Combinable peas

Growing the crop & wildlife conservation

We sow in March

We apply potassium, phosphate and manganese in the spring

Weed control:
One herbicide in the spring

Insect pest & control:
There may be one spray for pea moth when the peas are flowering

Disease control:
A seed dressing and one fungicide during the early summer

Threats to the crop:

  • On our sandy soils do not hold water well, so drought is a major threat
  • Grazing by pigeons can be very serious. Rabbits may also be a problem
  • High rainfall or severe hail at or near harvest is a threat, but rarely has an impact

What helps:

  • A warm spring helps the crop get established
  • A warm growing season with regular rainfall
  • We scare pigeons off using kites, gas guns, visual scaring (such as flags) and shooting

Wildlife conservation:

Harvest & what the crop is used for

We harvest with a combine, usually during August

Caring for the crop:
The peas go into our grain store where they are dried and cooled. This prevents the build up of fungi and insects in the stored grain

What it is used for:
Combinable peas are eaten as a snack like peanuts in the Far East, and are also used for tinned peas, ‘mushy’ peas and livestock feed (it is vining peas, not combinable peas, that are sold as frozen peas). We sometimes grow peas for seed for farmers to grow in the following year

Peas fix nitrogen equivalent to about 25% of the requirement of a following winter barley crop