Harvest of yellow pea crop underway
It's a landmark week for the Stateline Producer Cooperative as yellow pea harvest is underway. Stateline Coop, based in Gering, took in their first loads of yellow peas on Wednesday from a grower from the Holdrege area and more loads will come in today to their Bridgeport facility. Growers from Colorado will get into yellow pea harvest next week. General Manager John Lightcap looks for harvest to be in full swing by July 15th.
Yellow peas are predominately grown on dryland acres, but this looks to be another crop that would work well under limited irrigation.
This the first year Stateline Producers Cooperative will be accepting and marketing the crop. Approximately 25 - 30 thousand acres of yellow peas are being grown for the coop in Nebraska, Wyoming, South Dakota, Colorado and Kansas.
Yellow peas can be marketed as cattle feed, pet food and for human consumption. Yellow Peas are the most widely traded legume crop in the world. Yellow peas are used in many USDA food aid programs and are in demand from international markets.
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