Extension helps farmers grow sweeter onions through soil management University of Georgia Cooperative Extension is instrumental in helping Vidalia onion farmers produce a sweeter onion crop. Through work at the UGA Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center and in surrounding southeast Georgia counties — the hub of Vidalia onion production — onion research has yielded timely information, including data relating to flavor, to aid growers in their production every year. “Growers want to know every year what varieties do the best in our trials. They use that information to help them in variety selection,” said Chris Tyson (BSA – Agriscience and Environmental Systems, ’06), UGA Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources agent in Tattnall County, Georgia. According to Tyson, the agents aren’t breeding onions. They’re researching varieties from onion companies to see how they perform
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