Vidalia onion season expected to open earlier than typical start

03/29/2012 01:09:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

“We planted on time for what we do and are pleased with where we’re at,” he said in late March. “I have been riding my crop for the last three to four days, walking it and checking it, and can say we have a real good crop coming. The foliage looks good and it’s sizing up.”

R.E. Hendrix, president of Hendrix Produce Inc., Metter, noted similar crop growth. Hendrix planned to begin its first harvesting April 7.

“The quality of the crop looks good,” he said in late March. “The sizing should also be good.”

Hendrix said this season should bring strong volumes of jumbos.

Last season brought a strong range of sizings that filled retail orders. Normally, jumbos constitute about 60% of packouts with mediums at 30% and colossals at 10%. Mediums ship primarily in bags with jumbos and colossals filling bulk bins.

In late March, Bland’s Pazderski quoted 40-pound cartons of Mexican and Texas grano sweet onions selling for $12-14.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 50-pound sacks of yellow grano sweets from Mexico in late March sold for $8 for colossals, $7-8 for jumbos and $9-10 for mediums with 40-pound cartons of yellow grano sweets selling for $10-12 for colossals with jumbos at $10.

In late March last year, the USDA reported 50-pound sacks of Mexican grano sweet yellow jumbos and mediums selling for $36 with 40-pound cartons of yellow grano sweets jumbos selling for $10.

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