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Columbia Basin Vegetable Crops

Prepared by Dr. N.S. Bill Mansour, Extension Specialist—Vegetable Crops, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, © 1999. This is a list of vegetable crops that are either currently grown, are recommended alternate crops, are experimental crops, or are not recommended for the Columbia Basin. The Columbia Basin vegetable region includes parts of Morrow, and Umatilla counties as indicated on the map at right. The Columbia Basin is a major area for the production of potatoes, sweetcorn, melons and onions and a number of other temperate vegetables, herbs and vegetable seeds. Crops are produced for both fresh market and processing. The Columbia Basin vegetable region includes parts of Gillam, Morrow, and Umatilla counties as indicated on the map at right. The Columbia Basin is a major area for the production of most temperate vegetables, herbs and vegetable seeds. Crops are produced for both fresh market and processing.

Columbia Basin

Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center

Oregon State University Commercial Vegetable Production Guides

Existing Crops
Recommended New, Alternate or Underutilized Crops
Experimental New Or Alternate Crops
Not Recommended

Existing Crops

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Asparagus A major crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area.

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Cantaloupe

A crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area.

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Cucumbers & Pickles

A crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area. Production dictated by market limitations.

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Pickling
Slicing

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Garlic

A crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area. Grown for both fresh market and local dehydration companies.

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Dry onions

A major crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area. Grown for both fresh market and dehydration companies.

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Green Lima Beans A processing crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area.

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Green Peas

A major crop, well adapted to the soils and climate of the area. Elevation differences are used to spread harvest season for processing.

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Hot Peppers

A crop, well adapted to the soils and climate of the area. Production limited by market limitations.

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Sweet Peppers

A crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area. Production limited by market limitations.

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Potatoes

A major crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area.

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Pumpkins

A crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area. Production limited by market limitations.

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Snap Bean

Some grown for local processors. Varieties need to be curly top resistant and adapted to the warmer climate of this area.

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Sweet Corn

A major crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area.

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Tomatoes

A crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area. Curly top may be a problem. Production limited by market limitations.

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Watermelons

A major crop, well adapted to the sandy soils and climate of the area.

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Vegetable seed crops A number of important vegetable seed crops are grown in this area.

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Recommended New, Alternate or Underutilized Crops

Pearl onions

Sandy soils of the area are well suited for production. These are produced for processing.

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Baby carrots

Sandy soils of the area are well suited for production. These are produced for processing.

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Edamame
(vegetable soybean)
For fresh market or processing where markets can be developed.

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Experimental New or Alternate

Culinary and medicinal herbs

Where markets can be developed.

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Not Recommended

The Vegetable Crop listing was compiled and written by Dr. N.S. Bill Mansour, Extension Specialist—Vegetable Crops, Department of Horticulture, Oregon State University, © 1999. Questions related to these plants should be addressed to Dr. Mansour at mansourb@bcc.orst.edu