The Pacific Northwest (PNW)
Two dominant river valleys with their rich soils define the key agricultural areas of the coastal pacific northwest.
- The Willamette Valley in Oregon is located between the Coastal Mountains to the west and the Cascade Range to the east. More than 400,000 ha of crop land spreads out alongside the Willamette River as it flows to the north to join the Columbia River near Portland. Salem, the state capital city is located at 45th N exactly halfway between the equator and the north pole.
- Further to the north, at 49th N the Skagit Valley, although smaller, presents a similar farming picture. Protected by the Olympic Mountains to the west and nestled between Puget Sound and the Cascade Range, the fertile farms of the Skagit Valley along the wild and scenic Skagit River.
Vegetable seed production has been an agricultural preference in the PNW for a long. Mild winters and cool, dry summers have made the area ideal for seed crops of cabbage, beets, spinach, and radish.
Also other high value crops like Arugula, Beet, Broccoli, Brussels sprout, Chinese cabbage, Chinese kale, Chinese mustard, Kale, Kohlrabi, Parsley, Parsnip, Radish, Swiss Chard, and Turnip.
Seed growers in PNW have access to irrigation.