Via our friend Robert Bell with Western Onion Sales in Camarillo, CA, we’ve received an update from David Kana, sales/technical-logistics manager for NZ Onion Co. LTD.
David sent well-wishes for the New Year and reminded everyone not to forget others “that may be struggling,” and suggested that a “helping hand or a donation will reward you.” To that end, there are a number of relief funds set up for victims of the horrific Australian brush fires. A quick search will pull up several, including https://www.globalgiving.org/projects/australian-wildfire-relief-fund/. We cannot vouch for any organizations at this time but suggest you research.
About the New Zealand onion crop, David said, “No rain to speak of in November or December this season and no rain in the forecast.” He continued, “Early crops that have been well irrigated have produced good results. Lifting will begin later this week [earlier in the month], field curing will take 10 days before main harvest starts in mid- to late January. Quality so far looks very good.”
Robert also provided photos, shown here.