Growers of Organic Vidalia Onions Face Challenges

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By Bhabesh Dutta, Carroll Johnson and Jason Schmidt Vidalia onion ranks first in terms of farmgate value among vegetables in Georgia, making it the most important vegetable crop in the state. Among the spring-grown onions in the United States, Georgia ranks first because Vidalia onions are predominantly grown in spring. Although most of the acreage is conventional, nearly 20 percent …

Research Progress in Combating Center Rot of Vidalia Onion

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By Bhabesh Dutta Annually, Georgia plants over 12,000 acres of sweet Vidalia onions (National Agricultural Statistical Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture) with farmgate value of approximately $145 million dollars. Vidalia onion ranks first in terms of farmgate value among vegetables in Georgia, making it the most important vegetable crop in the state. Among the spring-grown onions in the United States, …

Vidalia Onion Committee Steps Up Marketing Efforts

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The Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC), located in Vidalia, Georgia, is looking forward to new marketing initiatives it has put in place for the upcoming season. Bob Stafford, VOC manager, said “Only Vidalia” is the new phrase for the committee. He spoke with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill at the Produce Marketing Association’s 2017 Fresh Summit. The Fresh Summit was held October …

Vidalia Onion Season Outlook

Jaci Schreckengost Onion, Top Posts

With the transplanting of Vidalia onions quickly approaching, industry leaders are looking at the goals and possibilities for the season. Cliff Riner, coordinator of the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center, spoke with AgNet Media’s Josh McGill at the recent 2017 Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit in New Orleans. Riner discussed the importance of getting a good start to the …

Georgia Onion Industry Faces Bacterial Disease Pressures

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One of the most valuable vegetable crops for Georgia growers faces high pressures from bacterial diseases. Bhabesh Dutta, an Extension vegetable disease specialist at the University of Georgia (UGA) in Tifton, says Vidalia onions are the number-one vegetable crop in Georgia, which is why a considerable portion of his program focuses on bacterial disease management in this crop. While he …

40th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival Just Around the Corner

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An onion eating contest, arts and crafts, shopping, an air show, carnival rides, cooking events and more can all be found at the 40th Annual Vidalia Onion Festival on April 27-30, 2017! The festival is held in the heart of the city of Vidalia, Georgia. Alexa Carter Britton, executive director of the Vidalia Convention and Visitors Bureau, says that the …

Expect Vidalia® Onions in Stores After April 12

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Thanks to a mild winter, Georgia Vidalia® onions will be available earlier to consumers than anticipated. The official pack date for the onions has been set to Wednesday, April 12, according to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Georgia’s underground treasure, the sweet Vidalia® onion, will be available in local grocery stores and farmers markets after that date. The early April …