Onions and Garlic Harvest Continues
Some Growers Hurt By Lack of Water
Onion and garlic growers are
still harvesting on the Westside of the San Joaquin Valley for the dehydrated (dehy) market. The industry
is only harvesting what the processing plants can handle in a given day.
“Fresh market garlic and
onions are nearly all finished and quality across the fields is good,” said Bob
Ehn, CEO and Technical Manager for the California Garlic and Onion Research
Advisory Board, based in Clovis Calif. He added that some growers were not able
to finish their fields because they did not have enough water for the last
irrigation. “It really affected the yields of the late varieties,” Ehn noted.
The processed crops will
continue through September, and then quickly new fields will be planted for the
Ehn reports that the harvest
of dyhy onions in the Tule Lake area of northern California will also start the
first of September. “This is a major growing area for the state,” Ehn noted.
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