December 2019
Greetings!

We wish all of our customers and gardening friends a Happy Holiday season! Each year at this time we reflect on how fortunate we are to do business with such great customers. Thank you for your loyalty to Dixondale Farms.

Much of the southern states have their onion plants in the ground while our northern states customers will anxiously await gardening season this upcoming spring. Fungal disease is one of the main factors that keeps a crop from reaching its full potential. Read on about how to detect fungal disease in your garden before it's too late.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year,
Detection of Fungal Disease in Onions
One of the most crucial steps of growing onions successfully is keeping them healthy and disease free. Detecting the early signs of diseases in onions starts with inspecting the foliage. Almost all diseases start with the symptoms of small white sports that are surrounded by a green halo. The centers of the spots often are tan, making it difficult to distinguish between fungal spores and damage from insect feeding, mechanical damage, or damage from wind or herbicide injury. These lesions expand with age and when numerous, may cause the leaf tips to dieback. Eventually, leaf death will result and those severely effected plants will develop a blighted appearance. Bulb size will be reduced because growth is reduced by leaf loss.
Staying ahead with a preventive fungicide program is the key to disease prevention. The fungus can over-winter in infected plant material or may survive in the soil. Wet, warm weather can spread the disease rapidly. Orienting plant rows and increasing the spacing between plants help reduce the time the leaves stay wet and results in less disease incidence and severity. Deep plowing and crop rotation will help reduce the numbers of the spores in the soil.
Early stages of Blight
We have several fungicide options that we recommend. Mancozeb Fungicide with Zinc and OxiDate Organic Fungicide. Both of these products keep disease out of the foliage during the growing stages and will also help prevent any diseases that will cause rotting in storage ensuring your onions store to their maximum potential.

To keep your onions disease free, we suggest putting your onions on a bi-weekly preventive treatment plan. If you notice early signs of disease, these products can be used weekly as needed.
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OxiDate
We have several fungicide options that we recommend. Mancozeb Fungicide with Zinc and OxiDate Organic Fungicide. Both of these products keep disease out of the foliage during the growing stages and will also help prevent any diseases that will cause rotting in storage ensuring your onions store to their maximum potential.

To keep your onions disease free, we suggest putting your onions on a bi-weekly preventive treatment plan. If you notice early signs of disease, these products can be used weekly as needed.
To see our entire selection of growing products available or place your orders, visit our   Web site  . You may also contact Customer Service at (830) 876-2430 or email  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com . We look forward to another season of providing the highest quality onion plants for you.
If you can't plant your onions right away...
Sometimes Mother Nature doesn't always cooperate and you may have a spike in cooler, freezing temperatures or rain showers before you can get outside to plant. Don't worry -- onion transplants can live off the bulb for 3-4 weeks if you keep them cool and dry. Once you have opened your Dixondale Farms package, follow the steps below.
Mother Nature knows how to keep us farmers and gardeners on our toes, please don't hesitate to give us a call if you have questions or concerns.  Contact Customer Service at (830) 876-2430 or email  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
From Our Friends
Bill Slack of Colfax, CA shared his 2016 Highlander  harvest photos with us.

Bill writes, "Thanks for the great starts. I’m pretty happy with the results of my Highlanders this year. We also ordered red onions but they are still in the ground look forward to pulling them and to start enjoying them."

We appreciate Bill sharing his beautiful  Highlander  onions with us and wish him another successful growing year in 2020!

Share Your Photos with Us!
We enjoy receiving photos from our customers. We'd love to publish yours in an upcoming newsletter. Just e-mail your onion photos to   customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
Featured Products
Pre-Emergent Herbicides and Fertilizers
Before you start planting, it's best to flush out a few crops of weeds and provide your ground with a pre-plant fertilizer. We recommend using pre-emergent herbicides and fertilizers such as these below.

