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Production and Utilization of Field Peas in South Dakota

Written collaboratively by Dwayne Beck, Ruth Beck, Adam J. Varenhorst, Chris Graham and Febina Mathew

Field Peas (Pisum sativum L.) are cool season legumes, which have been grown for grain on a commercial scale in South Dakota since the late 1980’s. There is anecdotal evidence that they were used in crop rotations and crop mixtures since European settlement but this does not appear to have been a predominant practice. During the more recent introduction, they have been primarily grown in central South Dakota.