Field pea: essentials

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Field peas are not a technically difficult crop to grow. The following is a list of field pea management practices which are essential for a successful field pea crop.

Paddock selection

  • Well-drained loamy sands to clay loams with a pH >5.0 (CaCl2).
  • A soil structure or slope that allows good drainage.
  • Relatively flat with few rocks and roots.
  • No Sulfonyl urea herbicide residues.
  • A low frost risk.
  • A low broad-leaf weed burden.
  • Minimise disease risk; choose paddocks that have not grown field pea for at least three years and go no closer than 500 metres (m) to paddocks that grew field pea in the previous year. It is preferable to be at least 50m downwind of 2-3 year old stubbles, but no separation is necessary upwind.

Varieties

Recently released varieties: Kaspa, PBA Twilight, PBA Gunyah, PBA Wharton.

Sowing window

Sowing window recommendations for field peas in the northern agricultural region of WA
Rainfall Date window Target date
Low 7 May - 15 June 25 May
Medium 15 May - 30 June 1 June
High 15 May - 30 June 1 June
Sowing window recommendations for field peas in the southern agricultural region of WA
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Low 7 May - 30 June 4 June
Medium 15 May - 30 June 4 June
High 30 May - 30 June 10 June

Sowing rate

On average, the optimum plant density is 55 plants per square metre for semi-leafless Kaspa type peas. Actual sowing rates will depend on seed size, germination percentage and field pea type.

Suggested 100–120 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha).

Sowing depth

5-8 centimetres (cm).