With a New Year upon us and many onion-growing regions busily planning for or already working on the 2019 crop, just about everyone in the industry is considering increased efficiencies both in the field and the shed.
This week OnionBusiness.com is happy to spotlight onion harvesters manufactured right here in the United States by Parma, ID-based Top Air Inc.
Founded in 1990 and serving the worldwide onion industry, Top Air features a full line of onion toppers, harvesters, loaders, rod lifters and custom equipment for both onion and garlic.
The company’s website, http://topair-usa.com/index.html, explains that Top Air President Duane Kido brings more than four decades of ag experience to “drive the innovation and manage day-to-day activities of the business.” Duane is a second-generation farmer who graduated from the University of Idaho in 1974 with a degree in Ag Business. Armed with practical skills learned on the family farm and his college education, Kido farmed successfully for 16 years before joining Top Air. Since then he’s led the company to its position as a major provider of ag equipment for operations around the globe.
The website says, “Over the past 25 years, we have expanded our product lines and delivered only the best topping and loading equipment to our customers across the globe- from the western United States where the company is headquartered, to Africa, Europe, Asia and beyond,” adding that since the harvesters were first introduced in the Treasure Valley decades ago, Top Air has “successfully deployed our equipment into a diverse number of farm operations around the world. Onion and garlic growers all over the world rely on Top Air equipment to gently and efficiently harvest their crops.”