Promotable volumes should begin shipping from California in March, and be available for about 90 days, Angulo said.
For 2011, Angulo expects about 40 million pounds of asparagus produced on about 12,000 acres, similar to 2010 numbers.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, about 11,500 acres are expected to be harvested in California in 2011, down from 13,000 in 2009, 15,000 in 2008 and 20,800 in 2007.
The week of Jan. 24, growers anticipated a steady and gradual increase in soil temperatures, which will signal plants to come out of hibernation and to begin pushing up spears, Angulo said.
“Once the season begins, we expect superior crop quality,” she said.
“We are fortunate, as minor weather events like rain will not likely affect overall crop quality.”
Like other officials and growers, she expects a good transition from Mexico to California.
“We anticipate Mexican production winding down as we gear up,” she said. “Mexican production areas have experienced higher than normal temperatures lately, which could indicate an early transition from one production region to another.”