- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 7, 2015

KENNEWICK, Wash. (AP) - Thanks to a mild winter and warm spring, asparagus harvest is off to a record early start in central Washington.

Farms in the Tri-Cities area started cutting asparagus spears as early as March 25. April 5 is considered an average start date.

Asparagus is the first crop to be harvested each spring in central Washington.

Farmers will harvest about 5,000 acres of asparagus this spring, a figure that has been holding steady in recent years.

The Tri-City Herald reports that asparagus was worth about $13.7 million to farmers last year.

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

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