Vidalia Plants Significantly Damaged by Christmas Freeze

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By Clint Thompson Vidalia onion plants suffered significant damage during the Christmas freeze event. As much as 30% in some fields were impacted by consecutive days of sub-freezing temperatures, according to Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension area onion agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia.               ac “We know we’ve got significant stand loss, in …

Upcoming Vidalia Onion Meeting

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Georgia Vidalia onion producers should mark their calendars for an upcoming Vidalia Onion Crop Update, scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 26, from noon to 2 p.m. at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. University of Georgia (UGA) Extension specialists will discuss the recent freeze events and their impact on the current crop. UGA researchers will also present …

Vidalia Onion Extension Agent ‘Cautiously Optimistic’ Following Sub-Freezing Temperatures

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By Clint Thompson Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop had not been in the ground long before sub-freezing temperatures (temps) impacted Southeast Georgia Christmas Eve. They were especially vulnerable to temps that reached the teens Saturday morning and stayed mostly in the 20s for consecutive days. Still, any damage assessments will have to wait, says Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension area …

UGA Extension Encourages Copper Applications for Vidalia Onion Producers

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By Clint Thompson University of Georgia Extension vegetable plant pathologist Bhabesh Dutta encourages Vidalia onion producers to apply copper ahead of this weekend’s frigid temperatures. “We need to put out at least copper before the freezing weather sets in. Copper may provide some degree of protection from saprophytes and pathogens after cold injury to foliage” Dutta said. Something is Better …

Vidalia Onion Farmers Wary of Impact from Frigid Weekend

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By Clint Thompson A frigid weekend in the forecast for Southeast Georgia could impact the Vidalia onion plants in the ground. Chris Tyson, UGA Extension area onion agent, talked about what producers can expect with the looming sub-freezing temperatures. “Friday night is like the coldest it looks like. Right now, for Reidsville (Georgia), they’re calling for 18 degrees (Fahrenheit) and …

Vidalia Onion Plants Progressing Amid Dry Weather

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By Clint Thompson The current dry spell is having a minimal impact on the growth of this season’s Vidalia onion crop. All seedbeds are grown under irrigation pivots, according to Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension area onion agent. “All our seedbeds are under irrigation so we can give them the water they need. There is something about rainwater when …

Georgia’s Vidalia Onion Plants Spared by Ian

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By Clint Thompson Vidalia onion producers were fortunate that Hurricane Ian skirted the Southeast Georgia region and spared this year’s seedlings that were in the ground. Instead of heavy rains and high winds that were felt in some areas in Florida, the Vidalia onion region received some winds but dodged any major impact, says Cliff Riner, Vidalia Onion Committee chairman. …

UGA Extension to Host Vidalia Onion Meeting

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University of Georgia (UGA) Extension will host a Vidalia onion production meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 7 at the UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. Lunch and Georgia pesticide license credits will be provided for potential attendees. UGA Extension specialists will provide timely information on disease management, storage trials, flavor research and fertility trials. Those interested can …