Onion Growers Stay Vigilant Against Diseases

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Onion Sweetness: Soil Conditions, Fertilizers Affect Vidalia Flavor

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Source: UGA CAES Newswire University of Georgia Agricultural and Environmental Services Laboratories (AESL) researchers are ensuring sweetness is a quality of all Vidalia onions. Vidalia onions are known for their sweetness because of the low sulfur environment of the sandy Coastal Plain soils in South Georgia where they are grown, said Daniel Jackson, manager of the Crop Quality Lab, a …

Studying Salmonella Contamination in Onions

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By Bhabesh Dutta, Govindaraj DevKumar, Brian Kvitko and Hemant Naikare Organic onion production has grown substantially over the last two decades with the adoption of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Organic Program (NOP). Consumer demand for organic food is rapidly increasing. U.S. organic growers, both large and small, are benefiting from this trend. Organic onion production faces several …

UGA Extension to Host Onion Meeting

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University of Georgia Cooperative Extension will host a fumigation meeting for Vidalia onion producers at the Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center (VOVRC) on Tuesday, July 20 at 11 a.m. UGA Extension will provide updates for producers, as they prepare for onion seedbeds. A BBQ Lunch will be provided for attendees. The meeting will conclude at 1 p.m. Contact Chris …