At A. Gurda Produce in Pine Island, NY, Michelle Gurda reported demand has been “steady to moderate,” and she said that prices are holding at this time. “Reds are doing a little better” than other varieties, and Michelle said the operation anticipates an April finish for the local crop. She added that nothing has been planted yet for 2016, but planting will commence in April.
No changes are expected in acreage, and Michelle said the program will stick to primarily conventional production.
Ryan Fagerberg at Fagerberg Produce and Fagerberg Farms in Eaton said, “We anticipate being finished with Colorado crop around March 1. Demand has stayed steady and prices firm throughout February.”
From his Fort Collins office, John Harris of Paradigm Fresh said, “The last three weeks have seen depressed demand, [although] we should see that trend reverse this coming week.” John added that the Mexican crop this year looks “to be outstanding,” with quality as good as it’s been in a decade. He also said he expects a fair crop from Texas, and the early California deal “looks to be on track for average acreage and a good crop.” He said he expects a short June crop from New Mexico followed by good supply in July.
Herb Haun at Haun Packing in Weiser, ID, said, “Pricing has hung in there for all colors and sizes, which is a good indicator about the supplies coming out of the Valley. Demand has increased this week, and it appears that yellow mediums are a hot item.” Herb also reported good demand for colossal yellows and said pricing on reds continues to be strong. The Weiser operation expects to finish the season between March 15 and 20, Herb said.
At Fort Boise Produce in Parma, ID, Ashley Robertson said the market seems somewhat weaker, but she added, “We’re pleased at how well it’s maintained, though.” Ashley said Fort Boise’s supplies are good, and the operation will ship through mid-April, ending the season at its normal time.
Gary Atkin at Columbia Basin Onion in Hermiston, OR, told OnionBusiness.com that the market has been steady this week, and demand has picked up from a few weeks ago. Gary said pricing is good for all sizes, and all is going according to plan for Columbia Basin with anticipated finish for the 2015 crop in May.
Marvin Davis of Tex-Mex Sales LLC in Weslaco, TX, said Mexican onions that have been shipped have shown excellent quality. “There is not much volume coming across the border, because the pricing and demand are very strong in Mexico right now,” Marvin said.