May 2019
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With spring a bit later than "normal", we have received quite a few calls asking about watering recently. We thought we would touch on watering again this month since it's the most important component of growing a crop!

Our cantaloupe crop is nearly ready for harvest. Stay tuned through the summer months for cantaloupe updates.

Happy Onion Growing,

Bruce "The Onionman" and Jeanie Frasier
Furrow Irrigating Your Onion Beds
Furrow irrigation is sometimes referred to as flood irrigation. This is where we get the term "flood the beds". Many customers ask us which is the preferred method of irrigating onions, and we usually recommend this method. Read on to learn more about furrow irrigating your onion beds. 

When to Furrow Irrigate
You will want to water occasionally  but thoroughly, applying about one inch of water each time. We recommend using the "knuckle rule" to tell when it's time to water. Stick your finger into the ground near the plants; if you can't feel moisture up to your first knuckle, it's time to water.  In a typical 12 week growing season, we recommend irrigating with one inch of water once or twice a week depending on the amount of rainfall received. 

How to Furrow Irrigate
The furrow irrigation method encompasses "flooding the beds" in the furrows and allowing the plants to soak up water slowly and thoroughly. As a general rule, when the top of the bed is totally darkened by moisture, you have provided enough water to your onions. Furrow irrigation is the main method of watering used on our farm. Check out these videos below to learn more about furrow irrigation.

Furrow Irrigating Your Onions
Furrow Irrigating Your Onions

Onion Furrow Irrigation
Onion Furrow Irrigation

We hope your crop is off a great start! For many of our customers, spring arrived late. If you have growing questions, please don't hesitate to give us a call.  Contact Customer Service at (830) 876-2430 or email customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
From Our Friends
Terry S. of Bouse, AZ recently sent us photos of his 2019 Texas Legend onions! 
Terry writes, "Here's a picture of a few of the onions from the 2019 harvest of Texas Legends from here in the heart of the Sonoran Desert. This is my second year of raising Texas Legends, 1015 Sweet and Yellow Granex onions. Great producers!

We are impressed, Terry! Thanks for sharing your photos with us.
 
 

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
Fertilizers
We offer numerous products to help you fertilize and protect your onions. All our 
fertilizers  and  weed-and-feed products come in resealable 4 lb. and 12 lb. bags.

Start your plants off right with our  Dixondale Farms Onion Special 10-20-10  to help establish their root systems. Our unique fertilizer is blended to include all of the micro-nutrients that onions require for optimal bulb formation. Both 4 lb. and 12 lb. bags are available.  4 lb. bags start at $19.95.

 

Once your plants are established, feed them  Ammonium Sulfate Fertilizer 21-0-0   to maximize growth and bulbing potential. This will help your onions generate more foliage and, therefore, more rings and larger bulbs. Both 4 lb. and 12 lb. bags are available. 4 lb. bags start at $19.95.

Fungicides 
Mancozeb Keep your onion plants disease free. We offer  Mancozeb Fungicide with Zinc to help control diseases such as downy and powdery mildew, blight, neck rot, and botrytis. This product is a broad spectrum, protectant fungicide that prevents fungal and bacterial spores from forming on your leaves. Spray this product as a protectant on a weekly basis 3 weeks after planting up until 2 weeks before harvest. Use as  needed in the event of wet weather.  One pint starts at $19.95.

OxiDate

Protect your organic onion crops with  OxiDate Organic Fungicide. OxiDate offers powerful disease control by killing fungal and bacterial spores on contact while remaining eco-friendly. May be used as a preventative and curative treatment on any type of fruit or vegetable. OMRI listed for organic production. 32 fl. oz. starting at $18.95.


For organic gardening controlling Botrytis, Tip Blight, Rust, Downy mildew, Powdery mildew, Spider Mites, Aphids, Whiteflies, and other insect pests, use Neem. Multi-purpose fungicide/insecticide/miticide - a 3-in-1 product. Kills egg, larvae, and adult stages of insects. Prevents fungal attack of plant tissue. This product can be used on vegetables, fruits, nuts, flower, and house plants.  $18.95
Around the Farm

We are completely out of onions at the farm! As we move to cantaloupe harvest, we wanted to share some cantaloupe crop photos with you!



 

Cooking with Onions
Lovin' Onions Bake

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 pepper, 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.
Thanks to Mr. Food for this great onion recipe! If you have an onion recipe you'd like us to share, please email it to  customerservice@dixondalefarms.com .
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. 2020 Catalogs will be mailed in early October.  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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