UGA Extension to Host Vidalia Onion Meeting

Clint Thompson Onion

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 …

Variety Testing Essential for Onion Producers

Clint Thompson Onion

By Clint Thompson Variety selection is one of the first steps Georgia Vidalia onion producers take in producing a valuable crop every season. They depend on variety testing by University of Georgia Extension specialists to provide data supporting what varieties perform best under specific conditions. Chris Tyson, UGA Extension area onion agent, highlighted specific factors that he evaluates when studying …

Vidalia Onion Producers Preparing for Upcoming Season

Jim Rogers Onion

By Clint Thompson Georgia Vidalia onion producers are already preparing for the upcoming season. Chris Tyson, University of Georgia (UGA) Extension area onion agent, discusses what growers are doing now with planting season less than a month away. “A lot of growers have been putting in orders for seed. We’re now at the time where we’re getting our seed beds …

Sweet Onion Growth Responses Under Organic Fertilizers

Jim Rogers Onion

By Juan Carlos Díaz-Pérez Vidalia onions are sweet, short-day, low-pungency, yellow Granex-type bulbs popular in the United States because of their mild flavor. These onions are exclusively grown in southeastern Georgia, in a region with mild winters and low-sulfur soils. There is increasing interest in utilizing organic fertilizers because of the growing demand for organic vegetables, including organic sweet onions. …

Vidalia Onion Variety Trial Meeting Scheduled for June 23

Jim Rogers Georgia, Onion

By Clint Thompson It is already time for Georgia Vidalia onion producers to start thinking about what varieties they will be planting for the 2022-23 crop season. University of Georgia (UGA) Extension hopes to help make that selection process easier. UGA Extension will host a variety trial meeting on Thursday, June 23 at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center …

Vidalia Onion Producers ‘Happy’ with Season

Jim Rogers Onion

By Clint Thompson Georgia’s Vidalia onions are harvested for the 2022 season. Growers are ‘happy’ with the results, says Bob Stafford, manager of the Vidalia Onion Committee. Most of their contentment stems from a dry spring, meaning less potential disease pressure for this year’s crop. “It was kind of an awkward start, but it cranked up and we had a …

Vidalia Onion Harvests ‘Rolling’ Amid Dry Conditions

Jim Rogers Onion

By Clint Thompson Hot and dry weather in Southeast Georgia are ideal conditions for Vidalia onion harvests. Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension area onion agent at the Vidalia Onion Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia, discusses the impact the current conditions are having on onion harvests in the area. “It’s bad for somebody trying to plant but it’s good …

Vidalia Onions Could Be Impacted by Rain at Harvest

Jim Rogers Disease, Onion

By Clint Thompson Farmers of Georgia’s Vidalia onions are crossing their fingers and hoping for minimal impact from the rains the Southeast Georgia region has experienced in recent weeks. Onions are vulnerable to secondary pathogens during weather events, especially as the crop is being harvested. Bhabesh Dutta, University of Georgia Cooperative Extension plant pathologist, believes the impact could be felt …