Icicle Winter Peas are used for cover crop , wildlife or livestock forage. Icicle is high biomass, high nitrogen fixing cover crop pea. Inoculate to ensure good nitrogen production. It has white flowers that are free from tannin’s that would make it bitter to wildlife and livestock. Thus it is digestible and palatable. Can be planted with oats or triticale. Icicle Winter Peas are similar to Austrian Winter Pea.
Field peas are excellent nitrogen fixers and establish quickly, providing good ground cover. Peas are usually mixed with oats, barley, or triticale and are an excellent source of high protein forage. Field peas are divided into two types. The Austrian winter pea can be planted in the fall and usually overwinters south of Interstate 70. The other peas, like the Arvika spring pea, do best planted as early as you can get into the field in the spring.
Plant peas 1 inch deep at a rate of 30-100 lbs/A depending on the mix. If nitrogen and protein are the goal, plant more peas than small grains. Plant fall peas by mid-August to mid-September; peas need to be 4-6 inches tall before going dormant for the winter. Plant spring peas as soon as you are able to work the fields. Expect peas to grow rapidly in the spring and to be ready for harvest or incorporation in about 60 days.