Riner said the center has been working on direct seeding for eight years. The center has a large test plot of direct seeded Vidalia onions and has been working with herbicide companies to develop products for such fields.
“In the next three to five years our research should lead to three new products for use on Vidalia onions,” Riner said.
“We’ve already figured out how to get yields very comparable to transplanted fields.”
Storage quality of direct seeded Vidalia onions is very good, Riner said, because they are usually firmer than transplanted onions. That is an attractive benefit for those who are working to develop export markets for Georgia’s official vegetable.
“You’ve got to have a firmer onion to stand up to two weeks on a ship,” Riner said.