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The Vidalia sweet onion, declared the official state vegetable in 1990, is perhaps the greatest agricultural success story in Georgia's history. By the 2000's about 12,000 acres were planted annually, with an average annual farmgate value of $150 million. UGA Extension continues to provide growers a variety of information to help have the best output with the least amount of labor possible.

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Vidalia Onions at UGA Crop history, events calendar, newsletter, researcher contacts and links to websites and publications.

Vidalia Onion and Vegetable Research Center Describes center featuring research plots primarily for onions but also for other fruits and vegetables.

Sustainable Agriculture at UGA Brings together information on sustainable agriculture including organic agriculture, pollinators, and other resources.

Impact Statements: Onions Descriptions of Extension efforts to improve knowledge and practices related to onions.

UGA Department of Horticulture Learn more about the horticulture department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

UGA Department of Plant Pathology Learn more about the plant pathology department at the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.

Commodity Teams at CAES Teams made up of research scientists and extension specialists work together to provide the latest technology and information for efficient, profitable production of some of Georgia's most valuable commodities.

External sites

Vidalia Onion Committee Brief facts on onion production and industry. Recipes, nutritional information, links and sections targeted to growers and kids.

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Vidalia Onions at UGA Research and Extension information concerning Vidalia onions with a searchable database of the Vidalia Onion Research-Extension Reports dating back to 1992.
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  • Freezing Onions Freezing Onions UGA Extension food safety pro gives tips on how to store onions. Published: 05/21/19
  • Onion Storage Onion Storage Limited harvest time frame leads most onion farmers to store their crops. Published: 04/22/19
  • Onion Crop Onion Crop Excessive rainfall in Georgia during November and December may raise the risk for potential onion diseases. Published: 01/29/19
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Top Onion Producers
County Name Value
Tattnall $65,556,000
Toombs 37,925,000
Echols 15,000,000
Wayne 8,631,000
Evans 8,200,000
Emanuel 4,500,000
Montgomery 3,852,500
Candler 3,750,000
Bulloch 1,700,000
Worth 300,000
State Total: $149,550,320

Displaying farm gate values for 2018. Values are tallied in October for the previous year.