Field peas

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Following are the latest field pea variety releases from AGWEST. They were developed with support from growers through the GRDC.

Cooke: Alternative to Laura

Cooke - a high-yielding, tall conventional field pea with white flowers and creamy round seeds

  • flowers about seven days later than Dundale but about the same time as Laura
  • seed weight and size are considerably greater than those of Laura
  • protein percentage is similar to that of Laura
  • high-quality splits and good cooking quality
  • well-adapted to and high-yielding in specific WA graingrowing areas: northern (all rainfall areas), north-central (low rainfall), central (medium rainfall), and south (high and low rainfall); offered as replacement for Laura in these areas
  • ideal plant density about 45 plants/m2
  • specific herbicide trials are in progress, but Cooke has shown no adverse effects from herbicides currently used on peas in WA.

Latest and best dun pea

Helena - a high-yielding, tall conventional dun-type field pea with purple flowers and greenish-brown seed

  • seed weight smaller than that of Dundale, but seed-size index is similar due to greater uniformity in seed size
  • similar split yield, split colour and cooking quality to those of Dundale
  • highest-yielding over all entries in Crop Variety Testing
  • markedly better in hydration capacity and lower in unhydrated seeds compared to Dundale
  • flowers about seven days later than Dundale but matures at about the same time
  • offered as replacement to Dundale and other dun-type varieties
  • suggested for growing in most agro-climatic areas
  • plant density similar to Dundale, about 45 plants/m2
  • specific herbicide trials are in progress, but Helena has shown no adverse effects from herbicides currently used on peas in WA.