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Growers report decent onion season
October 20, 2005 By DYLAN
DARLING H&N Staff Writer
Growers of the flavorful
bulb are bringing in their harvest around the
Klamath Basin and reports are it's been a decent
“Conditions are getting better every day the sun keeps shining,” Seus said.
Basin onions are some of the last to come out of
the ground in California and Oregon, and most aren't
headed for a supermarket shelf or a restaurant's
Dan Chin, who grows onions
on both sides of the California-Oregon border near
Merrill, said when the dehydration plant managers
want Basin onions depends on when they get onions
from southern and central California.
The October moisture has
created dirt clouts that can end up in the trucks
with the onions, Seus said. The plant managers don't
want to pay to haul dirt so they have rules about
how much dirt they will accept with each load.
Although this year's onion
growing season started late and is ending a bit
early, Chin said a good summer made up for it.
But growers have said the
yields are somewhat down because of the late start,
said Harry Carlson, director and farm advisor at the
University of California's research center in
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