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Green Field Peas

Green field peas is a group generally lag behind yellow pea varieties with regard to yield potential, powdery mildew tolerance, and standability; however, there are several notable exceptions. Here are a few management suggestions to help you be a more successful producer of green peas. Seed peas on well drained soils, as peas do not tolerate standing water. (This is true for yellow varieties as well.) In a wetter climate or in a year with above average moisture, in addition to using a seed-applied fungicide, an early foliar fungicide application (before bloom, along with your chemical application) will help to improve standability, and should suppress some of the diseases seen in past growing seasons. As alluded to earlier, most green pea varieties are susceptible to powdery mildew. A later fungicide application, (50% bloom), will give you improved control. Rotation also plays a big part in the equation of disease management. The northern plains region has been experiencing an increase in the production of broadleaf crops. These crops tend to host the same or similar disease-causing pathogens that also affect peas. Beware of rotational history on fields intended for pulse production in 2008. A strong broadleaf crop history (especially other legumes) on those acres might have a detrimental effect on yield due to increased disease pressure in a higher moisture environment.

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Aragorn

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed. 

Aragorn represents the highest quality available in the industry, and when you focus on the importance of quality in a green pea this is the variety to choose! Aragorn has an extremely smooth seed-coat, very dark green cotyledons, and improved bleach resistance over our other varieties. Aragorn is exceptional at producing consistent quality, and a couple key processors in Montana and North Dakota have elected to “close-loop” this variety. In doing so they are guaranteeing market premiums for their growers, and assuring consistent high quality identity preservation for their end-use customers. This means you cannot purchase certified seed unless you have a signed production contract with one of these processors; and you cannot fulfill the contract unless you purchased certified seed from a licensed Aragorn seed grower or participating processor. Call the Pulse USA office for further details.

Seed Size: Small
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Fair to Good

CDC Striker

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – Under Patent Protection

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed. 

CDC Striker is rich in color and has a quality that is appealing to growers and green field pea purchasers. It displays a round seed shape, smooth seed coat, and low percent seed coat breakage. From an agronomic standpoint, Striker is one of the more consistent yielders with above average standability. CDC Striker is definitely a good choice for the western half of North Dakota and northern South Dakota.

Seed Size: Medium
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Very Good

Ginny

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited - PVPA 2014 – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

Ginny is a new green pea variety in the quality status as Aragorn. Ginny has the very smooth seed-coat, dark green cotyledons, and improved bleach resistance of Aragorn and therefore fits the market that asks for Aragorn. Ginny’s agronomic advantage for the grower over Aragorn is that it has improved yield, improved standability, and a measure of tolerance to Fusarium root rot. Like Aragorn and Greenwood, Ginny will be handled by key processors in Montana and North Dakota in the “closed loop” system. As with other ProGene varieties this protects the “quality advantage” of the variety through identity preserved handling which in turn can bring a price advantage to the grower.

 

Seed Size: small
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Good to Very Good

Greenwood

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

The agronomics of Greenwood in North Dakota have shown to be superior to other green peas. Very good standability, improved yield and partial resistance to powdery mildew offer distinct advantages to the grower. Greenwood follows the pattern of other ProGene green varieties with high quality. Greenwood offers a unique, new appearance in the edible market with its Persistant Green™ color in the seed coat. This characteristic is one that buyers have pointed out as desirable. Certain markets such as dry bulk will like the deeper green color that it displays. Greenwood splits well in the splitting market and its dark green cotyledon offers a very nice split appearance. All of this adds up to a quality advantage in the edible market that can bring a premium back to the grower. Greenwood is handled by licensed processors in a “closed loop” system. Seed can be supplied to growers who have a production contract with one of the licensed processors. As with Ginny and Aragorn, this protects the quality and integrity of the variety, helping to insure consistent high quality of identity preserved greens for their end-use customers.

 

Seed Size: small
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Very Good

K2

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed. 

