Our Pea Varieties
Peas remain a good option as a break crop for many reasons relating to rotation, soil enhancing, residual nitrogen and weed control benefits – as well as offering very good gross margin potential.
We offer a wide range of Pea varieties for all soil types and farming systems.
Browse our Varieties Below
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✚ It has consistently delivered samples of good colour retention across a range of conditions better than other blue pea varieties.
✚ This gives growers the best chance of maximising premiums offered into the human and micronising pet food markets.
✚ Daytona is one of the earlier maturing green peas and has good scores for downy mildew resistance and standing ability.
✚ Greenway is a new high yielding variety with excellent resistance to downy mildew.
✚ It is tall but has relatively strong stem stiffness.
✚ Greenway has good colour retention and is suitable for a range of end markets including human consumption and micronising.
✚ It is currently the highest yielding Green pea on the PGRO’s descriptive list.
✚ Offers good all round agronomics and has good resistance to Downy Mildew.
✚ Has good colour retention which will make it a suitable choice for premium end markets.
✚ White peas offer high yields compared to other pea types.
✚ Kameleon is the highest yielding white pea on the Descriptive List and has performed consistently for several years.
✚ It has a large seed size, making it ideal for the splitting market.
✚ With no particular weaknesses, Kameleon is a sound choice for growers choosing this type of pea.
✚ Mantara is a brown seeded maple pea with a wide range of end uses but primarily in the pet/pigeon feed market, due to the unique grain characters.
✚ A short strawed variety with moderate straw stiffness offering moderate to good agronomic characteristics.
✚ Mantara should be grown on a forward contract to maximise returns.
✚ Sakura is one of the most widely grown pea varieties, driven by forward contracts.
✚ Sakura performs consistently, has good colour retention and a very large seed size.
✚ It can only be grown on a buy-back contract which ensures defined market security for growers.
✚ Yields can be within 15- 20% of popular green peas (or better), but with attractive premiums for the right sample, this will more than compensate in terms of gross margin.
✚ Standing ability and maturity are relatively good, but disease resistance is poorer than other green or white varieties.
Combining Peas and Contracting Opportunities
Given the historical nature of fluctuations in crop areas of peas, processors and end users are increasingly becoming more tuned into forward contracts. These contracts offer supply stability to the market for both growers and the end market. It is vital for break crops to avoid the spikes and dips in values as end user confidence in supply can sometimes be dented, potentially harming longer term crop prospects.
With the lack of a true base price on a world level for peas, then commitments from these processors are generally speculative in nature, which enforces the trade commitment towards having confidence in the whole supply chain.
Growing human consumption pea varieties can produce the highest returns but some varieties may not be as easy to manage and the end value is very much subject to the final quality.
Special attention to care of the crop through its whole life is very important in assuring the best quality is produced and retained through to delivery to the processor.
Colour retention is key to this, aligned with the required moisture content but this must be achieved without damage or cracking to the peas, which reduces the options in uses for the processor and ultimately may reduce the value.
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