Oregon Vegetables - A wide selection of vegetable production information including the OSU Vegetable Production Guides, VegNet, specialty seed production information, organic production information and more. Use fertilizer recommendations in the OSU Vegetable Production guides with caution because they have not been updated to reflect currently recommended nutrient management practices. The fertilizer guides listed below are more current.
Vegetable Publications - These resources offer detailed information on production of specific horticultural crops, focusing on sustainable and organic production methods for traditional produce, and also introducing a range of alternative crops and enterprises. In these publications you can find information on strategies for more sustainable greenhouse and field production of everything from lettuce to trees.
Edamame Production – Edamame, a traditional Japanese vegetable, is popularly grown in the United States. Information on the varieties, soil maintenance, planting, and production of edamame plants.
Baby Corn Production – Fresh baby corn has a crisp texture and a subtle, slightly sweet corn flavor. Although almost all the baby corn found in the United States is pickled or canned and imported from Asia, fresh baby corn is easy to grow in the Pacific Northwest. Baby corn is no longer a delicacy or specialty food reserved for salad bars and Asian restaurants; it is a locally produced delicious treat to eat raw or cooked in many recipes.
Nutrient Management for Sustainable Vegetable Cropping Systems in Western Oregon - Nutrient recommendations for vegetables in western Oregon are provided in this guide. Topics include sustainable soil health, soil testing and nutrient management, nitrogen management and technical aspects for fertilizer application ans use.
Soil Test Interpretation Guide - Regular soil testing is an important element in nutrient management. You can use soil tests as a diagnostic tool or to identify trends through time. To obtain meaningful test results, you must sample soil correctly, at the same time each year, and you must maintain records.
Sweet Corn Nutrient Management Guide: Western Oregon - Nutrient recommendations for processing and fresh-market sweet corn in western Oregon are provided in this guide. Sweet corn is typically grown in Benton, Clackamas, Lane, Linn, Polk, Marion, Yamhill, and Washington counties on Amity, Chehalis, Cloquato, Coburg, Concord, Newberg, Salem, Stayton, Willamette, and Woodburn soil series.
Nutrient Management for Onions in the Pacific Northwest - Nutrient management guide for growing onions, including information on the timing, managing, and assessing needs of onions. Assists onion growers and crop advisers in producing high-quality crop while protecting the environment from excess nutrients.
Soil Fertility Management for Organic Crops - Growers need sound information to guide their management decisions on organic vegetable production practices. Each publication in this series addresses a key aspect of organic production practices applicable to all vegetable crops.
Nutrient Management for Commercial Fruit & Vegetable Crops in Minnesota - Break down of essential nutrients required for plant growth, soil testing, and analysis of production. Recommendations for fertilizing fruit and vegetable crops are based in part on soil test results. Soil testing provides information on lime and fertilizer needs prior to planting and is particularly well calibrated for nutrients such as phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, calcium, sulfur, zinc, and boron.
The Diagnosis of Mineral Deficiencies in Plants by Visual Symptoms - This Book has been written primarily for the use of technical officers and advisers concerned with problems of crop production, and for progressive farmers, vegetable growers and fruit growers, but it is thought that it will not be without interest and of use to the large body of the general public who are interested in gardening in peace time and to whom the growing of food crops has become of vital importance during the war. It is hoped that the book will meet an important war-time need which has been felt by many technical officers who have had to deal with new and difficult problems of crop failures since the outbreak of war, for which quick solutions have been required.
Seed and Varieties
OSU Vegetable Variety Trials - Results of a variety of several kinds of vegetables grown and evaluated.
OSU Recommended Vegetable Varieties for home gardens - Recommended varieties of vegetables listed for all areas of the state except regions indicated.
Characteristics of Potato Varieties in the Pacific Northwest - This special report is intended to introduce growers, handlers and buyers to emerging varieties that are available. Basic information is provided in the form of outlines for eighteen potato varieties. Each outline contains information on variety characteristics, yield performance, cultural management and marketing.
Vegetables and Fruits A Guide to Heirloom Varieties and Community-Based Stewardship - Part of a set of three publications regarding a variety of vegetables and fruits.
