Rains harm New York potatoes, spare onions

09/04/2013 01:52:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Storage onion harvesting normally finishes in mid- to late October.

Bland Farms LLC, Glennville, Ga., finished harvesting New York sweet onions on Aug. 27.

Delbert Bland, president, said he plans to finish harvesting in mid- to late September, about the same time a later Vidalia onion deal is expected to end.

“The Northeast is a good niche market and these onions are more of a northeastern deal to a certain point,” Bland said. “We are finishing the Vidalias and finishing New York and starting on Peru. To ship Vidalias and New York onions at the same time doesn’t always happen.”

According to the USDA, 50-pound sacks of dry onions from Washington’s Columbia and Oregon’s Umatilla basins in early September sold for $6-6.50 for jumbos and $6 for mediums of yellow hybrid; $12 for whites jumbos with $9-10 for mediums; 25-pound sacks of red globe jumbos fetched $5-6 with mediums at $3.50-4.

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