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Vidalia recovers from rough start, crop could be early

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VIDALIA, GA — Early season weather problems have been overcome and the region is expecting a normal season with a crop that could be above average in quality despite some early stand losses that diminished volume slightly.

Now that's assuming "the cow doesn't walk over the cliff," as one grower put it. Meaning barring unexpected bad weather or events, the deal should come off in excellent shape.

Across the board the region expects to produce roughly 11,000 acres. Last year’s crop was a little over 12,000 acres, typical for the deal.

It will likely be ready well ahead of the April 25 start date set by Georgia Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black. Most growers say they will have market-ready onions between April 10 and April 15.

A Vidalia advisory council is expected to recommend that Black move this year's start date up, as state law allows. If he doesn't, there will still be Vidalias coming to market but labeled as sweet onions or possibly in some cases "Georgia sweets."

Stay tuned to The Produce News for updates.