“It was interesting to listen to Delbert give his opinion on what we should look for in trying to go forward and what to anticipate from the buyers and consumers. A lot of us growers have our own issues as we struggle through the extra input costs we had to put into the onions to keep the disease down.”
Vidalia Onion Business Council manager Bob Stafford said it was the most unusual year he’s seen in 17 years in the deal and one that challenged growers with all kinds of adversities.
Stafford said the industry is responding by investing in research to help control the spread of the disease, which can remain in fields and reappear the following season.
Though he declined to state the dollar amount, Stafford said growers are investing considerably more than in the past and said the industry is leading an aggressive research effort to limit the disease and better prepare growers for future seasons.
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