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Grettstadt (dpa / lby) - Bavaria's Agriculture Minister Michaela Kaniber (CSU) wants to dig asparagus in Grettstadt in Lower Franconia today.

The work will take place in a field owned by the Reinhart family in the Schweinfurt district, whose daughter Christiane is the reigning asparagus queen in Franconia.

Also this year, many farmers are worried whether their foreign harvest workers will all be able to come - because they need a negative corona test.

In addition, the weather has to play along.

Asparagus is very sensitive to the weather, it doesn't like cold or too much rain.

In terms of area, asparagus is one of the most important vegetable crops in Bavaria.

In 2020, 309 farms grew asparagus on around 4,000 hectares in the Free State - in 2003 the area was only about half as large.

Last year, the prices for sales from the farm fluctuated between 10.50 and 12 euros per kilo.

17 years earlier, the average price was between 6.70 and 8 euros per kilo.

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According to the State Statistical Office, farmers harvested an average of 15,358 tons of asparagus in 2020 - also due to fewer seasonal workers.

In the previous year it was 23,045 tons.

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Information about the asparagus harvest 2020 in Bavaria

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Information on the asparagus harvest 2020 nationwide

Information on seasonal workers

Asparagus producers' association Franconia

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