During the growing season, SDSU Extension provides weekly production recommendations.
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Crop rotation has long been considered an important farm practice. In 2013 producers had to stray from their well thought out crop rotations when the winter wheat crop in South Dakota failed.
Dry field peas and lentils are high in protein and fiber, have a low glycemic index, are easy to prepare, store well, and are low in cost. Even better they can be produced economically and sustainably in South Dakota as part of diverse no-till crop production systems.
In 2020, field pea trials were planted at two location in South Dakota.
Farm fields in some areas are unusually wet this year with many low areas under water. These conditions will make planting a challenge for farmers this year.
A guide depicting common diseases of Dry Peas in South Dakota
Producers of field peas may need to scout for powdery mildew this year. Powdery mildew is a late-season fungal disease that can impact peas if weather conditions are conducive. However, this disease can also occur in early planted fields in South Dakota under the right environmental conditions and when the crop canopy is heavy.
Current events have made decisions around crop options very difficult this spring. Field peas are an option that may have a fit for some producers.
Guide to field pea production and utilization in South Dakota