Secada Forage Peas™
An exciting new variety of forage peas has hit the U.S. Leafy, highly palatable, self-climbing, with high dry matter yields, SECADA™ peas perform very well during the fall, winter, and spring in the southern states, with good frost tolerance. In more northern climates, and early spring plant will give high dry matter yields of excellent forage.
Secada peas, mixed with cereals, makes excellent silage. A study comparing Pea/Wheat silage with grass silage showed a 34% increase in forage dry matter intake, resulting in a 19% increase in milk production. Silage is normally cut at the late pod-swell stage for highest yields with the greatest nutrient concentration.
Here is a photo of Secada peas 60% and Intimidator oats 40%
SECADA™ peas, in combination with oats, awnless wheat, or beardless barley, makes excellent greenchop. Added to a dairy or beef ration, increased dry matter intake will increase milk production and wight gain.
SECADA peas can be grazed by most livestock species. Strip grazing will maximize utilization of the crop. With relatively high tannin content, peas are less likely to cause bloat than other legumes, but animals should be introduced to the forage gradually, as with any change of feed.
Wildlife food plots
SECADA™ peas are an excellent choice for wildlife food plots. Sown in the early spring, highly palatable forage is available for the energy and protein needs of developing antlers and milking does. Turkey and quail love the soft, tender leaves. Sown in early fall, especially with oats or ryegrass, SECADA™ peas will make fence-jumpers of all your neighbors deer.