MidSouth Shooters SupplyRepackboxTitan ReloadingInline Fabrication
RotoMetals2Lee PrecisionWideners

Results 1 to 16 of 16

Thread: What's ailing my asparagus?

  1. #1
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    1,397

    What's ailing my asparagus?

    Any ideas?
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Click image for larger version. 

Name:	CIMG3070.jpg 
Views:	22 
Size:	58.2 KB 
ID:	242615  

  2. #2
    Boolit Buddy Ateam's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2017
    Location
    Northern MI
    Posts
    226
    Frost or cold weather when they were just sprouting.

  3. #3
    Boolit Master GhostHawk's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2014
    Location
    Fargo ND
    Posts
    4,843
    Anyone spraying weed killer in the area? I'm just an ol farm boy but that looks like 2,4-D to me.

  4. #4
    Boolit Master mattw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    East Central Illinois
    Posts
    1,115
    Yup, looks like 2,4-D to me as well. It will drift a good ways and still do damage, but the residual smell is a dead give away.

  5. #5
    Boolit Master

    Join Date
    Apr 2005
    Location
    Montana
    Posts
    1,397
    I don't know of any herbicide being used nearby and other plants were not affected, that's iris & daffodil in the background +/-1' away.
    ..

  6. #6
    Boolit Master mattw's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2014
    Location
    East Central Illinois
    Posts
    1,115
    I have found asparagus and grapes are extremely sensitive to over spray. I lost some one off blush grapes years ago after 2,4-D was applied to a field by air that was almost 1 mile away. It could be frost, but given the nature of the plants around it, I would doubt it. I currently have around 15 established clumps in 3 locations just incase something like this happens.

  7. #7
    Boolit Master Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Southwest, Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,844
    Looks like the big one is picking on the little one. Maybe you should have a talk and tell them to get along?

  8. #8
    Boolit Master Hannibal's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2013
    Location
    East of KCMO
    Posts
    1,127
    I had the same thing happen in my asparagus bed. Seemed to be confined to the same one or two plants and it would happen year after year.I never figured out why.
    Missing the target is not the worst thing you can do.
    Not taking the shot is.

  9. #9
    Boolit Grand Master

    DougGuy's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2013
    Location
    just above Raleigh North Carolina
    Posts
    5,303
    It looks iron poor. I give mine the treatment in an iron skillet with a little evoo and rosemary/garlic and a dash of salt and boy they sure are delicious!!
    Got a .22 .30 .32 .357 .38 .40 .41 .44 .45 .480 or .500 S&W cylinder that needs throat reaming? 9mm, 10mm/40S&W, 45 ACP pistol barrel that won't "plunk" your handloads? Shoot me a PM! Also on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Cylinderhone-756429174391912/

  10. #10
    Boolit Master
    farmerjim's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2012
    Location
    St. Francisville, Louisiana
    Posts
    1,449
    2-4,D does not harm asparagus. It is listed in my herbicide handbook for use on broadleaf weeds in asparagus. I have used it on mine with no damage. The list of herbicides that can be used in asparagus without damage is long. I have seen mine like that after a late frost, or Roundup drift.
    There is no difference between communism and socialism, except in the means of achieving the same ultimate end: communism proposes to enslave men by force, socialismóby vote. It is merely the difference between murder and suicide. Ayn Rand

  11. #11
    Boolit Master

    Hickory's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2009
    Location
    The Great Black Swamp of Northwest Ohio
    Posts
    3,975
    Quote Originally Posted by Hannibal View Post
    I had the same thing happen in my asparagus bed. Seemed to be confined to the same one or two plants and it would happen year after year.I never figured out why.
    Same here. I have two spears come up in the same area every year and they are miss shaped. Took them to the county extension agent and he was as curious as I was, so for a slight fee, he sent them off for evaluation.
    As it turned out, there was a genetic defect in the plant.
    Political correctness is a national suicide pact.

    I am a sovereign individual, accountable
    only to God and my own conscience.

  12. #12
    Boolit Master Tripplebeards's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2017
    Location
    Southwest, Wisconsin
    Posts
    1,844
    On the serious side we have had a lot of rain here and I had one or two do the same. I believe it was more due to the cold mornings causing the wilting look. My current growth hasn’t done it but my first ones to pop out a few looked like yours.

  13. #13
    Boolit Buddy
    Join Date
    Feb 2019
    Location
    New Market, Iowa
    Posts
    218
    We have 2 asparagus patches. One is in a fence row right next to a corn/soybean field. We occasionally find a sprout that is curled over like in the picture, but very few. Both patches have been feeding us quite well this year. Twice a year I apply a very generous amount of 12-12-12 yard and garden fertilizer, and lots of salt to control the grass and weeds.

  14. #14
    Boolit Bub
    Join Date
    Jan 2019
    Location
    New Yorkistan
    Posts
    69
    Looks like they might need some via***.
    Last edited by Pete44mag; 06-02-2019 at 04:53 PM.

  15. #15
    Boolit Buddy
    1911sw45's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2008
    Location
    Princeton, KY
    Posts
    368
    Take some to your county extension office to have them give you a diagnosis. Might take a week or so to get the results back. Our don't charge for the service.

  16. #16
    Boolit Master



    Join Date
    Oct 2009
    Location
    NH
    Posts
    2,662
    they need garlic and butter! Cold year here and they do that. Ain't no roundup used for miles where we are.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  
Abbreviations used in Reloading

BP Bronze Point IMR Improved Military Rifle PTD Pointed
BR Bench Rest M Magnum RN Round Nose
BT Boat Tail PL Power-Lokt SP Soft Point
C Compressed Charge PR Primer SPCL Soft Point "Core-Lokt"
HP Hollow Point PSPCL Pointed Soft Point "Core Lokt" C.O.L. Cartridge Overall Length
PSP Pointed Soft Point Spz Spitzer Point SBT Spitzer Boat Tail
LRN Lead Round Nose LWC Lead Wad Cutter LSWC Lead Semi Wad Cutter
GC Gas Check