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Survivor Winter Peas

A moisture efficient, cold tolerant cover crop for weed suppression, nitrogen-fixation, and quick spring green up.

As their name suggests, Survivor Winter Pea (Pisum sativum) exhibit advanced winter hardiness. The viney plants grow thin, hollow stems up to 4-foot-long. They feature curled tendrils and purple to reddish-pink flowers. Peas (also known as field peas) are generally known for their Nitrogen-fixing capacity that provides an extra boost to your cover crop mix.

This cool-season annual is capable of fixing over 200 pounds of N per acre. Peas are one of the most moisture efficient crops at producing biomass. Their root system improves water infiltration and the holding capacity of the soil.

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Nitrogen Fixation

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Erosion Control

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Weed Control

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Compacted Soils

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Nutrient Recycling

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Water Infiltration

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Quick Growth

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Quality Forage

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Nematode Control

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Beneficial Insectary

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Root Structure
Carbon Ratio
Seeds Per Pound
5.5 – 7.0

Planting Instructions:

Seeding Rate:
40-60 lbs./acre (monoculture)
25-30 lbs./acre (in mixes)
75-100 lbs./acre (monoculture)
50-60 lbs./acre (in mixes)
Planting Depth:
1 – 1.5 inches
Ideal Soil:
Well-drained loams/light clay soils
Ideal Planting Season
Fall & Spring
Nitrogen Fixation Ability to fix nitrogen into your soil for your subsequent cash crops to utilize as fertilizer for growth and energy  
Weed Suppression Ability to suppress weeds by shading soil and releasing allelopathic chemicals  
Beneficial Insectary Ability to attract beneficial insects and reduce your reliance on costly insecticides  
Forage Quality Ability to improve forage quality by suppressing weeds and providing highly nutritious forage  
Nutrient Recycling Ability to store excess nutrients for use in subsequent cash crops  
Quick Growth Ability to increase soil organic matter by accumulating biomass in a short period of time  
Soil Compaction Ability to increase nutrient uptake and root development by breaking up dense and compacted soil  
Erosion Control Ability to hold soil in place to capture and retain moisture from rainfall and prevent topsoil erosion  
Water Management Ability to increase field productivity by improving the drainage of wet soils  
Heat Ability to tolerate heat stress caused by warm temperatures and/or limited water availability  
Drought Ability to tolerate periods of limited water availability  
Sub-Freezing Ability to tolerate freezing temperatures for an extended period of time  
Shade Ability to tolerate low light conditions caused by plant competition  
Flood Ability to tolerate standing water or flooded areas for a limited period of time  
Low Fertility Ability to tolerate soils with limited nitrogen, and other mineral resources necessary for growth  
Relative Forage Value  
Water Soluble Carbohydrates  
Total Digestible Nutrients  
Red=Host, Green=Non-host, Yellow=Insufficient Data
Columbia Root Knot  
Northern Root Knot  
Southern Root Knot  
Soybean Cyst  
Sugarbeet Cyst