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No Bumper Crop of Sweet Vidalia Onions This Year
Tuesday, 21 April 2009

April 21--  Farmers who grow Sweet Vidalia Onions are telling us not to expect a bumper crop of the world-famous onions this year.


Vidalia Onion Committee Member Aries Haygood and Committee Executive Director Wendy Brannen update Vidalia Kiwanians on the 2009 Sweet Vidalia Onion Crop.

"So far the crop is still fair.  We've got a little window where it can either go up or down. A lot of folks are beginning to think it's going to be a fair crop, but there's no bumper crop this year," according to Aries Haygood, a member of the Vidalia Onion Committee.

Complicating factors this year are some cold snaps and the amount of rain which has drenched the counties where the Vidalia Sweet Onions are grown.

"This year has been an odd year.  We've experienced four or five freezes.  We've experienced a substantial amount of rain at a time when the onions are starting to bulb.  Too much rains causes a lot of disease and bacteria issues which a lot of farmers are starting to see in their crop now," Haygood says.

Despite the conditions, farmers started shipping Vidalia onions to market this week and you'll see plenty in the Vidalia area during this weekend's Vidalia Onion Festival.

"Most farmers should be in full force by then," Haygood predicts.

The Onion Growers annual Onion Recipe Contest is Thursday night at the Vidalia Community Center.  If you'd like to show-off a favorite Vidalia Onion dish, have it at the Center for check-in at six p.m. Thursday, and if you'd like to taste some of the local Vidalia Onion creations, the doors open at seven p.m. for folks to sample the entries. 

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