With the official pack date of April 17 set for this year’s Vidalia onion crop, G&R Farms in Glennville, GA, is on the starting blocks for the start of the new season.
According to G&R GM/VP of Sales Steven Shuman, “With only a month to go, we can assure you that our crop will be nothing short of sweet, mild, and crisp.”
Steven said on March 16, “Harvest season is currently underway, and we’ve been closely monitoring weather conditions. So far our progress indicates that we’ll be having a great season.”
He continued, “After the cold snap we experienced during the wintertime, we’ve had plenty of time to recover with regrowth. The upcoming crops are looking good and are on target for normal volume.”
And, he said, “Our very own Vidalia onion expert, Cliff Riner, was out in the field checking on how the crop was performing, sizing and more. Hint – they’re looking just right.”
In addition to the new crop, Steven said new technology will be used this season. “Big things are happening at G&R, and we’re excited to announce the installation of our new, high-tech grading and packing line equipment. The massive project has been in the works for eight years and is expected to be in full operation in the coming months, ready for millions of Vidalia onions. Our team is excited about integrating this technology into our day-to-day operations. It will help determine, based on the shape and texture, if an onion meets the proper quality standards. This new equipment will tackle every obstacle with boosted accuracy, as well as increase speed in packaging.”