Listed West to East
Cindy Elrod with Peri and Sons in Yerington told us that Nevada is gearing up for its 2016 harvest, with supplies starting the week of Aug. 29. “We’ll start out with our sweets,” she said. “Then the other varieties will start coming in. We’ll have whites and reds at least by the second week of September.” Cindy said conditions have made for a good-looking crop. “We had a good growing season here in the West, and we’re expecting a good crop.” Organics will be available in most colors, and Cindy said the certified onions will be coming in the week of Sept. 12.
L&M Cos.’ Don Mameda told OnionBusiness.com the Western Kansas onion crop will start coming in on Aug. 22 and begin shipping on Aug. 29. Grown in Johnson, KS, the onions will ship from the company’s Ulysses facility and its new line. Last year the Kansas onions shipped from Colorado, he noted. “We will have all colors, heavy to yellows,” he said. “The crop looks really good.” As with the Colorado crop, Kansas onions will ship through the end of January. Don said the same pack options are available – 2-50# mesh, cartons and RPC.
Michelle Gurda at A. Gurda Produce in Pine Island told us this year’s onion crop is looking good, and she expects harvest and first shipments to start up in mid-September. “Sizing right now is mediums,” Michelle said on Aug. 16. We asked how this year differs from 2015, and she said, “It looks like there should be better production this year,” with good overall quality.