February 18, 2013
Livestock will soon be able to get their teeth into some new pea fodder with the release of PBA Hayman. PBA Hayman is a new type of field pea bred for forage use such as hay or silage production or for green manuring. Breeder Tony Leonforte from Department of Primary Industries (DPI) Horsham said the pea grew vigorously, producing very high dry matter over spring and significantly more than regular field pea varieties. “PBA Hayman produces leafy plants with a high number of basal branches that grow vigorously and vines up to 3m long which remain semi-erect to maturity. “It flowers very late in the growing season, is resistant to powdery mildew and produces small pods and very small seed that will reduce cost of sowing,” Mr Leonforte said. “The grain is soft seeded, making it suitable for cropping rotations with other broad leaf crops. “Grain yield potential can vary but is generally between 30 to 80 per cent of a normal field pea crop and is suitable for stockfeed.” Mr Leonforte said PBA Hayman could be grown across all cropping zones for forage but was not recommended for grain production. “The grain size will limit its market to stockfeed use but it may have options in niche human consumption, such as production of sprouts.” PBA Hayman was identified by the Pulse Breeding Australia’s Field Pea team and was bred at DPI Horsham following a selection program to develop a long-season forage field pea with powdery mildew resistance. The line was extensively evaluated across Australia and identified with forage potential and broad adaptation across a range of climates.