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River Point Farms sees red onions as strong and yellow as soft

River Point Farms, based in Hermiston, OR, is a vertically integrated, source-based onion supplier shipping whole skin-on, whole peel and cut onions to market 52 weeks per year. 

 MG 9355 “We are one of the largest producers of onions in the United States handling between 400 to 500 million pounds of onions annually,” said Stefan Matheny, director of sales at River Point Farms. “We grow yellow, red, sweet yellow, sweet Rred, white and organic yellows on our farms in the Columbia Basin. We have state-of-the-art packing and storage facilities that allow us to efficiently grow, store, pack and process quality onions year-round.”

Success comes from a firm commitment to attention to detail and being able to adjust quickly to the growing, storing and handling need of its onions, along with handling day-to-day customer needs.

River Point Farms started packing new crop in late June and it’s been soft on yellows this year. However, reds are stronger and overall, demand has been solid over the last month and the company anticipates that will continue into August.

“The growing season through June has been ideal. July has brought some additional heat units to the area, which we are managing through,” Matheny said. “Overall, at this point the crop looks good, stands are good and plants are healthy. The outlook is there’s a good supply of yellow onions in the ground in the Northwest and Idaho.  Onion stands in general are solid and so far harvest schedules look like they will begin early.”

Delbert Gehrke, specialty crop director for the company, says it is growing some larger acreages of some newer varieties that have been showing some promise in providing larger size and higher single centers.