They’re back: Onion harvest returns for local farmers after rough weather years

BLUE TOWN — Every morning Abraham Castillo gets off his pickup truck with his two dogs ready to farm his crops.

Castillo’s German Sheppard, Milagros, always rides “shotgun” and Charlie a black Labrador likes cruising in the back with the equipment on the way to manage the 18-acre onion field on Military Highway along the Texas and Mexico border south of La Feria.

The longtime farmer enjoys farming with his two dogs.

And this year Castillo is having a good onion season, unlike his last two years.

“Last year was a disaster,” said the 59-year-old area crop farmer. “I didn’t harvest any onions because we had so much rain.”

This season, Castillo got off to a late start on account of the rains in October and November.

Or he would have planted even more onions, he said.

He said he will be sending thousands of 50-pound bags of onions to the Tex-Mex Sales packaging group in Weslaco who will buy, and sell his harvest up north.

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