The presence of weeds during crop establishment can greatly reduce yields because the onion is a very shallow-rooted crop and cannot compete very well for water and nutrients. Don't let weeds take over your onion crop!  Treflan  provides pre-emergent weed and grass control in your transplanted onion garden, and can also be used with most vegetable transplants and flower gardens. It prevents newly germinated weeds and grasses from getting established.  4 lb. bag is $19.95, 2 or more $17.95 ea.
Contains a unique blend of organic humic acids and essential micro-nutrients such as magnesium, zinc, boron, copper, iron, manganese, and molybdenum.  This is the fertilizer you want to start your plants out with to establish the root system. Then apply the Ammonium Sulfate until the onions start to bulb.  4 lb. bag $20.95, 12 lb. bag $40.95.
This unique fertilizer and an organic pre-emergent herbicide (corn gluten meal) all in one will help flush out feeds and feed your onions!  Allows you to establish your onions in a weed-free area with the essential nutrients for huge, delicious bulbs before you begin to apply the Ammonium Sulfate.  4lb. bag $20.95, 12 lb. bag $40.95.
This unique blend of organic fertilizer (3-5-3) is mixed with an organic pre-emergent herbicide (corn gluten) to provide weed control and the essential fertilizer ingredients your onions, leeks, and shallots need.  4lb. bag $22.95, 12 lb. bag $43.95.
Around the Farm
Below are some photos of our annual Dixondale Christmas luncheon. It's a nice time to get together for food and fun!
From left to right, top to Bottom: Bruce and Jeanie Frasier, Customer Service and Shipping Team, Farm Crew, and Packingshed Crew.
Cooking with Onions
Lovin Onions
Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7 onions, coarsely chopped (about 7 cups)
  • 1/2 cup self-rising flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Cheddar cheese, divided
  •  1 1/4 cups (5 ounces) shredded Monterrey jack cheese, divided
  •  1 tablespoon jarred jalapeno peppers, drained and chopped (optional)
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat a 1-1/2-quart casserole with cooking spray. 
  2. In a large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onions and sauté about 10 minutes, or until softened. 
  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine flour, salt, and pepper. Add 1 cup of each cheese; mix well. Add jalapeño peppers, if desired, and cooked onions; mix well. Pour into prepared casserole dish. Combine remaining cheese and sprinkle evenly over onion mixture.
  4.  Bake 30 minutes, or until cheese is melted and bubbly.
Makes 8 servings. Cooking Time 40 min.

This great onion recipe comes from  Mr Food Test Kitchen !
Onion-Roasted Potatoes
Ingredients
  • 2 pounds red potatoes, sliced 1/2 inch thick
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 envelope onion soup mix
  • Salt & Pepper to taste
  • Can add Cheese or Sour Cream as a side with this recipe
Instructions
Combine all ingredients in a large plastic bag; shake until well coated. Empty bag into an ungreased 13-in. x 9-in. baking pan. Cover and bake at 350° for 35 minutes, stirring occasionally. Uncover and bake 15 minutes longer or until potatoes are tender.

This great onion recipe comes from  Taste of Home !
Christmas Onion Soup
Ingredients
  • 2 large onions
  • 2 tablespoon margarine
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 4 cups of milk
  • ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 egg yolks, beaten
  • Parmesan cheese
Instructions
  1. Cook onions in butter or margarine for about 10 minutes, until tender but not brown.
  2. Sprinkle onions with flour; stir until blended. Add milk, cover, and simmer for 20 minutes.
  3. Stir a small amount of hot soup into beaten egg yolks, stirring until blended. Return egg mixture to soup, and stir until well blended. Add salt and black pepper. Sprinkle each serving with grated Parmesan cheese.

This great onion recipe comes from  All Recipes ! If you have an onion recipe you'd like us to share, please email it to  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
Q&A: Onion Transplants vs. Onions Sets
Q.  What is the difference between onion transplants and onion sets?   

A.   Onion transplants are plants that are started by commercial growers as seeds in winter, pulled when they have four or five leaves, and shipped at the appropriate time for planting. That's how we operate. The seeds can be started in a greenhouse or are field-grown by onion plant growers in southern states.

Onion sets are produced by commercial growers by planting seeds and letting the onions produce small bulbs. The bulbs are stored over winter, and sold to gardeners to plant in their gardens in spring. Almost all onions sold as sets are extremely Long Day varieties, and when planted in short- or intermediate-day areas, they will produce only green onions.
All Your Questions Answered
We have answers to your  frequently asked questions ! Just click the link for information on planting, caring, feeding, harvesting, and storing onions.  
You can also read our electronic  Planting Guide  or download and print a  PDF guide  (which includes leeks). 

And be sure to review our  short videos  on Facebook. Topics range from fertilizing and dealing with cold weather to how onion plants are harvested. You can view these videos even if you don't have a Facebook account.
About Dixondale Farms
As the largest and oldest onion plant farm in the U.S., Dixondale Farms offers a wide selection of top-quality, disease-free, ready-to-plant onion plants. To see our complete product line or get growing tips and cultural information, visit our  Web site  .

New customer? Request your 2020 catalog  here .  We're available from 8:15 AM to 5:00 PM CT at 830-876-2430, or e-mail us at  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com  .

Whether you're planting one bunch or thousands of acres, we're committed to your success.
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We invite you to join the community on our   Facebook page  . You can connect with us and fellow growers to share stories, photos, recipes, weather information, and other tips. 
We're on Pinterest too. Check out  our Pins  which include photos covering small space onion gardens, tasty onion recipes, planting tips, and more.
Don't forget to subscribe to our   YouTube  channel! Our videos will guide you on selecting the right onion variety, applying fertilizer, the best weed control options, and more.

You can also join us on  Instagram , a photo community where we're sharing even more Dixondale photos.
Dixondale Farms 
 P.O. Box 129, 
Carrizo Springs, TX 78834
(830) 867 2430