Onion shipments across the nation are expected to be similar to that of last season (2017).
The USDA reports 2017 shipments were about 6.7 billion pounds, up from about 6.3 billion pounds in 2016.
Of course, loadings will vary by area.
Snake River Produce of Nyssa, OR points to an excellent onion crop with quality and size. While volume in that region was down about 20 percent last year, the company is expecting 30 to 35 percent more onion shipments than a year ago and 10 to 15 percent above normal.
Snake River Produce grows and ships red, white and yellow onions, plus a sweet variety called Snake River Sweets. Shipments will continue until April.
Baker & Murakami Produce Co., Ontario, OR., is reporting a similar onion crop and it sees normal volume for it yellow, red and white onions.
The Snake River region is known for its large onions, which are particularly popular with foodservice operators.
Sunset Produce LLC of Prosser, WA will be shipping its storage onions until mid-May. The company has yellow, red and white onions, sweet onions and some shallots.
National Onion Inc., of Las Cruces, N.M., is a shipper and broker of onions and during the winter months brokers red, white and yellow onions from Onions 52 Inc., of Syracuse, Utah. The company is reporting good quality.
Fagerberg Produce Inc. of Eaton, CO will have less volume this season due to weather factors during the growing period last summer. Reporting good quality, Fagerberg will be shipping red, white and yellow onions into March.
Western Idaho – Malheur County, Oregon onions – grossing about $4700 to Dallas.