The harvesting of New York onions and potatoes remains on schedule for August and September production starts, grower-shippers report.

Because of planting disruptions, however, onion volume is expected to be lower during the first part of the season.



Late summer New York onions, potatoes to start on timeHeavy spring rains and cool temperatures disrupted some onion plantings.

Torrey Farms Inc., Elba, N.Y., plans to begin harvesting in late July and early August.

“It was tough getting them in, but we got them in,” Shannon Kyle, saleswoman, said in early July. “We may be down 50 acres, but it’s nothing drastic. The quality looks good so far.”

Torrey Farms planted 1,400 acres of yellows and reds, a little smaller than last season, she said.

Because of a late planting start, Marion, N.Y.-based Williams Farms LLC expects a slightly smaller onion deal.

The grower-shipper’s acreage of yellows and reds is down this year to 100 acres from 140 acres last season because it couldn’t get all of its crops planted, Williams said.

“The crop went in a little late, but they’re growing well,” John Williams, partner, said in early July.

“If we get some timely rains, we should get a good crop.”

The prolonged rain delays prompted many growers to stop planting and flooding destroyed some early plantings, so Williams said the state’s onion acreage should be slightly lower.

Williams described the summer onion deal as fair, with markets a little weak but decent movement.

He quoted $7 f.o.b.s from California and New Mexico.

On July 14, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported these prices for onions from New Mexico: Yellow grano 50-pound sacks supercolossals, $12; colossals, $11; jumbos and mediums, $9-10.



Williams Farms finished planting reds, round whites and yellows in late June.

Growers experienced favorable growing conditions, Williams said.

He said temperatures have remained warm and the potatoes received the proper amount of rain, which has spurred growth.

“The potato stands look good,” Williams said.

“The crop looks good and they haven’t had any issues. As long as they don’t get flooded, we should have a good crop.”

Williams Farms plans to begin harvesting Sept. 1 and expects to start loading storage potatoes in mid-October.

The company typically sells old crop spuds through June.

Torrey Farms plans to start harvesting round whites and yellows in early October and sell from storage in December.

The grower-shipper finished planting in early June.

“When they went in, conditions were good,” Kyle said in early July.

“We hope growing conditions continue to be well and hope we don’t receive too much water.”

On July 14, the USDA reported these prices for 50-pound sacks of U.S. 1s from the eastern shore of Virginia: round whites, $9, chef, $14; round reds, $9-10 for As with Bs fetching $15-16.

In mid-July last season, the USDA reported those same sacks from U.S. 1s from the eastern shore selling for $12 for round whites for As, $18 for chef; $25 for round reds As with $30 for Bs.