Harvest of Malheur County’s onion crop pinched by weather

Mother Nature dealt local onion producers a wet and rainy hand during the past few weeks creating a delay in the local harvest. (The Enterprise/Pat Caldwell)

VALE – The annual onion harvest is behind schedule and area producers and packers are hoping Mother Nature will grant the county a respite from poor weather.

So far the weather hasn’t been very cooperative. Not only was the planting season in the spring delayed by rains but recent cool weather and storms have stranded millions of onions in local fields.

“We haven’t really started yet. We’re still behind, still lifting onions,” said Jeff Baer, a Vale-area onion producer.

In other places across the valley, the onion harvest is moving ahead but it lags several weeks behind normal.

“Normally at this point in . . .