Early Yielding Pea Breeding

Farmer: Duane Falk

Farm: Mimosa Breeding and Research

Region: West

Publish Date: February 6, 2018

Article Type: Research Protocol

Research Priorities: Seed Production, Selection & Breeding 

Duane would like to develop a truly winter hardy garden pea. Specifically, he would like to combine the winter hardiness of Austrian Winter Field Peas with the qualities of a garden pea (Lincoln, etc). This type of pea could be planted in the autumn and would yield early peas in the garden before the heat and drought set in, producing much better quality and ahead of the main season for farmers markets, etc. This should take 3-5 years to get uniform lines with the combined traits of hardiness and quality; these traits are both complex.