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Originally published Thursday, April 11, 2013 at 9:02 AM

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Asparagus harvest underway in Eastern Washington

Recent warmer days in Eastern Washington prompted asparagus to start sprouting, and workers are harvesting the spears on farms around the Tri-Cities.

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KENNEWICK, Wash. —

Recent warmer days in Eastern Washington prompted asparagus to start sprouting, and workers are harvesting the spears on farms around the Tri-Cities.

Pasco farmer Gary Larsen told Tri-City Herald ( http://bit.ly/XFlVyn) the quality is good and he has enough workers for now. He says growers are waiting for warmer weather to spur the asparagus to grow faster.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture says about 4,700 acres of asparagus were harvested last year in Washington and the crops was worth about $18 million. Most of the acreage is in Benton and Franklin counties.

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Information from: Tri-City Herald, http://www.tri-cityherald.com

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