Illinois Farmers Recruited to Plant New Crop, but Will Dry Peas

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Rochelle-based Risk Assurance Programs Company says dry field peas give Illinois farmers a new way to add profit. That's because the crop can be grown early in the season, and then soybeans or corn can be planted on the same land.

Dry field peas are a cool-weather crop that's grown mostly in Canada.

University of Illinois crop specialist Emerson Nafziger says little is known about the viability of dry field peas in Illinois because so few have been grown here, but Risk Assurance CEO Ron Hagemann says field-testing the past two years shows it is a crop that can thrive in this state.