Keystone Winter Pea
Keystone is a tall semi-leafless winter pea with white flowers. As with white flowered peas, Keystone does not contain anthocyanin ( anti-nutritional substance). This makes Keystone more palatability. Can be uses for haylage, baleage, food plots for wildlife or great for a cover crop. Inoculate with Pea/Vetch inoculant for best growth and nitrogen fixation.
- Competitive winter annual pea
- Excellent forage
- A white-flowered pea for better palatibility
- Great digestibility for livestock.
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 Icicle and Keystone winter peas can be planted in the fall and usually overwinter 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.
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.
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.
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