Austrian winter peas are an excellent source for good fall ground cover and weed suppression that also provides high quality forage that can be hayed or grazed.  They are an excellent companion crop when planted with small grain crops.  Winter peas can fix as much as 75-100 # N/acre.  They prefer cool moist soil conditions and do not perform well in hot dry conditions.

Planting Rate: August-September, early spring
Planting Depth: 1-2 inches
Planting Rate in Pure Stand: 60-80 pounds per acre
Planting Rate in Mixture: 30-40 pounds per acre
Fertilizer: P & K according to soil test
pH: 6.0 – 7.0 Minimum 5.5