Soil type. Suited to most soil types but avoid light land. Soils should be well aerated to allow nitrogen fixing bacteria to function.
Sow late February to late March, at 5cm depth into a well prepared seed bed.
Sowing rate Approx. 250kg / Hectare (100g/acre) followed, if conditions allow by light rolling.
Weed control: a range of pre and post emergence chemicals are available.
Pea and Bean weevil control advised in adverse conditions.
Pea Moth attacks the crop at flowering, control by spraying according to PGRO warnings. May be monitored using pheromone traps. Control is essential if premiums for human consumption premiums are to be achieved.
Aphid may infest after flowering.
Downy mildew best controlled with suitable seed treatments for susceptible varieties
Harvest late July onwards. Avoid cutting below 16% MC to avoid damage to seed.
For more information contact PGRO.org
Large Blue peas,
(often exported as UK Green Peas.) Round seeded with a blue green seed coat. Used for both human consumption and for pigeon food. Varieties include NIAB Recommended Prophet, Crackerjack, Daytona , Bluestar and Daytona, all producing suitable quality for these purposes. Some samples of smaller diameter can be used as small blues eg Hawaii and Zero 4 which may be suitable for canning. Samples should be tested for soaking and starch breakdown.