Writer: D'Lyn Ford
LAS CRUCES - The latest ways to grow, harvest and market onions will be the focus of the New Mexico Onion Conference March 1 at the Hilton Las Cruces.
"In the morning, the program is going to focus on some of the research that's been done here at New Mexico State University," said Chris Cramer, NMSU onion breeder. "The afternoon sessions will focus more on the marketing and promotion of onions here in New Mexico."
Two new varieties of onions from NMSU are being released to give growers more marketing windows, Cramer said.
The NuMex Chaco is a yellow-bulbed onion that matures in late May and early June. It is ideal for making onion rings because the bulb has a single center. NuMex Snowball is a spring-planted white line that matures during the last week of July. "At that time there are very few options for growers who want to grow a white onion," Cramer said.
The conference will feature a grower panel discussing experiences with drip irrigation, mechanical harvesting and producing seeds and transplants.
Representatives from the National Onion Association, Wal-Mart Produce Purchasing, New Mexico Dry Onion Commission and Alternative Onion Inspection will discuss marketing and promotion.
Prior to the conference there will be an open house at the Asgrow Research Station in Berino on Feb. 29 from 4 to 9 p.m. Registration for the conference is $35. For more information, contact Cramer at (505) 646-2657 or visit the World Wide Web site at: http://www.onion.nmsu.edu.
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