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Tuesday, March 20, 2012 - 10:47am

Vidalia Onions Coming Early

Georgia’s Vidalia onion crop is coming early. But farmers still don’t know how sweet the onions will taste after a warm, dry winter.

The onions will ship April 12th, a week ahead of last year. The crop is grown in a 20-county region of South Georgia and last year brought in $92 million.

Wendy Brannen is the Executive Director of the Vidalia Onion Committee. She says warm weather makes them grow faster and rain impacts sweetness.

“Right now the crop looks really good, but we are still kind of anxiously waiting to make sure they have those unique Vidalia flavor profiles and are as sweet as we’d like.”

Right now anyone wanting to use the trademarked term “Vidalia Onion” pays a marketing fee to the Georgia Department of Agriculture. Lawmakers are considering removing limits on those fees.

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