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Idaho-Oregon Onion Industry Scrambles To Rebuild Damaged Facilities


Onion growers and packers are racing to rebuild storage and packing facilities after many were destroyed or damaged by last winter's heavy snows. A light crop this year may take some of the pressure off. 

Onion growers and packers are racing to rebuild storage and packing facilities after many were destroyed or damaged by last winter’s heavy snows. A light crop this year may take some of the pressure off. 

Sean Ellis/Capital Press

The Idaho-Oregon onion industry’s rebuilding efforts following the heavy damage to storage and packing facilities caused by this year’s harsh winter are in full swing and going well.

But with the main onion harvest set to begin about mid-September, some onion growers and shippers say they won’t be ready in time.

“There are definitely people who are delayed,” said Shay Myers, general manager of Owyhee Produce, an onion grower-shipper company in Nyssa, Oregon.

About 60 onion storage sheds and packing facilities in the Treasure Valley of Idaho and Oregon either collapsed or sustained major damage under the weight of several feet of snow and ice.

Read more at the Capital Press.

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