K2 is a semi-leafless variety with improved powdery mildew resistance. K2 offers bleach tolerance, high food quality in an upright green pea, and improved yield potential over Cruiser. K2 moves into wet higher yielding environments better than Cruiser and into dry lower yielding environments better than CDC Striker. K2 has an enhanced agronomic package that ranks high over earlier green varieties, this makes it a consistent performer season after season. The steady and satisfying performance that K2 produces year after year provides less frustration for growers, and makes it a great option for your rotation!

Seed Size: Small, smaller than CDC Striker and larger than Cruiser
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Good, better than Cruiser and not quite as good as CDC Striker

LG Koda

Unauthorized Propogation Prohibited - PVPA 1994 Title V - U.S. Protected Variety 

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

LG Koda is our newest green field pea variety to the marketplace. LG Koda was formally known as "LN 1123." This pea offers an excellent dark green color, with a very uniform, round seed. LG Koda is a consistent yielder that has improved agronomics amongst other green field pea varieties. This variety offers resistance to Powdery Mildew, excellent straw strength and high yielding. Resistance to lodging is another great attribute that growers are pleased with. With a long-term success rate at the Carrington Research Extension Center Station, LG Koda offers a very consistent yield over other varieties of green field peas. 

Seed Size: Medium
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Excellent

Majoret Field Pea

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 Title V – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

Majoret is the tried and true “old faithful” of the green pea market. Majoret is best known for its consistent yield, excellent standability and acceptable food quality. This older variety still has some fans in the world trade arena keeping it very marketable. Its tough seed coat and medium seed size have helped to enable Majoret to establish consistent stands in dryer climates. A longer flowering period makes it one of the more yield-stable varieties available.

Seed Size: Medium
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Good
Adapted Area
As a later seeded variety in Northern ND and MN. No-till, seed early and treat your seed to maximize yields.

Matrix

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 Title V – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

Matrix represents a breakthrough when it comes to yield potential in peas. Yellow or green, Matrix is one of the highest yielding pea varieties available for areas where peas can yield the highest, such as far eastern Dakotas and Minnesota. However, with bleaching and/or dimpling a possibility, Matrix will not always meet edible grade requirements and can end up as feed grade. Nonetheless, it can make food grade quality with aggressive management and timely harvest. This has held true for hog producers in Minnesota as it has been found as the most flavorful. Matrix’s good standability and Powdery Mildew resistance will help make it one of the more popular varieties in eastern areas, but its late maturity will limit its movement west. Through the 2013 Carrington NDSU Research Station variety trial testing Matrix yielded the third highest, and was 6.5 bushels/acre higher than the mean average!

Seed Size: Large
Physiological Maturity:
Late
Standability:
Excellent

SW Arcadia

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 -U.S. Protected Variety 

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

Since SW Arcadia came on the scene a few years ago, producers have been excited with the tremendously high-yields that this green pea is capable of producing. It is substantially earlier than Matrix, so it maintains its performance advantage as we move west where Matrix’s productivity tails off. Arcadia does have good bleach tolerance and dark green cotyledons. Those characteristics make it a contender in the food grade market, where there are no sensitivities to small seed size. Adaptation is broad, and agronomics are average.

Seed Size: Small
Physiological Maturity:
Medium
Standability:
Fair to Good

Viper (New)

Unauthorized Propagation Prohibited – PVPA 1994 Title V – U.S. Protected Variety

To be sold by variety name only as a class of certified seed.

Viper is our new green pea that displays a smooth seed coat, enhanced bleach tolerance, and vibrant green cotyledons. Vipers’ above average standability, early maturity and high yields will make this pea a rock solid variety selection for producers of dry edible green pea in Montana and North Dakota. This pea has shown a yield increase in trials over many other green varieties for the past four years.

Seed Size: Medium
Physiological Maturity:
Early to Medium
Standability:
Very Good


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