Cowpeas Growing Info

 
Learning Download: How to Grow Cowpea
 
How to Plant:
Till ground before planting. Then firm ground to make flat. Use a seed drill to get seeds underground and protected from light and heat. Smaller garden areas can be broadcast seeded and raked into the soil.
 
Using Inoculants:
Rhizobium bacteria does not usually exist in high enough quantities to inoculate an entire crop of legumes. When legumes are inoculated with the proper strain of Rhizobium bacteria, they produce large, pink nodules on the roots of the legumes. The pinkish color comes from the presence of a hemoglobin-like molecule that is necessary for nitrogen fixation to occur. To inoculate, moisten seeds with just enough water to coat the seeds in a shallow bowl, pour on the inoculant and mix well to coat seeds. Plant seeds immediately after inoculation.
 
Seeding Rates:
 
  Sowing Season Seeding Depth Seeding Rate (1,000 Sq. Ft.) Seeding Rate (1 Acre)
Alfalfa
Spring & Summer 1/4 – 1/2″ 1/2 lbs. 15-25  lbs.
Clover, Red Anytime 1/4 – 1/2″ 1/2  lbs. 25-30 lbs.
Clover, Sweet Spring & Summer 1/4 – 1/2″ 1/2 lb. 25-30 lbs.
Clover, White Spring & Summer 1/4 – 1/2″ 1/4 lb. 5-15 lbs.
Cowpeas Spring & Summer 1 – 1/2″ 2 lbs. 75 – 125 lbs.
Peas, Field Spring or Fall 1 1/2 – 3″ 3 lbs. 100-150 lbs.
Soybeans Spring to Summer 1″ 4 lbs. 150-175 lbs.
Vetch, Hairy Anytime 1/2 – 1 1/2″ 1 lb. 25-50 lbs.
 
 
1 Acre = 43,560 square feet, or 435’x100′
 

 
Weight Conversion:
1 Pound = 16 Ounces