The annual Onion Showcase sponsored by Nunhems USA Inc. attracted hundreds of growers from across the Treasure Valley and as far away as Spain.
The Aug. 31 event marked the 28th consecutive year for the showcase, and gave growers the opportunity to preview the latest onion varieties available from the Parma, Idaho-based subsidiary of Bayer CropScience. Attendees also had the chance to talk with Nunhems breeders about established onion varieties and how to achieve the best possible yields.
As part of the showcase this year the seed company honored students and their advisors from four local high school FFA clubs. Nunhems donated $1,000 to the FFA programs at Payette, Homedale and Fruitland high schools in Idaho and Ontario High School in Oregon, according to a news release.
The FFA program grants are to be used for new equipment and to help enhance practical, hands-on agricultural education.
Treasure Valley growers plant about 22,000 acres of onions annually, according to the release.