Field Pea Production Workshop Nov. 4

Field Pea Production Workshop Nov. 4 October 3, 2016

Are you interested in refining your field pea production system or just wanting to learn more about integrating field peas into your operation. If so, plan to attend the  comprehensive Field Pea Production workshop Friday, Nov. 4, in Culbertson. A relatively new crop to commercial production in Nebraska, this workshop will cover a range of information helpful to both beginning and current producers and includes a farmer panel to learn from user experiences.

The workshop at the Ag Complex Building on Railroad Street will begin with registration at 8:30 a.m. and end at 3 p.m. Speakers will include researchers and Extension specialists from the University of Nebraska, Kansas State University, and Colorado State University. A free lunch is included, but event registration is required. To register contact Nebraska Extension Educator Strahinja Stephanovic at (308) 334-5666 or or use the online registration form.

The program will feature industry updates and commercial exhibits including one on use of field peas by the pet food industry. The morning will also include a small break to enjoy a breakfast cake made from pea flower.

flowering field peas
Field of flowering field peas in western Nebraska.

Program Topics and Speakers

A Brief Look at Data and Trends that Favor the Production of Field Peas — Extension Educator Ben Dutton

Why Grow Field Peas? — Extension Educator Strahinja Stepanovic

  • Soil Nutrients, Microbial Activity, and Soil Infiltration — Rodrigo Werle, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist 
  • Beneficial insects — Julie Peterson, Extension Entomologist
  • Beneficial microbes & diseases to watch for — Tony Adesemoye, Extension Plant Pathologist
  • Water use, yield, yield quality, and economics — Chuck Burr, Crops and Water Extension Educator, and Daran Rudnick, Extension Irrigation Engineer
  • Field pea as a fallow alternative on the Central High Plains — Lucas Haag, Northwest Area Agronomist, Kansas State University

Growing Peas — Part 1

  • Field pea varieties for Nebraska — Dipak Santra, Alternative Crop Breeding Specialist
  • Kansas variety testing and seeding rate studies — Lucas Haag, Northwest Area Agronomist, Kansas State University
  • Seeding rates, seeding depth, and inoculants — Rodrigo Werle, Extension Cropping Systems Specialist and Nebraska Extension Educator Strahinja Stepanovic 
  • Herbicide options in field peas — Cody Creech, Dryland Cropping Systems Specialist

Growing Peas — Part 2

  • Irrigated Forage Peas Production — Ron Meyer, Area Extension Agent, Colorado State University
  • Farmer Panel — Steve Tucker of Venango, Brad Hansen of Hemingford, Dennis Demmel of Ogallala and Jordan Dunker of Atwood, Kan.

Hands-on Exercise

  • Selecting most profitable crop rotation — Matt Stockton, Agricultural Economist

The workshop is co-sponsored by Nebraska Extension and a grant from the USDA Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education program. For program information also see the Field Pea Production Workshop flyer.

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