Canadian Field Peas

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Canadian Field Peas
The practice of using Canadian Field Peas as an emergency forage crop is gaining in popularity. The field peas are generally mixed with oats, barley, or triticale and harvested as haylage. The mixture will be nearly as high as alfalfa haylage for protein content and will be higher in total energy. For maximum protein content the mix should be cut when small grain is in the boot stage. Cutting after the grain has headed out will result in more tonnage but it will be lower in protein. These mixes are quite palatable and are well liked by cattle. Dairy cows usually respond with good milk production. If used as a nurse crop for alfalfa, the 1st crop can be cut for haylage and the 2nd and 3rd crops can be cut for hay or haylage. Seeding rate is 120 - 150lbs per acre when seeded alone and 100 - 120lbs. when seeded as a nurse crop.


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