Asparagus harvest beginning in Eastern Washington

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KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) -- With rising temperatures, the asparagus harvest is beginning this week in Eastern Washington fields.

The executive director of the Washington Asparagus Commission, Alan Schreiber, says the temperature has to hit 52 degrees before asparagus will come out of the ground. The harvest should be in full swing by the end of the month.

The Tri-City Herald reports (http://is.gd/eWKoib ) the state has about 100 asparagus growers, mostly in Benton, Franklin, Yakima, Walla Walla and Grant counties.

Schreiber says farmworkers go through the fields cutting spears nearly every day during the 70-day harvest period.

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