About 18 onion storage and packing facilities in southwestern Idaho and Eastern Oregon have collapsed over the past week from the weight of snow and ice, knocking out about 25 percent of the region’s total onion processing capacity, industry sources say.
“This is major. There are a lot of them down,” said Murakami Produce General Manager Grant Kitamura.
Prices for the Spanish bulb onions grown in this region have risen dramatically as a result.
Heavy snowstorms since December were followed by near-freezing rain last week and then more snow. That has caused many structures throughout the Treasure Valley area to collapse.
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