Featured image: Snake River Produce June 2020 onion crop, courtesy of Snake River Produce
Agreeing that Idaho-E. Oregon’s 2020 crop of Spanish Sweets is coming along well throughout the Treasure Valley, shippers based in both the Idaho and Oregon growing areas told us this week they are looking forward to a good season.
From their offices at Snake River Produce in Nyssa, OR, General Manager Kay Riley and Sales and Marketing Assistant/Transportation Manager Tiffany Cruickshank said their onions are sizing nicely, and some fields are ahead year-to-date over 2019’s.
Kay told us on June 17, “Overall, the crop looks good and the fields are ahead of last year.” He added, “We do have some thin stands in places, but we are looking forward to very good quality in the fall.”
Referencing recent events, Tiffany noted, “Our very essential grower base has been working diligently to ensure the Fall 2020 crop at Snake River Produce has top notch quality.” The season to date hasn’t been without issues, she said, but experience and determination are the backbone of the company.
“Weather and COVID-19 conditions have made for an interesting spring, but Snake River Produce is committed to bringing its consistent lineup of yellow, red, white, and sweet onions to market in August,” she said.
Thanks to Tiffany and Kay for sending recent Snake River grower partner crop photos.
Cameron Skeen with Baker & Murakami Produce and Bullet Onion in Ontario, OR, said his early onions “will be ready to start the season in early August.” Cam said he’d be moving all three colors “right out of the gate.” He provided us with recent crop photos.
Thanks to Cameron for sending recent photos of his onion crop.
On the Idaho side, Dwayne Fisher with Champion Produce Sales in Parma said, “Our crop is looking very nice, and we are optimistic that we will have a good crop with excellent quality for our customers.”
Looking ahead, Dwayne said, “Our projected start date for packing is Aug. 17. The last couple of weeks have brought unseasonably cold temperatures and more rain than I can remember for this time of year. Next week it looks to warm up and stay more consistent, which will be an extremely positive change for our onions.”
Dwayne added, “We are looking forward to getting back to Idaho and providing the service and quality our customers know they will receive when they ship with us!”
Thanks to Dwayne for sending recent Tamura Farms crop photos.