Late spring and wet conditions led to harvesting finishing late UK growers face major shortfall in onion crop Onion growers have recorded one of the worst seasons on record, plagued by a late spring and wet conditions which led to harvesting finishing late and the final crop not reaching stores until early November, a month later than normal. As a result, says the British Onion Producers' Association, now harvesting is completed, there will be a 60,000 tonne shortfall. This figure could rise as the other fear is that the 320,000 tonne crop could face some difficulties with quality while in storage as the season progresses. With retailers facing a shortage of good quality bulbs, there are already more imports from Holland and other northern European countries which shipped some 2,500 tonnes a week during September and October. Another two months and the market would be back in balance, but the season will continue until May. At present, English onion prices on wholesale markets are still in line with last year at around £4-£4.50 per 25kg bag. This compares with £3.60-£3.80 for Dutch. BOPA has already forecast that prepack supplies will be tight in the new year, which could also have a knock on effect bringing early arivals of southern hemisphere onions which use English growers' stores. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}