[Market-farming] Starting onions in ground

Shoemaker, William H wshoemak at illinois.edu
Wed Jan 2 20:27:27 EST 2013

I've known growers who direct-seed onions in N Illinois in late March for a mature crop in August/September. Its amazing how the lack of root disturbance really allows plant development to progress rapidly, especially once the long days of June get here. Drip irrigation really optimizes bulb size. Fresh seed planted as soon as the ground can be worked is critical. Excellent soil and bed preparation is important. And equipment that singulates pretty well and places seed properly is also very important. But it works well if done right and eliminates the whole transplant process.

William H. Shoemaker,
Northern Illinois Viticulturist - IGGVA
Illinois Grape Growers and Vinters Association
wshoemak at illinois.edu

From: market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org [market-farming-bounces at lists.ibiblio.org] on behalf of Chris Corbin [corbincdc at gmail.com]
Sent: Wednesday, January 02, 2013 6:59 PM
To: market-farming at lists.ibiblio.org
Subject: [Market-farming] Starting onions in ground

Hello all,
We are researching onion transplant possibilities for this season. We were wondering if anyone has had experience with direct seeding them in the ground in a high tunnel for transplant into the field.
 Did you put down potting soil first or just plant right into the ground?


Chris Corbin

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