Research by Chengci Chen of Montana State University, reported in Agronomy Journal, explored how nine different varieties of pea performed when grown in five locations across Montana. As more farmers shift to a cereal-dry pea cropping system, understanding peas' performance is critical. Including peas in rotation not only fixes nitrogen but also delivers higher net returns than cereal monocropping. This research revealed that pea yield and protein content are largely affected by environment, while resistant starch content is controlled by genetics. The results of this research will help growers choose pea varieties with a specific trait and grow them for different end-users.
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