Labor should be sufficient, though worries continue

06/06/2012 11:18:00 AM
Andy Nelson

“A lot of them make really good money,” he said.

Originally, some Michigan asparagus growers were set to begin harvest in mid-April, thanks to an unusually warm March.

Had that happened, said Todd DeWaard, sales manager for Hudsonville-based Superior Sales, finding enough labor could have been a challenge.

But when cooler weather in April pushed asparagus harvests back closer to their usual start times, that potential problem vanished.

“I haven’t heard of any problems” finding workers this spring, DeWaard said. “It doesn’t seem like we have the issues other states have had.”

Workers who normally pick fruit in Michigan could instead be available to pick the state’s vegetable crops, DeWaard said.


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