The process of planting an onion into the ground begins years before the first onion is even planted. Onion farming are part of a comprehensive four to five year rotation that usually begins with corn, and ends with a pre-onion crop of wheat or peas.
- The ground is prepared in the fall to allow the soil to mellow through the freezing and thawing action of the spring and winter months.
- In the spring the ground is manicured one additional time and then the drip tape is place into the soil.
- After the drip tape is placed, the planter arrives and plants rows of the crop parallel to the tape.
- The drip irrigation system is assembled and first watering begins. Perfect little circles of water cover the field.
- Crops are watered and nourished during the summer months in preparation for the late-summer harvest.
- In preparation for harvest the drip tape is removed and the crops are lifted. This separates the roots from the soil and begins the “curing process.”
- After the onions have cured for 1-2 weeks they are ready to be harvested. Harvesters arrive and load the onions into 10 wheeler trucks and taken to the storage.
Our drip irrigated onions use 60% less water, have 0% runoff of waste-water, deliver nutrients and water directly to each plant, which in turn increases our farm’s overall yield.
- The crops are then unloaded from the trucks into wooden storage bins, where they will remain for up to 8 months, and placed inside the storage.
- When needed, onions are removed from storage and taken by forklift to the packing line.