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Austrian Winter Peas for Cover Crop

Posted by romeethredge on March 20, 2015

Austrian winter peas make a good cover crop and they leave organic matter and some nitrogen for a future crop in the soil since they are a legume. Local grower Stan Deal is growing some this year. He plans to take it to seed harvest in this case so he can market the seed.

He wanted to get it planted in mid December but rains hampered that and he planted 2 fields on Jan 3 with a 7.5 inch spacing, no till drill into soybean stubble.

He ‘s getting some pretty good growth now and will have considerably more before the season is over.

Later we will take a Biomass Sample to send to our UGA lab to determine how much Nitrogen will be available for the future crop. We will use the Cover crop nitrogen prediction tool developed by UGA’s Julia Gaskin.


Nodulation is good on the roots, he put out a good innoculant at planting specific for Austrian winter peas to ensure the right rhizobium is present to make the process work well.

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Here’s a chart from Julia showing what we can plan to get from cover crops.

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