Agriculture: Asparagus Pest Management Guidelines

Dormant Season

This year-round IPM program covers the major pests of fresh asparagus and nursery production of crowns in the Sacramento-San Joaquin River Delta, Central Coast, southern San Joaquin Valley, and southern desert valleys.

About Dormant Season

What should you be doing during this time?

Clean field of crop debris by thoroughly discing (or burning where permitted) to reduce European asparagus aphid, asparagus miner, cutworms, purple spot, and rust.

After ferns are chopped, apply an herbicide according to the Pest Management Guidelines to control weeds during the fern stage.

Destroy volunteer asparagus outside the field.

Text Updated: 09/11