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November 3, 2022

Markon First Crop (MFC) Onions are being shipped out of storage from Idaho, Oregon, Utah, and Washington. The Northwest season will run through April.   

  • Growers planted approximately 7% to 10% fewer acres this season due to higher input costs such as fuel, labor, fertilizers, and packaging
  • The Northwest experienced unfavorable cold and rainy weather this past spring during the planting phase, forcing many growers to plant later than normal
    • The weather was also hotter than normal during the growing season
    • Overall crop size is smaller again this season due to the weather swings
  • Medium and jumbo onions dominate availability; limited amounts of colossal and super colossal are available; there will continue to be a significant price gap in the medium and large size packs ($6.00 to $9.00 between medium and jumbo sizes)
  • Onion quality is excellent; supplies possess solid, globe-like shape, and firm texture
    • Yellow onions have golden, cured skins
    • Red onion skins have set nicely with occasional papery layers
  • Despite acreage being down, softer overall demand has kept prices stable
  • Expect steady markets through the holidays followed by an increase after the New Year as suppliers assess remaining volume
  • Below is a recent USDA Shipments report on the dry onion category, concurring with the weaker overall demand (shipments are down approximately 14% from 2021)

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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