Southern Peas (Creams, Crowders, Blackeyes, Purplehulls) Crop Guide

Estimated Cost $664 per acre summer harvest
Harvest Season Summer
Market Outlets Local wholesale, retail, roadside
Market Potential Good for local sales; best for shelled peas
Profit Potential Low $0 to $450 per acre
Adapted Areas Statewide
Labor Requirements Harvest by hand at $3 to $4 per bushel (Can be machine harvested).
Equipment Requirements Tractor, shredder, disk, bedder, planter, insect/disease sprayer, cultivator, harvester
Soil Requirements Sandy soils but can be grown on heavier loam soil. May require use of iron chelate.
Water Requirements 15 to 20 inches during crop season – has dry land production potential.
Minimum Size 1 to 5 acres; 50 acres for mechanical harvest
Risk Factor Low
Other Limiting Factors Harvest labor, insects, viruses and deer.
Comments Creams, crowders, blackeyeyes and purplehulls are in good demand for local sales but volume is limited to wholesale markets. Mechanical harvester and shellers are available commercially. Good rotation crop.

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