Jimmy Bassetti of J&D Produce Talks About His Texas Onions
EDINBURG, TX - Some growers in South Texas may be down, but they are definitely not out, as recent weather reports have communicated a less than favorable winter and spring for Texas and the Midwest.
Based in the Rio Grande Valley of South Texas, Jimmy Bassetti, Partner/Owner of J&D Produce, tells us that while there were losses during the early season, the company now has promotable volumes and are committed to delivering consistent quality on the company’s sweet onions.
“We are only about 25 percent of the way into our crop with average to above average yields and with no rejections on our Texas onions to date,” Jimmy tells me. “And the outlook is only improving.”
J&D’s early season varieties were affected by weather with heavy seeding issues, but their current growing regions where they are planting are doing just fine.
It’s true that Texas has had its fair share of losses, he notes. There are so many different variables to consider. “The severity of the damage depends on when you plant, where you plant in the Rio Grande Valley, how heavy or light the soils are, and what variety you chose to plant during that time in the season. All these things come into play.”
“Currently, the onion market is in great shape and volumes look good,” Jimmy notes.
The weather J&D has dodged this past week has left them feeling very fortunate. And while there is the possibility of a day or more of possible thunderstorms, Jimmy tells me that he sees sunny skies up ahead.