we’re just below 10,000, and at one point I thought we’d bottom out around 8,500,” he said. “It could easily see us coming up a little bit.”

No that he was complaining about it, but Hodges said demand was so strong out of the gate for Michigan asparagus, it was a struggle for Michigan shippers to keep up.

“It’s hard for Michigan, as small as we are,” he said. “There’s not enough to go around.”

Import deals could play a role in how long demand for Michigan asparagus remains strong, Hodges said, but he was optimistic.

“We’ll have to keep an eye on whether Mexico wants to cut early, and I’ve heard Peru is loading some boats, but it should remain fairly strong throughout.”

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