- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 25, 2016

SALEM, Ore. (AP) - Producers in the Idaho-Eastern Oregon area saw onion yields that are larger in both quantity and size this year.

The Capital Press reports (https://is.gd/Zqhy0S ) that despite the bigger yields in 2016, prices dropped, meaning producers saw about break-even earnings. The Idaho-Eastern Oregon growing region has about 300 growers who produce roughly 25 percent of the United States’ Spanish bulb onions.

Snake River Produce Manager Kay Riley says the larger-than-normal crop led to depressed prices, a situation made worse by a strong U.S. dollar and weak export market. Bulb onion prices are about 50 percent of what they were this time last year and nearing the break-even price for farmers.

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Information from: Capital Press, https://www.capitalpress.com/washington

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