Growing Field Pea
The field pea variety Kaspa continues to be the predominant variety grown across cropping regions of south east and Western Australia. Kaspa is broadly adapted, has high yield potential and is suitable for crop topping to control ryegrass. Other varieties better suited to shorter growing seasons (e.g. Sturt) are available, but careful consideration should be given to differences in disease and crop management and ability to market and deliver other grain types.
All pea grain types are equally suitable for stockfeed purposes, but are segregated for marketing to human consumption markets. Currently over 95 per cent of Australian production is from dun types of which more than 90 per cent is Kaspa type. Kaspa is preferred across most regions, particularly for its ease of harvest and pod shatter resistance. Kaspa type grain is preferred for snack food in southern India over other pea grain types and attracts a price premium. To avoid limiting the marketing of Kaspa type grain for export, growers should avoid sowing seed contaminated with Parafield or other dun types.
See the Victorian Winter Crop Summary for an up to date guide to field pea varieties and last season's yield results.