Manitoba Pulse and Soybean Growers (MPSG) is recommending farmers put peas in the ground as soon as possible once conditions allow.
"We're starting to see some movement in the fields but soil moisture conditions across much of the province have delayed seeding," noted Production Specialist Laura Schmidt. "Since we might be heading into a bit of a seeding crunch as a result, still do try to prioritize putting in peas early. You aim to seed peas when the average soil temperature at depth is at least five degrees. Delaying pea seeding until late May will mean that the crop will flower in the heat of July, which can cause flower blasting, since peas are quite sensitive to hot temperatures during flowering. As a result, try to get peas in early if possible to maximize your yield."
She says a good rule of thumb is to see peas into at least half an inch of moisture.
Schmidt adds pea seed depths may range anywhere from 1.5 to 3 inches deep, noting that having the moisture to work with will help with emergence.