SeedQuest - Global information service for seed professionals around the world.
Organic Seed Alliance - Organic Seed Alliance advances the ethical development and stewardship of the genetic resources of agricultural seed. We accomplish our mission through collaborative research, education, and advocacy programs that closely engage organic farmers and other seed professionals.
Seed Savers Exchange - Seed Savers Exchange is a non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. Since 1975, our members have been passing on our garden heritage by collecting and distributing thousands of samples of rare garden seeds to other gardeners.
Also see the Biodiversity and Pest Management section of this website under Crops.
Blackleg and light-leaf spot on brassicas have recently been introduced to Oregon. They can be seed-born and are important new diseases.
- This OSU Plant Clinic Update helps ID blackleg and provides management recommendations that are useful for both diseases.
- These slides describe simple hot-water treatment methods used by Wild Garden Seed and High Mowing Seed.
- The revised ODA rule has been in effect since August 2016.
OSU Integrated Plant Protection Center - This center publishes the PNW Pest Management Handbooks, provides extensive weather station links and pest and crop models, coordinates pest management and pesticide safety training
Weed ‘Em and Reap - OSU videos of weed control tools and reduced tillage systems in use on farms
Integrated Pest Management for Potatoes in the Western United States - This is the most complete and best-illustrated guide available for managing potato pests under western farming conditions. Designed for use by growers, pest control advisers, crop managers, and county agents in the western states, this manual also is an invaluable reference for anyone interested in potato production.
Vegetable MD Online - Disease web page, providing access to many vegetable disease fact sheets produced.
Resource Guide for Organic Insect and Disease Management - Cornell University book available on-line
Diseases and Pests of Vegetable Crops in Canada - Photographs, biology and management information for vegetable pests. Link provides text from introductory chapters and order form for the book
Pest Management Publications - This page has links to specific pest management information. Many of the fruit and vegetable guides have information specific to pest of those crops.
Steel in the Field: A Farmer's Guide to Weed Management Tools - This publication shows techniques for controlling weeds, while reducing herbicides. Weed control demands time, labor and expense for every farmer every year.
Vegetable Farmers and their Weed Control Machines - A 75 minute educational video on weed cultivation and flaming equipment.
Columbia Root-Knot Nematode - The Columbia root-knot nematode attacks potatoes and causes injury to tubers in the Columbia Basin of Oregon and Washington as well as other areas of the Pacific Northwest.
Rhizoctonia on Sugar Beet - Identifying and controlling rhizoctonia, root rot, on sugar beets. Weed control demands time, labor and expense for every farmer every year.
Other Useful Links
WSU Vegetable Research and Extension - Program that includes a wide range of projects, evaluating pest management, and implementing water and soil conservation practices.
Potato Information Exchange - The PIE is an information clearing house for growers and other production-oriented professionals. It provides text on most aspects of production, storage, and marketing and links to many additional topics of interest such as weather, food and water quality, pesticides and endangered species.
Sustainable Vegetable Production from Start-Up to Market - This publications includes thirty-two profiles detail the experiences of individual vegetable growers and provide enterprise budgets for a number of crops.
The Corn Growers Guidebook - Resources assisting in growing corn profitably. A repository of resources about the King of American Crops
Oregon State University Master Gardener Program - The Master Gardener program is an Oregon State University (OSU) Extension Service program that educates Oregonians about the art and science of growing and caring for plants. This program also facilitates the training of a highly educated corp of volunteers. These volunteers extend sustainable gardening information to their communities through education and outreach programs.
Sustainable Gardening: The Oregon–Washington Master Gardener Handbook - Provides information about gardening techniques covering topics in home horticulture, botany, soils, plant pathology, and entomology.
Growing Your Own - A publication containing advice on a wide range of gardening topics, including composting, container gardens, fall/winter gardens, fertilizing, insect pests, plant diseases, planting guidelines, raised beds, site selection, slugs, soil improvement, tilling, warm-season crops, watering, and weeds. Includes regional tips for various parts of Oregon.
Other gardening publications from Oregon State University - Oregon State University Extension Service catalog of publications available to the public online.