There are still some onion sets on the market. Nevertheless, from this week, the Dutch company, WDK Onions, will be moving full steam ahead with seed onions. "This is still in a transition week for us. Next week we'll switch entirely," says Mike de Koster. "The early onion sets were of very poor quality. The later ones were in the ground longer. We experienced fewer problems with those. So we advise allowing the onions to dry properly in the field."
"The onions sets look great, but they're now dying fast. They're also ripening sooner than we'd first anticipated. But, the onions in the south of the Netherlands look good this year. That hasn't always been the case in recent years. Seed onion harvesting has, however, just begun. Time will tell how the quality holds up," Mike continues.
"There's plenty of demand. We're very busy, so no complaints about that. Africa is pulling the cart, but the demand's quite broad. Eastern Europe is also on the market. There's still little demand from Asia. But that might be due to the high transportation costs."
"I think the demand will continue. Onions' prices are very fixed at around €0.13 to €0.14. I don't see it budging. That means there's quite a bit of supply. After all, farmers have sown 11% more. So there won't be shortages any time soon. Though, yields could still be lower here and there," Mike concludes.