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Prepared by Dr. Alexander D. Pavlista, Extension Specialist in Potato, Department of Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Panhandle Research and Extension Center © 2000. The following is a list of vegetable and vegetable-use fruit crops grown in Nebraska under sprinkler and furrow irrigation. The major vegetables grown are dry edible bean and potato.

Existing Crops (> 10,000 acres)

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Dry Edible Bean

Dry bean is the major vegetable grown in Nebraska. It is grown under center-pivot (60%) and furrow (40%) irrigation. The Nebraska Panhandle and the South-West corner are the major production areas. Great Northern, Pinto and Light Red Kidney are the principle types produced. Nebraska ranks third in US production.

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Potato

As the second major vegetable crop in Nebraska, potato is grown almost exclusively under center-pivot irrigation. Production areas are the Panhandle (seed and chip), South-West (fresh market), South-Central (chip) and North-Central (fresh market and some fry). Nebraska ranks 10th in fall/summer production and has experienced substantial growth during the past decade.

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Popcorn

Popcorn is grown mostly under center-pivot irrigation as a rotation crop in the East. Some acreage is for seed but much is processed, pre-popped and seasoned. Yields are among the highest in the nation.

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Alternate Crops (100 - 10,000 acres)

Sweet Corn

Sweet corn is the major vegetable directly marketed to consumers by growers. Outlets are farmer's markets and road-side stands. It is grown across the State using furrow or garden irrigation. Highest yields recorded in the Panhandle.

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Onion

Onion has been grown for major markets at various times. Yields have been highest in the Panhandle but percent premiums have been best in the East. Overall yields in Nebraska exceed national average. Marketing and transportation are key problems.

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Cucumber

Cucumber is grown for pickle processing as well as fresh market in the North-East.

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Melons

Muskmelon (cantaloupe) and watermelon are grown for the fresh market and primarily in the East. They are usually sold along road-side stands and farmer's markets.

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Pumpkin

Small acreage of pumpkin are grown around State near population centers and sold fresh to markets for Halloween.

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Asparagus

Grown for the fresh market, asparagus is produced mostly along the Missouri River.

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Sweet Potato

Grown for the fresh market, sweet potato is produced mostly along the Missouri River.

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Experimental Crops (< 100 acres)

Carrot

Carrot is grown for both processing and fresh market in the Panhandle. Yield and quality has exceeded national averages.

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Tomato

Tomato is grown only for fresh market mostly along the Platte and North Platte Rivers (Panhandle and South). Direct-seeded tomato has out yielded transplants.

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Pea

Pea has the greatest potential based on yield in the Panhandle and South-West. Early planting would be needed to avoid July heat.

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Lima Bean

Yield trials on lima bean show highest yields in East and Center of State.

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Broccoli

Grown for frozen processing.

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Cauliflower

Grown for frozen processing.

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Pepper

Grown for frozen processing.

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Lettuce

Grown for local fresh markets.

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Cabbage

Grown for local fresh markets.

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Spinach

Grown for local fresh markets.

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This list of vegetable and vegetable-use fruit crops was prepared by Dr. Alexander D. Pavlista, Extension Specialist in Potato, Department of Horticulture, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Panhandle Research and Extension Center © 2000. Questions related to these plants should be addressed to Dr. Pavlista at apavlista1@unl.edu.