Cowpea

Species: Cowpea, blackeyed pea [Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.]
Cultivars: Iron & Clay, Red Ripper (late maturing, sandy soils)
Origin: Ethiopia
Use: Hay grazing.
Description:
General:
Life Span:
2-3 feet tall; erect, vines.
Annual
Adaptation:
pH:
Soil:
Rainfall:
Temperature:
5.5-7.0
Sandy-loam, medium tolerance to salinity.
13-150 Inches.
47ยบ F (minimum).
Management:
Seeding Rate:
Planting Date:
Planting Depth:
Seed Cost:
Season of Use:
Production:
35-40 lb PLS/A
May
0.5-1.0 inch
$15-20/A
June-August
4000-6000
Notes:
  • Inoculate with Rhizobia bacteria specific to cowpea (Type EL).
  • Red Ripper adapted to sandier type soil better than Iron & Clay.
  • Does not cause bloat.

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