The Parafield pea is a purple flowering dun dimpled seed, beige to brown in colour. Dun peas often have dimples which give them a more box-like shape. It is a mid-season maturing variety with increased pod set and vigour
Parafield is a traditional Australian dun Field pea that fits well into stubble-retention systems with no tillage. It uses the stubble as a supportive trellis It should be sown at 3−5 cm and should avoid stubble clumping.
It has wide adaption from sandy loam to heavy clays and provides a nitrogen fixation in the soils.
Parafield consistently outyields Alma, Dundale and early Dunn peas, but has a lower yield potential compared to more recent variety releases.
Although Parafield is a tall variety, conventional-leaved plants are almost always prostrate at maturity, which means they have to be picked up from close to the soil surface when harvesting. Parafield has poor lodging resistance. It has moderate non-sugar-pod resistance to shattering.
It can survive in low, medium and high rainfall environments, from lower than 400mm to over 500mm.
It is normally sown late Autumn to mid-winter and harvested in Spring. Because it can be sown later than most other annual crops, this allows weeds to germinate, with adequate time left for control by either mechanical means, or with non-selective herbicides, before sowing.
Parafield is susceptible to black spot and powdery mildew and downy mildew.
The seed is used for both Animal and human consumption, including for forage and hay.
- Recommended pH Rate: CaCl2 +6-9 (low salinity)
- Recommended Rainfall Rate: 300 to 750mm+
- Recommended Sow Rate: 100kg/ha
- Days to flowering: 87