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Growers pack up cold, damp 2019 onion season

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 – Area onion producers and packers are nearing the finish line on a 2019 harvest noteworthy for its delays caused by cold and wet weather.

Friday, Grant Kitamura, the general manager and part owner of the onion packing firm Baker & Murakami Produce in Ontario, rushed to get about 150 acres of onions in during the weekend to beat a freeze Monday.

“We will get it done. We have three days to get them in but that’s not a problem,” said Kitamura.

Cold and wet weather descended on the valley off and on throughout the harvest and stymied work to bring onions in for many producers.

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