New Mexico is a top producer of onions, and researchers at New Mexico State University continue to peel back the layers of why it’s an important crop in our state. The community has the chance to learn more about their findings at this year’s Onion Field Day.
The onion breeding program at NMSU’s College of Agricultural, Consumer, and Environmental Sciences will host the field day from 8 to 11 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, at the Fabian Garcia Science Center.
“Onions are very important crop for New Mexico,” said Chris Cramer, horticulture professor in the NMSU College of ACES. “In 2022, 5,700 acres of onions were harvested in New Mexico. Those acres produced a total of 165,300 tons of onions. Those onions had a farm-gate valve of $153 million. In terms of farm-gate value of agricultural crops grown in New Mexico, onions would rank third behind alfalfa and pecans.”
The event will begin with an opening welcome by Stephanie Walker, extension vegetable specialist in the College of ACES, and a brief presentation on the history of onions in New Mexico before the walking tour of the research plots.
Speakers on site will include Ana Cecilia Ramirez Licon, William Peebles, Chris Cramer, Suman Sharma and Brian Schutte, who will present and discuss their research at the actual location in the field where it’s taking place. Attendees will learn some of the results they have observed, and the importance of the research.
Registration will begin at 7:30 a.m. and the event is free to the public.