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May 30, 2007

Asparagus Twilight Meeting to showcase new varieties

Those interested in learning about growing and marketing asparagus are invited to come to an Asparagus Twilight Meeting on Thursday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m. at the farm of Garnett Carr, 982 Flem Clayton Rd., Roxboro.

The meeting is designed to showcase the quarter-acre variety trial plots and compare the 13 different varieties grown on the Person County farm by disseminating the research results from the first harvest season. Asparagus is a high-value vegetable crop that is easy to grow, has high consumer demand and needs to be promoted in the South.

Carl Cantaluppi, area horticulture agent for North Carolina Cooperative Extension in Granville and Person counties, will talk about site and soil considerations for growing asparagus, as well as fertility requirements; insect, disease and weed control; harvesting and marketing techniques; costs associated with growing the crop and more. An asparagus planting will be demonstrated using a middlebuster or lister plow to open a furrow and plant dormant one-year old crowns (roots).

People will be encouraged to ask questions throughout the presentation. Door prizes will be on hand and cold drinks will be provided.

From Roxboro, travel about three miles north on NC 57. Turn right (east) on Flem Clayton Road. Go about half a mile a mile until the road ends. The asparagus plot is on the right.

-C. Cantaluppi

Posted by Natalie at May 30, 2007 01:00 PM