Heavy rains delayed November and December plantings, with some planting of late-season varieties extending into mid-February.

Cold weather and rains continued into the new year, and grower-shippers say the deal could start at least a week later than normal, in late April.

Growers say the plants need consecutive days of above 70 degrees to foster growth.

“People ask if this cold is hurting,” said Rawls Neville, operations manager of Four Corners Farm, Register. “The rain is worse than this cold. We should have some stem loss and the onions may not size up as well as normal due to the excessive rains.”

Vidalia onion harvest typically begins by late April. With controlled atmosphere storage, shipments normally run through late August.

Rain, cold delays Vidalia onion harvest

Doug Ohlemeier

Rawls Neville, operations manager of Four Corners Farms, Register, Ga., says rain and cold is causing a delay of the Vidalia onion harvest.