Asparagus resources

AHDB Horticulture funded an extensive programme of research on many aspects of commercial asparagus production. The available reports and resources are listed below.


Asparagus beetle

Sustainable control methods for asparagus beetle

Bean seed fly

Risk factors and crop damage caused by bean seed flies

Mammal pests

Rodent control on farms

Managing rabbit problems associated with horticulture


Identification and management of nematodes in field crops



Management of Phytophthora rot on UK asparagus crops

Phytophthora rot in asparagus – be aware and prepare

Research report FV 246 and 246a: Asparagus: management of phytophthora rot

Stemphylium purple spot

Management of Stemphylium purple spot on UK asparagus crops

Research project: FV 341 Integrated management of Stemphylium purple spot in asparagus

Research project: FV 341a Evaluation of spray treatments for control of purple spot (Stemphylium vesicarium) on asparagus

Research project: FV 341b Asparagus purple spot - field evaluation of urea application rates and timing, and calcium cyanamide application to enhance crop debris degradation and reduce disease on the emerging new crop.

Research project: FV 341c Asparagus - optimising Urea application rates and timings to reduce purple spot disease on emerging new crop and ferns


Asparagus viruses factsheet

Research project: FV 384 Asparagus - Screening UK crops for virus infection

Research project: FV 384a Asparagus - screening UK crops for virus infection


Crop management

Best management practices for asparagus

Sustainable soil management for stand longevity and yield optimisation for asparagus

Research project: Sustainable soil management for stand longevity and yield optimization in asparagus

Research project: Asparagus - maximising yield by optimising establishment and agronomy

Food safety

How to keep fresh produce safe to eat

Monitoring microbial food safety of fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Disinfecting irrigation water for use on fresh produce

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Keeping it clean

Video: Webinar - Microbials - Managing risk in the production of fresh produce

Labour and skills

Edible horticulture skills survey

Video: Webinar - Operating in a reduced labour market

Video: Webinar - Using LEAN techniques to improve labour efficiency in horticulture

Video: Webinar - Using your time effectively

Nutrient management

Asparagus nutrient management

Green manures – effects on soil nutrient management and soil physical and biological properties

Green manures – implications of economic and environmental benefits on rotational management

Green manures – species selection

Introduction to fertigation


Asparagus root growth

How to count earthworms

Measuring soil nutrients, pH and organic matter

Video: Asparagus root coring

Video: How to conduct a quick assessment of your soils

Video: Worm count test

Video: Webinar - Soil health for horticulture

Video: Webinar - Soil health improvement – Cover crops and organic amendments

Research project FV 450: Asparagus: Sustainable soil management for stand longevity and yield optimisation


Establishing a resilient water supply

Protecting the water supply for your crops

Weed control

Research project: FV 372 Evaluation of potential alternatives for weed control in asparagus following the loss of herbicides

Research project: FV 372a Evaluation of potential alternative herbicides for asparagus following the loss of active ingredients