Fewer planted this year Initial forecasts points to a lighter English onion crop this year because as with other root vegetables, growers have cut acreages following a poor 1999 season. The British Onion Producers' Association (BOPA) estimates that some 500 hectares fewer have been planted. This could lead to a reduction of some 30,000 tonnes, although the estimate of just under 400,000 tonnes could be far less when harvesting is completed as wet cold weather has affected growth. Richard Arundel, BOPA chairman, says yields could be down by at least 10% and summer rain has led to possibilities of internal disease. {{FRESH PRODUCE }}