Featured image: Malheur Experiment Station’s Erik Feibert, who is retiring at the end of the year. Photos courtesy of Stuart Reitz, Experiment Station Manager
The folks at the Malheur County Experiment Station in Ontario, OR, will be hosting their annual Onion Variety Day on Wednesday, Aug. 4, at its site at 595 Onion Ave, with registration starting at 9 a.m.
Participants should meet in the field off Onion Avenue under the canopy, and a complimentary lunch will be served at noon in the barn. Organizers have asked that you RSVP for lunch or if you need more information by emailing either Janet Jones firstname.lastname@example.org or Erik Feibert email@example.com.
Experiment Station Manager Stuart Reitz said in early August that the region has “been pretty hot through July for us.” And he added, “We welcome everyone to see how the onions look. All of the varieties have their own little idiosyncrasies that help each one fill a particular niche for a farm; so it’s hard to directly compare them. However, overall the trial is looking very good.”
Stuart also praised his colleague Erik Feibert, “who has managed the trial for many years, and the rest of the staff at the experiment station for their work in conducting the trial. This is Erik’s final variety trial as he will be retiring at the end of the year.”
He continued, “Staci Simonich, Dean of the College of Agricultural Sciences at OSU, has really been putting a lot of effort into staying in contact with growers and stakeholders, and she’ll be attending the field day. So that will be a great opportunity for her to visit with the onion folks in the Treasure Valley.”
Our thanks to Stuart for the great photos of Erik “and his handiwork.” Congrats, Erik, and Happy Retirement.