Onion producers in south Texas expect to harvest 13,800 acres of spring onions this year.

Planted acreage for the 2001 spring crop decreased 5 percent from a year ago, to 14,500 acres. This is 5 percent more than the 1999 crop.

Expected acreage for harvest in the Lower Rio Grande Valley is estimated at 11,700 acres, up 10 percent from 2000. The onion crop was progressing well in the Valley.

In the San Antonio-Winter Garden and Laredo areas, producers expect to harvest 2,100 acres, down 45 percent from last year. Planting was delayed because of excessive moisture.

United States acreage planted for spring is forecast at 37,000 acres, down 11 percent from 2000, and 8 percent below two years ago.