2018 was a good year for Texas onion supply, but not so much for prices.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture market news service reports that combined 2018 shipments of all onion varieties packed in 50-pound sacks from the lower Rio Grande Valley and the San Antonio-Winter Garden region totaled 5.56 million units in 2018, according to the USDA.
That is up 40% from about 3.97 million units reported in 2017, according to the USDA.
The 2018 south Texas onion season saw prices range mostly from $7-10 per 50-pound sack of yellow jumbo onions.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s market news service first reported shipping prices for south Texas yellow jumbos in 50-pound sacks on April 7 and continued reporting the market until June 16.
For south Texas onions marked as “sweet” and marketed in 40-pound cartons, the USDA reported prices beginning March 31 and continued until June 16.
The USDA said jumbo sweet yellow onions traded in a range of $10-17 per carton. Price started the season on March 31 in a $14-16 per carton range but fell to $10-14 per carton in mid-May before recovering to $16-16.50 by mid-June.
In 2017, the USDA reported prices for 50-pound sacks of yellow jumbos in a range from $7-12, with the season starting at $7-9 on March 25 but rising to $9-12 by mid-April and trading at $10-12 by mid-May.
South Texas jumbo yellow onions marketed as sweet in 40-pound cartons traded in a range from $10-20 per carton for the 2017 season. Prices started at $15-20 per carton on March 11 and traded at $12-16 from mid-April through early May.