Pea Harvest Hampered by Rains

June 14, 2013 in Vegetable Crops

Gordon Johnson, Extension Vegetable & Fruit Specialist; gcjohn@udel.edu

Pea harvest has been hampered by heavy rains and wet soils over the last week with more rain in the forecast. In warm weather, peas progress quickly, gaining from 10-30 tenderometer units per day. Delays due to wet conditions have meant bypassing some fields that matured past marketable grades. In addition, wet soils have led to the bypassing of low areas and increased rutting of fields. Compaction by traffic on wet soils during pea harvest will be a problem in succeeding crops.