Drought continues to plague New Mexico onion growers

05/28/2014 04:11:00 PM
Jim Offner

That leads to the high-salt problems, he said.

“They just don’t grow good and you get small size and you get thin stands,” he said.

Some growers are in better shape than others, Franzoy said.

“Deming has good water in their wells, but water tables are dropping,” he said. “We need to get some rain, but we’ve been here before.”

Nobody wants to deal with drought conditions, but growers in New Mexico have adapted, said TJ Runyan, owner of Las Cruces-based Mesilla Valley Produce.

“We’re hoping, obviously, this year, for better things,” he said. “They’re predicting an El Niño year, and hopefully the rain skirts north of us into the mountains. El Niño generally means a strong monsoon.”

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