METTER, GA (WTOC)- Severe winter weather left its mark on Vidalia onion fields across Southeast Georgia. The damage is easy to spot, thanks to an innocent-looking bulb that pops up at the top of ruined onion plants.
Called a seed-stem, it serves as a "red flag" to harvest crews to leave it in the field for tractors to plow it back into the dirt. But some fields have so many stems, farmers will leave the entire crop.
Kevin Hendrix, of Hendrix Produce, said that is the case with one of his family's 50-plus acre plots.