CALIFORNIA – Central Valley:
Meeting with OnionBusiness.com at the NOA Convention in Niagara Falls, NY, Doug Stanley with Harris Fresh in Huron said the region has had a “lot of heat issues,” and he said some onions are seeing bacterial and other issues. “It’s been across the board in the area,” Doug said, adding, “I’ll be glad when this season is over.” He noted that transportation, which is oftentimes tight, has not been a problem this year. He said transportation companies are upgrading their fleets to meet new government requirements.
Chris Woo from Potandon/Murakami Produce said Bakersfield/Stockton area of the Central Valley demand is very good, and he reported pricing is higher than last week. The area has been experiencing some challenges with the weather and transportation, but Chris said it doesn’t appear to be major and is fairly normal for this time of year.
John Harris with Paradigm Fresh said the New Mexico market has been very consistent, although sizing out of the area has been somewhat smaller. “There are a few more mediums than in previous years and fewer colossals and supers,” John said. He noted there have been very few quality issues, calling the crop “outstanding.”
Chris Woo from Potandon/Murakami Produce said that New Mexico is currently shipping heavy volume in all colors and sizes. Overall areas with summer onions have been doing very well this season with demand and prices, he said.
Chris Woo from Potandon/Murakami Produce said that Vidalia demand is good, and the market is steady. Pricing has been creeping up over the last two weeks. Vidalia will be shipping through the middle of August, he said.
Check out the photo gallery provided by Rich Hoffman at Santa Maria Seeds, Harvesting Mother Bulbs near Bakersfield