Broccoli Breeding, Evaluation and Seed Production (2002)

Report to the Oregon Processed Vegetable Commission

Jim Meyers
OSU Dept of Horticulture

Brian Yorgey
OSU Dept of Food Science and Technology


1. Develop broccoli varieties adapted to western Oregon with:

  • Relatively tall plants with exerted heads for easy mechanical harvest
  • Large openly branched heads with heavy, clean stem for easy trimming and separation into spears and chunks.
  • Medium fine, firm uniform florets of good color and short pedicels, and which are retained after freezing
  • Early to midseason maturity, concentrate yield potential
  • Head rot, clubroot, and downy mildew resistance

2. Evaluate cytoplasmic male sterility as a method for producing F1 hybrid seed

3. Produce seed for limited scale on-farm trials