“There’s more showing up every day, but I don’t know what percentage it will end up being,” said Curtis DeBerry, president of Boerne, Texas-based Progreso Produce. “Visually, it looks like maybe 5-6%, but it may end up being more as it continues to stay hot.”
Holmes was less optimistic.
“Some fields are anywhere from 5% as high as 40%,” Holmes said.
Cinco de Mayo, a good draw for Texas onion shippers, could be tough this year, said Frontera’s David DeBerry.
“Texas is not going to yield what we thought it would before the freeze,” DeBerry said. “Half of the white onion crop may never be harvested and the red onion crop failure could be as high as 75%. This is the most seeders I’ve seen in my lifetime.”