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Pea crop growing in Panhandle

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With all the hubbub surrounding fireworks and possible damage to crops, a new crop is making a presence in the panhandle and the state of Nebraska.
 
Field peas were not once a crop grown in the region,  they were planted as a sample crop about 5 years ago. And now, more than 50-thousand acres of Nebraska land is devoted to peas.

University of Nebraska Alternative Crops Breeding Specialist Dipak Santra says field peas have many benefits to both the land and farmer, and could make a surge to one of the state's leading crops, because they require little water, and can rotate well with wheat based cropping systems.
  
"I anticipate in the near future, probably five years, the total acreage will grow from 50,000 acres in the state to maybe half million acres in the next five years," explains Santra. "That's my anticipation because the demand in the international food market is going up."
 
Santra says most of the U.S. pea production is exported to Asian countries and parts of Europe.
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