The asparagus is missing the low temperatures
A long and cold winter usually leads to a delayed start of the season. Whereas short winters and mild temperatures lead to an early start. "At the moment, the asparagus growers are missing the low winter temperatures and the asparagus plants the cold stimulus”, Kreienbaum comments on the current weather conditions, “We do not expect a great “harvest peak” from the season start. The asparagus growers are always satisfied with a cold winter. Cold stimuli for the asparagus plant lead to an early harvest and usually a pretty good yield crop at the beginning. Further, currently it is too wet and the upcoming spring work cannot be done."
Harvest will be to eight percent below the previous year
In the second largest asparagus growing state in Germany, North Rhine-Westphalia, asparagus is grown on about 3,300 hectares of agricultural land. Only Lower Saxony grows more asparagus on 4,400 hectares. Through the mild weather conditions, this year's harvest will not reach the record of 2014. Willy Kreienbaum is certain: Last year, the yields were approximately ten percent higher than in the average years. Therefore, we expect a normal season this year again. This means, that the expected harvest amounts will probably be eight percent below last year."
The minimum wage has an impact on the asparagus sector
In the future the asparagus consumers will have to dig deeper into their pockets. The legally regulated minimum wage of the German federal government will have an impact on the asparagus growers. As a result, a price increase is expected, but it is still unclear how far it goes. “That is the big question”, reports the asparagus grower from Westphalia, “We have an increase of costs because of the minimum wage. As a result, the sales prices will be raised in the future by about ten percent. The question now is: Is it possible to enforce these prices to the food retail and the direct sales? For many companies, this is still a big question mark. Further, the growers ask themselves: How far it will be possible to give our costs in part or whole to the consumer?” During the past few years the asparagus acreage has steadily increased, the minimum wage will have on the long run a drastic impact on the industry. Kreienbaum reports: "Due to the increased cost based on the minimum wage, we expect that the asparagus acreage in Germany will decrease during the coming years.”
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