Good quality, yields typify outlook for onion deal

08/19/2011 12:24:00 PM
Dan Gailbraith

Planting ran a full month later than usual because of the cool, wet spring, and it stayed rainy through mid-June, said Kay Riley, general manager of Nyssa, Ore.-based Snake River Produce Inc.

Ideal growing weather since mid-June, however, had the Treasure Valley on track for a high-quality crop, Riley said.

“The plants look wonderful,” Riley said in late July.

“We anticipate a very normal crop. It will just be two to three weeks late.”

Snake River expects to begin shipping early-variety onions by the week of Aug. 29 at the latest, and possibly as early as Aug. 25-26, Riley said.

Barring an unusually early end to typical fall weather, Snake River’s growers shouldn’t have any trouble getting this season’s crop harvested and cured, despite the late start, Riley said.

“We’ll need a pretty good fall to accomplish everything, but with average conditions we’ll have almost until Nov. 1, which is more than enough time,” he said.

On Aug. 8, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported prices of $10-11 for 50-pound sacks of supercolossal yellow grano onions from southern New Mexico.


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