Timing of field pea harvest
By Top Crop Manager
Aug. 19, 2014 - Various systems can be used to harvest pea including swathing and combining when dry, allowing the field to mature while standing and straight combining, spraying with a desiccant and swathing directly ahead of the combine, or direct combining a desiccated crop.
Whether swathing or desiccating, the timing of the operation is the same, according to Neil Whatley with Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development.
"Swathing or desiccating is carried out when the bottom one third of the pods are ripe, the middle one third of the pods and vines are yellow-coloured and the upper one third are in the process of turning yellow," says Whatley.