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An Agriculture Haven

An agriculture haven

Agriculture has been deeply rooted in Hermiston since the city’s beginning. Hermiston is widely known for being a leader in agriculture. New irrigation techniques developed long ago, particularly circle sprinklers, led to the farming of much land formerly covered by sagebrush. Hot days and cool summer nights are an integral factor for Hermiston’s ideal growing season.

Today, Hermiston excels in the ag industry due to advances made by researchers like the Hermiston Agricultural Research & Extension Center. The HAREC is part of Oregon State University’s Ag Extension program and serves nearly 500,000 acres of irrigated agriculture in Oregon and Washington’s Columbia Basin. The center concentrates on discover and implementation of agricultural and horticultural opportunities and the identification of new crops, production practice and plant breeding. The most recent additional to the center is a molecular biologist with specific interest in helping to increase nutrients essential for human health in existing crops grown in the area.

Hermiston welcomed another research center, DuPont Pioneer Hi-Bred. The state-of-the-art center has contribute to Hermiston’s economy as one of many steps taken by DuPont to help meet the global challenge to double agricultural productivity on the farm by 2050. Pioneer Hi-Bred focuses on trial seed production to advance corn product development for the commercialization of new corn hybrids.

Garden variety

Top crops produced in hermiston

Watermelon

Sweet corn

Grass seed

Potatoes

Cantaloupe

Onions

Mint

Carrots

Beans

Seed corn

Alfalfa

Canola

Corn

Wheat

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