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Whistler

Common Name
Winter Peas

Whistler winter peas, released by Progene Research of Washington, is a semi-leafless, white flowered pea with yellow cotyledons. Winter hardly down to 0 degrees Fahrenheit, Whistler winter peas are a great addition to satisfy your winter forage needs. Peas are excellent for nitrogen fixation. Pea seed, properly inoculated with Rhizobium bacteria at planting time, does an excellent job of fixing nitrogen from the air. The bacteria takes nitrogen, binds it with hydrogen from soil water, and forms ammonium, which is a form that is usable by plants. This nitrogen fixation makes peas a perfect partner with cereals and grasses, which use large amounts of nitrogen, as well as banking nitrogen for future crops through cover cropping and green manure plowdown. 


Benefits

  • High Protein Forage
  • Nitrogen Fixation
  • High Palatability
  • Winter Hardy
  • Excellent in blends and mixtures
  • Self-climbing
  • High biomass production

Details

  • It is common to practice to blend several varieties or mix several species together to get a complementary performance within the blend. Whistler winter peas are excellent in blends with other peas. Being a winter hardy, semi-leafless pea matches perfectly with spring peas for a quick fall forage, and with standard pea varieties that have a tendency to lodge and lose forage quality. By mixing Whistler winter peas with cereals such as oats, wheat, rye, or triticale, you will be adding palatability and high quality protein to your forage. The nitrogen fixing capacity of the peas will be complementary to the cereal forage production. 

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