Austrian winter peas are a great cool season legume crop for wildlife food plots (deer, pheasant, quail, doves), cover crops (nitrogen fixing) and winter grazing (cattle, sheep, goats).
Plant winter peas with a clover mix for a perfect fall winter plot. Austrian winter pea, sometimes called "black pea" and "field pea" is a cool-season, annual legume with good, nitrogen-fixing capabilities.
This, and related pea species, are native to the eastern Mediterranean and western Asia. Early introductions eventually became established as a fall seeded crop in the southeastern states as far north and west as Oklahoma and in the coastal sections of Washington and Oregon. In modern times, Austrian winter pea has been well adapted to the Palouse areas of Washington, Idaho and Oregon.
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