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David Sparks Ph.d Vidalia prices
by David Sparks Ph.d, click here for bio

Program: Line on Agriculture
Date: July 22, 2019

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Not very long ago we did a story touting the deliciousness of the famous Vidalia onions coming out of Vidalia, Georgia. Well, now, there's a bit of a hitch in our giddyup. If you buy Vidalia onions you will notice they are costing more this year. The main reason… “We don't have as much supply.”


Chelsea Blackstone with the Vidalia onion committee Vidalia Georgia and of course the supply of these sweet onions is always limited because they are only grown by about 80 registered growers in parts of only 20 counties in Georgia. That's it. Total plantings are usually about 12,000 acres…” but this past season we have cut back to about ninety three hundred acres. In the beginning of our transplanting season there was a lot of rain. So a lot of em. That was just so much mud. They were not able to get in there and get what they wanted planted.”


Now that sounds familiar but also growers had decided to reduce acreage a little bit for economic reasons but the weather took acreage down more than they wanted sending Vidalia Onion prices for consumers up and helping boost prices for other sweet onions as well. So that's good news for Walla Walla onion producers. And by the way, if you do foot the bill and buy these more costly onions, Chelsea has tips on how to store them so they won't spoil: Chelsea Blaxton with the Vidalia Onion Committee has tips on how to store them and make them last.


“Some of our tips are kind of crazy. A new panty hose. Drop an onion in there. Tie a knot.. Drop another onion in there. Tie a knot. So on and so on, then hang it up. So none of the onions are touching. And when you get ready for an onion you just cut the panty hose at each knot and the Onions stay separated. The moisture isn't touching.




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