GroundCover™ Issue: 28
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.