Crop Profile for Asparagus in Canada – 2012 - Synopsis

Asparagus (Asparagus officinalis) is a member of the lily family (Liliaceae) and is the only cultivated vegetable in this family. It is a perennial, monocotyledonous plant grown for its tender green shoots (spears) that are harvested in the spring. Seventy percent of the asparagus grown in Canada is grown in Ontario. Asparagus is also grown in Quebec, British Columbia and Manitoba. This crop is highly prized for its delicate flavour, tender texture and for some of its ‘medicinal’ properties.

The Crop Profile for Asparagus, 2012 provides an overview of production and pest management practices for asparagus in Canada. Information is provided on abiotic factors affecting asparagus growth. The biology of key disease, insect and mite and weed problems is presented as well as cultural and chemical methods of control. Detailed information is provided in tabular form on pest occurrence, integrated pest management options and registered pesticides available to growers.

Grower issues and gaps in pest management, identified through stakeholder consultations are described in each of the three main sections (disease, insect and mite and weed) and under each pest description. A list of provincial specialists and Integrated Pest Management (IPM) resources, are provided at the end of the profile.

Limited crop production and market statistics are provided in the profile to give context to the economic importance of the commodity. For more detailed statistics pertaining to the crop, the reader is referred to Statistics Canada.

The crop profile for asparagus is not intended for use as a crop production guide. Detailed information on crop production and pest management in specific regions is available through provincial ministry of agriculture websites and provincial crop specialists.

The Crop Profile for Asparagus in Canada, 2012 (full report) is available from Government of Canada Publications.

 

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