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Weather impacting onion production

California growers planted 7,800 acres of spring onions this year, down 4 percent from 2006. Planting began in most areas by early November under good conditions. Above normal temperatures stimulated early development, but a frost in January caused damage to some fields, according to USDA/NASS

Crop development progress is behind normal in some areas. Growers reported good stands and growth in many areas following recent rains.

California’s summer storage onion planted acreage is estimated at 32,200 acres, a decrease of 3 percent from last year. Planting was behind schedule due to rain and cold temperatures, however, no major problems were reported. The non-storage onion planted acreage is estimated at 9,400 acres, down 4 percent from last year. The California summer onion crop was planted with some delays due to rain and cold temperatures. Good growing conditions are currently being reported.

Nationally, the total planted onion acreage for all seasons in 2007 is estimated at 166,800 acres, down 5 percent from last year. Spring onions were planted on 34,000 acres in 2007, decreasing 17 percent from 2006. The summer non-storage onion planted acreage, at 20,900 acres, remained the same when compared to last year. The total storage planted acreage is 111,900 acres, down 1 percent from 2006. The total summer onion acreage, at 132,800 acres, is 1 percent below the previous year.

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