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    Countdown Is On for Sweet Vidalia Onion Harvest

    The Vidalia Onion Advisory Panel has identified April 17 as the shipping start date to begin the 2008 Vidalia onion season.

    "We believe that we will have another quality, steady crop this season," said Bo Herndon, Vidalia Onion committee chairman. "Once that first crop of the season gets off the farm on April 17, we anticipate volume to pick up from there through the end of the month.  All indications point to a good crop of quality onions again this year."
     
    Vidalia Onions shipped prior to April 17 must have a federal-state inspection certificate verifying the onions have met the established grade requirements and are under "positive lot identification" as approved by the federal-state inspection service.
     
    The Vidalia Onion Committee reports the 2008 crop will come from an estimated 11,400 acres -- down from last year's 12,683 acres.

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