Better Now Than Later: Vidalia Onions Should Recover After Wind Damage

Jim Rogers Georgia, Onion

By Clint Thompson High wind speeds a week ago bruised some of Georgia’s Vidalia onion plants. Fortunately, it happened now as opposed to two months later closer to harvest. That’s the feeling shared by Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension Area Onion Agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. “That bruising where the onions got …

Vidalia Onion Farmers Ahead of Planting Schedule

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts, Weather

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s Vidalia onion farmers are ahead of schedule in planting next year’s crop. The dry weather in the southeastern part of the state is a reason why, says Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension Area Onion Agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. “In a typical year, we’ll usually start around the …

New Species: UGA Researchers Discover ‘Onion Devourer’ Bacteria

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

University of Georgia researchers have identified a new species of bacteria, which they have named Pseudomonas alliivorans — from “allium vorans,” which translates as onion devourer or eater. As part of a multistate, four-year project, UGA Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist Bhabesh Dutta and his team surveyed onions at every stage of production — from seedling to mature bulb and …

Onion Growers Stay Vigilant Against Diseases

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The management strategies for onion diseases remain the same for Georgia’s Vidalia onion growers heading into next season. Growers need to stay vigilant in their spray programs against fungal and bacteria diseases, says Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension vegetable disease specialist. “Onion is a six-month crop, and Vidalia onions are also stored for a few …

Calculating Calcium: Georgia Onions Could Benefit From Additional Application

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s onion crop can benefit from additional calcium applications. That’s the messaged relayed by Tim Coolong, associate professor in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Coolong presented information during a recent UGA Extension Vidalia Onion meeting. Since Georgia’s onion crop is grown on sandy soils, calcium can be at lower levels than they …

Chlopyrifos Ban to Impact Onion, Sweet Potato Farmers

Clint Thompson Alabama, Georgia, Onion, Sweet Potatoes, Top Posts

By Clint Thompson The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) recent decision to ban the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on all food means onion and sweet potato producers will need to find alternatives in six months. While those options exist, they are not nearly as effective. “There’s a reason all the growers use chlorpyrifos,” said Stormy Sparks, University of Georgia Cooperative …

VOC Seeks Nominees to Join Committee

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

The Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC) seeks nominations from producers to join the committee. The VOC elects eight new nominees each year as part of the process. Voting will take place on Sept. 16 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the VOC office. No absentee votes will be accepted; walk-in voting only. Nominations will be accepted until Aug. 27. Please …

Vidalia Onion Production Meeting

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is hosting the annual Vidalia Onion Production meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 1 at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. There will be timely topics on variety trials, flavor research, disease management and fertility. Lunch will be provided. Click here to register. Call Chris Tyson at 912-551-2204 for more information.