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.
A UNL Wheat and Field Peas Plot Tour will be Wednesday, June 15, from 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. MT at the Henry J. Stumpf International Wheat Center, 76029 Rd 329, Gran. The morning program will include featured presentations on wheat and field peas and a wheat plot tour; the field peas plot tour is scheduled in the afternoon. Register by June 13.
Grain-type field pea is a spring-planted cool season crop that can be grown as an alternative for summer fallow in semiarid cereal-based, no-till cropping systems where wheat-corn-fallow and/or wheat-fallow are the main rotation strategies (Figure 1). Reasons for replacing summer fallow with field pea include: