We are the Farmer, Grower, Shipper, & Packer.
The first set of NIR cameras take 10 photos that allows us to see 2-3 layers into each onion. We can find bruising, decay, mold and sunburn to name a few. This helps us to see things our amazing people can’t and it keeps our customers from finding any unsightly surprises too, pun intended.
The second set of high powered digital cameras take another 10 photos to look for defects on a level that no human can. We can find cuts, stains, roots, tops, color variation and dozens of other things you would never even think of. What all this means are better aesthetics, quality, consistency and fewer headaches.
The third set of cameras project a high powered light through each onion bulb. This allows us to see what’s happening all the way to the center of the onion. We can find dry-scale, internal decay and translucent scale. No surprises when cutting our onions in half.
We love the folks who help hand-grade our onions, but they don’t have x-ray vision. To help them out we have invested millions in the most sophisticated sorting and grading systems in the world. We take 41 pictures of each and every onion we sell. That’s over 4 BILLION photos a year.
Extremes in climate mean more risk for farmers and more volatility for non-farmers. Operations like ours are the best hedge against these extremes. We control all aspects of the process. We are the farmer, grower, packer, shipper and processor. The buck stops with us. It also means the transparency of process and control is something you will seldom see and that’s because we have nothing to hide.
We want to improve the land and improve our chances for survival into the future. This means our team of specialists here at Owyhee Produce are constantly taking real world steps to reduce our impact on the environment. We are doing our part to “Make a Difference”.