UNH scientists successfully grow onions overwintered in low tunnels

Press release:

In response to high demand for year-round local produce, researchers with the University of New Hampshire report they have successfully grown bulbing onions planted in fall for a spring harvest with the aid of inexpensive low tunnels.

The new research, which was funded by the NH Agricultural Experiment Station (NHAES) and by Northeast SARE (Sustainable Agriculture Research & Education), may provide additional marketing opportunities for growers in cold climates who have been trying to meet the demands for fresh, year-round, locally grown produce.

“Direct-market sales are the primary outlet for growers in our region, and these off-season onions would likely be sold individually at sizes determined by local market preferences,” the researchers said.

NHAES faculty researcher Becky Sideman, extension professor of sustainable horticulture production at UNH, and her colleagues with the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, University of Massachusetts Extension, and UNH Cooperative Extension, present their research findings in the December 2014 issue of HortTechnology in the article “Production of Bulbing Onion Overwintered in New Hampshire with Protection by Low Tunnels.”

Read more here: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2015-01/uonh-uss010715.php