Field Peas

Figure 1. (left) Field pea variety trial in Perkins, one of five field day sites this year.

Field Pea Field Days Scheduled for June at 5 Locations across Nebraska May 24, 2017

Field day participants will be able to view field pea varieties and learn about rotational benefits and agronomic practices to profitably grow field peas and integrate them with existing cropping systems.

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Yellow Field Peas Fare Well After Recent Lows May 4, 2017

Most yellow field pea being grown in western Nebraska were at early vegetative stages (4th to 7th node or 1-5 leaf stages) during last week’s cold snap, but extensive damage is not expected due to the pea’s level of frost tolerance.Field pea tolerance to frost during early stages of vegetative growth is partially due to the “hypogeal” germination nature of the crop. For plant species with hypogeal germination (e.g., field pea, lentil, chickpea), shoot germination occurs belowground.

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Field Pea Seeding Rates, Seeding Depth, and Inoculant March 13, 2017

Grain-type field peas are a cool season grain crop grown as an alternative for no-till summer fallow in a semiarid cereal-based cropping systems such as wheat-corn-fallow and/or wheat-fallow. They are typically planted in mid-March and harvested late-July. This article reports on research conducted on seeding practices and offers recommendations for producers on the economically optimal seeding rate, seeding depth, and inoculant to grow field peas in western Nebraska.

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field pea comparison
Figure 1. Comparison of water use of two systems -- summer fallow and field peas -- between March 27 and July 20. (Photos by Stranhinja Stepanovic)

Field Pea Production: Rotational Costs and Benefits March 10, 2017

Research findings show benefits in soil nutrient cycling, water infiltration, and microbial activity from replacing fallow with grain-type field peas in a wheat-fallow rotation in western Nebraska.

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Field of flowering field peas
Field of flowering field peas

Field Pea Production Workshop Nov. 4 October 3, 2016

Interested in learning more about growing field peas? Get the latest research information and recommendations tailored for Nebraska from producers and university experts at the Nebraska Extension Field Pea Production workshop Nov. 4 in Culbertson.

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A western Nebraska field of field peas in bloom
A western Nebraska field of field peas in bloom (Photo by Strahinja Stepanovic)

Replacing Summer Fallow with Grain-type Field Peas: New Markets, New Opportunities July 14, 2016

University researchers from Nebraska, Colorado, and Kansas are conducting studies in the western High Plains to learn how field peas can be integrated into rotations, replacing fallow. Grain-type field pea is a spring-planted cool-season crop that is now grown on almost 100,000 acres in west central and western Nebraska.

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Logo showcasing 2016 International Year of the Pulse
Logo showcasing 2016 International Year of the Pulse

Gregor Mendel and His Peas – the Origin of Modern Genetics June 14, 2016

This is part of a series celebrating the International Year of Pulses.

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UNL High Plains Ag Lab Field Day set for June 14 June 6, 2016

The University of Nebraska-Lincoln High Plains Ag Lab Field Day, scheduled for Tuesday, June 14, will highlight UNL research on breeding and production of dryland crops, especially field pea, forages, and wheat.

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