Onion Disease Management in Georgia

Ashley Robinson Disease, Georgia, Onion, Top Posts, VSCNews magazine

By Bhabesh Dutta The climate prevalent in the Vidalia onion zone (southeastern Georgia) is conducive to many diseases. Among the diseases, those that are caused by bacteria and fungi are the prominent ones. Some of the diseases caused by water molds or oomycetes (Pythium damping-off and downy mildew) can also be seen periodically. Based on my experience as a vegetable …

Less Efficacy: UGA Onion Trials Show Reduced Impact on Botrytis Leaf Blight

Clint Thompson Disease, Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

University of Georgia research trials show that two fungicides may be losing their efficacy in the control of Botrytis Leaf Blight of Vidalia onions. Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension Area Onion Agent at the Vidalia Onion & Vegetable Research Center in Lyons, Georgia, informed onion producers and industry leaders during a webinar last week that Scala and Luna Tranquility …

Snowball Effect: Wet Weather Could Impact Fall Plantings

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

Weather forecasts call for sunshine every day but Monday this week in South Georgia. It’s not a moment too soon for vegetable farmers itching to get in the field. Unfortunately, the excessive winter rains have delayed work for producers. It could have a snowball effect heading into next fall, says Sam Watson, managing partner of Chill C Farms in Colquitt …

Soggy Soils: Excessive Rains Concern Onion Producers

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts, Weather

The wet winter weather has Georgia Vidalia onion producers concerned about not getting into their fields to apply fungicide sprays or make fertilizer applications. Certain diseases could soon become problematic considering how much rain the Vidalia onion region has received this year.  “They’re just not able to get caught up with their applications or get out there and do what …

Vidalia Onion Crop and Disease Update

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts

The 2021 Vidalia Onion Crop and Disease Update will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 17. It will be held virtually this year from 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. University of Georgia (UGA) Extension scientists will provide an update on disease management recommendations to onion producers and industry experts. The speakers include Chris Tyson, area onion agent, and Bhabesh Dutta, UGA …

Slow Start for Georgia Vidalia Onions

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Top Posts, Weather

It has been a tale of two winters for Georgia Vidalia onion producers. Last year’s abnormally mild winter was highlighted by warmer temperatures. This season has been characterized by wetter conditions and cooler temperatures. It has impacted the growth of the state’s onion crop so far this season, says Chris Tyson, University of Georgia Extension Area Onion Agent at the …

UGA Researching Organic Onion Fertilizers

Clint Thompson Georgia, Onion, Organic, Top Posts

Organic onion production in Georgia is nothing new. But the data is lacking for farmers who are trying to expand and be more efficient in their operations. That is why Tim Coolong, associate professor in the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, is studying organic onion production. “Onions have been grown conventionally for decades. That system, I feel like …