He said most of the Vidalia onion growth comes in the last month before harvest, with the onions growing about an eighth of an inch every 24 hours.
“With the shortages in Texas and Mexico the market will be a little different this year for Vidalias, though. Today (March 6) 50-pound bags in Texas are $26. Demand is going to be high for all yellow onions as it was in 2011 and it will be even higher for Vidalias.”
L.G. “Bo” Herndon Jr., owner of L.G. Herndon Jr. Farms, Lyons, agreed that there should be good supplies of jumbos for bulk shipping.
He said he expects about 70% jumbos and colossals and about 30% mediums.
“The onions are coming in clean and good,” Herndon said. “They will be a little later, though. The big volumes won’t come out of Georgia until May.”
At Stanley Farms, the hard freeze came early enough for the family-owned operation to replant. Brian Stanley, sales manager, said those re-plants will come in at the same time as the rest of the crop.
He said one of the county extension agents from the area told him the overall loss for the industry would probably be 25% to 30%, unless late-season complications disrupt the growth cycle.