Windham is a semi-dwarf, upright, winter hardy feed pea.
- Improved variety
- The only winter pea with enough winter hardiness for central to upper Midwest
- Great for mixing with small grains
- Can produce 4000-6000 lbs biomass
Windham is a new winter pea that was developed in the Northwest as a joint venture between the USDA_ARS and three universities in Idaho, Washington, and Montana. Before being released, Windham was tested at 29 site-years over 8 yr in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, Oregon, central Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.
Windham is recognized as having improved winter hardiness. Windham has a dwarf growth habit and an upright canopy. Windham had a winter survival of 100% in a 2004 Wyoming trial and in 2004/2006 in the Pacific Northwest. Both years were considered “harsh winters” where less winter hardy entries were killed (Smith Seed Services).
Field peas are excellent nitrogen fixers and establish quickly, providing good ground cover. Peas are usually mixed with oats, barley, or triticale and are 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/Acre 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 ready for harvest or incorporation in about 60 days.
Peas like cool weather and languish in heat and drought. Peas like a wide variety of well drained soils. They are almost always planted with small grains such as oats and are usually used as a dual purpose cover and forage crop. Inoculate to ensure good nitrogen production.
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