“The winter was actually pretty decent, and we didn’t have much winter kill, and we’ve had a pretty nice spring,” said Magnaghi, whose operation includes about 120 acres of Walla Walla sweets.
He estimated his crop likely would be ready by about June 15.
“Sizing looks good right now, and the plants look healthy,” he said.
He said all eyes were on Vidalia, because the size of the storage crop there could influence the Walla Walla market, Magnaghi said.
“When they put a lot in storage, they put a lot of pressure on some of the markets,” he said.
He also said the current speculation was that Vidalia’s storage crop wouldn’t be sizable.
“I assume there’s not going to be an overabundance of sweets, at least during the major portion of the Walla Walla season,” he said.
The sweet onion market should stay firm over the summer, Magnaghi said.
The crop looked normal for Greencastle, Pa.-based Keystone Fruit Marketing, said Dan Borer, general manager. He said, as did other growers, that the upcoming deal could parallel last year’s.
“The weather pattern is similar to last spring, and the quality and all the rest is about the same,” he said.
Everything is shaping nicely for Locati Farms in Walla Walla, said Mike Locati, president of the operation and 12-year chairman of the marketing committee.
“We’re not expecting a bumper crop, but we should have adequate supplies this year,” he said.