With production down by an estimated 25 percent this season, Snake River Produce in Nyssa, OR, is working with tighter supplies, according to General Manager Kay Riley.
The other side of the coin is that quality of the Spanish Sweets out of the Idaho-Eastern Oregon growing region is good and markets are strong, he said.
Mr. Riley told The Produce News that 2012’s growing conditions were not particularly favorable. Hail, wind and driving rain set growers back during the spring, and the summer closed out as the fourth-hottest on record.
“We were affected more than we thought,” Mr. Riley said.
“When we started harvest, the early fields were good, but as we got into it, we saw our storage was short,” he added.
Mr. Riley said Snake River will finish in mid-March as it does during normal years. “We’re stretching it out for our prior commitments,” he said of onions in storage.
“Generally the quality is very good,” he continued. “Our supplies of reds are about the same as most years, and we don’t produce many whites. Our yellows are down.”
A leader in farm and shed food-safety/traceability measures, Snake River has received superior ratings from AIB third-party auditor, and its grower base is GAP-certified through the USDA.
The company is also a charter member of Certified Onions Inc. and participates in multi-level testing by the non-profit operation that works in tandem with the Oregon Department of Agriculture.