Extreme temperatures and fungal disease destroyed over a third of last year's Vidalia onion crop. But farmers across Georgia's 20 county Vidalia growing region are hopeful about this year's harvest. Vidalias are Georgia's third most profitable agricultural product just behind peanuts and pecans.
The state's Vidalia onion plants are doing fine for now. That's what the Vidalia Onion Committee is saying about the state's $83 million a year Southeast Georgia crop as temperatures fall below freezing and federal agriculture officials declare a disaster because of lack of rain.