Coming on the heels of a decreased 2006 crop, summer storage onion production is expected to rise 5 percent in 2007, according to a recent report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Growers are expected to harvest about 54 million hundredweight, do mostly to increased yields per acre.

Summer storage onions account provide the bulk of the nation's onions during the winter until spring harvest and account for 71 percent of all onions grown.

Output rose despite a 4 percent reduction in harvested area. The overall increase was due to a 10-percent-per-acre yield incresae as growers harvested 512 cwt per acre, the second largest per-acre yield only to the record 2004 yields.

Given strong supplies and average demand during the next several months, the USDA expects fresh dry bulb onion prices to remain well below the highs experienced a year earlier.

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