Vidalia Onion Growers Encouraged to Look Out for Downy Mildew

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Onion

By Clint Thompson It is that time of year when Georgia’s Vidalia onion producers need to be monitoring their crop for downy mildew disease. It was not reported in any of the crop in 2021. But downy mildew is a concern every year for growers. It is mainly due to how quickly it spreads, says Chris Tyson, University of Georgia …

Growth Update: Vidalia Onions Further Along Than Previous Year

Jim Rogers Agri-business, Georgia, Onion

By Clint Thompson Normal harvest time for Georgia’s Vidalia onions is usually the beginning of April. That timeframe may be expedited a few days if the current growth of the crop is any indication. According to Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension Area Onion Agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia, the progression of this …

Vidalia Onion Crop Update on Feb. 10

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion

Vidalia onion producers mark your calendars. There will be a Vidalia onion crop update on Thursday, Feb. 10 at the University of Georgia Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia. The event will last from 10 a.m. to noon. UGA specialists and industry leaders will provide an update on the current crop’s status as well as any timely …

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 …