Southeast Oregon - Region 6
An Overview of Central and Southeast Oregon
Counties in this Region:
Central and Southeastern Oregon has a dry continental climate and the agricultural process and output reflect that. In Central Oregon, livestock accounts for a majority of agricultural output, and this continues into Harney and Lake Counties to the East. There is ample rangeland for these animals and few settlements to interrupt the continuity of the grazing. It is dry enough that most of the haying fields and pastures are irrigated. Moving further east into Malheur County, the crop types diversify to include onions, potatoes, sugar beets, and seed crops. Farmers and agricultural workers make up a substantial portion of the workforce in this broad section of Oregon. Much of the land in this area is owned by the state and federal governments so government employees also account for large portion of employment.  
The Southeast and Central Oregon topography is largely made up of the Columbia Plateau, which stretches from Washington to cover much of Eastern Oregon (World Atlas). The Plateau was formed by ancient lava flows, which created deep, wide valleys and rugged mountains in the area as well. These mountains include the Blue and the Wallowa, and a notable mention of this landscape is the famous Hell's Canyon (World Atlas). The Deschutes River and the Owyhee River flow through the region and a number of deserts also exist within Central and Southeast Oregon. This unique topography is a stark contrast to the mountain ranges and fertile Willamette Valley towards the west.
Weather in Burns, OR