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The Freeze and Vidalia Onions
Wednesday, 05 February 2014

February 5--  The freeze that hit south Georgia the last month of January did some damage to the 2014 Vidalia Onion crop, however, it's too soon to know how it will affect this year's harvest.

Onion farmers and extension service agents met last week to discuss results of a crop survey done by the agents in the aftermath of the cold weather.

According to Bob Stafford with the Vidalia Onion Business Council, "We had a real good turnout with about 40 growers there.  We had the county agents who surveyed the crop in the production area and the damage we got.  It's their assessment that we had some damage, but at this point you can't tell exactly what the damage is, however, they see no reason why we can't have a very marketable crop."

Stafford said the agents were making sure the onion bulbs were still intact at this early stage of the crop.

"If you have a freeze, it's better to have it at this time than to have it later when the bulbs are bigger.  The farmers were tickeled to death to hear the county agents and to get a real good assessment.  They've asked us to do it again in a couple of weeks, " Stafford said.

Last year's crop was hurt somewhat by seed stems and farmers in the 20-county Vidalia Onion growing region are hoping for a rebound this year.

 

 
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