We had a heavy spring harvest on this asparagus bed (only 2 years old; planted 2 year old crowns) and 2 weeks ago, we took a scythe to it, cutting back all of the fronds to a few inches above the soil. Within a week, new shoots appeared and we harvested for a week. I wanted to make sure that the plant had plenty of time & was allowed to go back into reproduction mode and have plenty of nutrients to go back into the roots before it goes dormant. I've hear of people harvesting half of their crop in the spring and cutting back the other 1/2 in late summer to have 2 seasons. In kicking this around, it seems to me that a plant's natural instincts would be to simply reproduce if cut back early enough in late summer to regenerate itself. We harvest in spring, cut back in August, harvested again. I am curious to see what kind of production we have in the spring, but I can't image it not being heavy. I've certainly been surprised before ....time will tell.
Pretty stoked about this!