Heat wave spares Treasure Valley

08/17/2012 12:17:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Brent Ishida, president of Giant Produce Inc., Parma, Idaho, agrees the crop appears to be doing well despite some early-season setbacks.

“We had some challenges earlier which led to some thinner stands, but there are a number of good stands, too,” he said.

Ishida says quality is good despite some lower quantities.

“We’re maybe going to be down about 10%, and I think everyone else is pretty much experiencing the same,” he said.

“It’s been 90-plus degrees for quite some time, and it looks like, in the forecast, that we will be continuing that trend for a while still,” Ishida said.

“The heat has been tough on the crop, and there’s not much you can do about it. Just keep them wet.”

He expects to see smaller-sized onions as a result of the high temperatures.

“They just don’t grow as well as they do in you’re in the 80s, so it does affect sizing,” he said.

Jones still is confident growers will be able to provide a variety of sizes, even though it can sometimes be a challenge.


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