With the King City operation completing harvest of storage onions this week, Gills Onions is segueing smoothly from the 2018 growing season right into the planting of 2019 onions.
Megan Jacobsen, VP of sales and marketing for the Oxnard-based Gills, told us on Nov. 6, “As the 2018 onion growing season winds down, we are already gearing up for 2019 over here at Gills Onions! Our King City operation will be completing harvest this week for our storage onions, [and] for planting, we have already kicked off not only in Brawley (Imperial) but also in Bakersfield (Kern County) as well.”
Megan said, “Brawley planting began Oct.10, and Bakersfield had a few sections planted last week. Weather has provided above normal and uniform temperatures.”
She explained, “Acreage is roughly the same as 2018 in both areas we are currently planting.”
Gills has a few changes for the new crop, as Megan noted by saying, “What’s new in 2019, you may ask? We have increased our utilization of ‘Plant Tape’ from the acres we trialed in 2018 year, and we are aiming for an earlier start date in the desert.”
And view a short planting video clip below: