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Onion day draws interest from around the world

By Pat Caldwell
The Enterprise
ONTARIO — A seemingly inconspicuous event in Malheur County this week attracts visitors and industry experts from around the world.
The Malheur Experiment Station’s Onion Variety Day – held last Tuesday – may be under the community radar but for the global onion industry, it is a big deal.
The program features 40 varieties of onions.
“It is kind of a good way for growers and everyone in the industry to see a side-by-side comparisons of the different varieties,” said Stuart Reitz, the experiment station’s cropping analyst. Seed companies give the experiment station various onion varieties to test in a real-world growing environment. The station then grows the seeds in a controlled environment and assesses how the vegetables do in the local climate.
The onion day event provides seed producers and local farmers an up-close opportunity to evaluate how each . . .