Our 60/40 Pea/Barley blend is a popular spring forage that will exceed other common options in forage quality. Forage Peas are very high in crude protein and digestibility and have good yield when blended with a small grain such as barley. Using a beardless forage variety of barley in the blend provides good dry matter yield as well as superior forage quality to other small grains. Pea/Barley blends are a preferred forage option in limited moisture growing conditions.
Drilled Seeding Rate: 100 lbs/acre
- Planting Time: Early Spring
- Both Peas and Barley can tolerate any light frost that may occur after planting.
- Drilled Seeding Rate: 100 lbs/acre
- Ideal Seeding Depth: 1.5″‘-2″
- Seed can also be broadcasted or rolled or packed to gain seed to soil contact.
- Pea/Barley Mix requires approximately 20 lbs of N, 20 lbs of P₂O₅, and 45 lbs of K₂O per ton of forage produced.
- With adequate soil fertility, this grass/legume mixture should not need additional nitrogen applied.
- If soil fertility levels are low, consider applying 25 lbs of N/acre between planting and mid- to late-tillering of the barley.
- Do not exceed a total of 25 lbs/a of N+K if fertilizer is placed in-furrow.
- Plant into a clean, weed-free seedbed.
- If weeds are present at planting, consider applying Glyphosate @ 32 oz/acre after planting but before crop emergence to control existing weeds.
- There are no herbicide options to control weeds after the crop has emerged.
Disclaimer: All products and rates were provided by university-based sources and product labels. Always follow label instructions and consult your local chemical dealer and seed dealer before making any applications or planting of the seed.
- Pea/Barley blend should be cut for hay or haylage when the barley is in the late boot through milk stages. This will produce good yields with exceptional forage quality.
- It is best not to allow barley to fill grain beyond this point.
- Pea/Barley blends are safe to graze if other harvest options become limited.
- Pea/Barley blends are commonly followed with a second forage crop such as hay millet, sorghum-sudangrass, or grazing cover crop mixtures.