Growing field peas will be the focus of an upcoming South Dakota State University Extension meeting to be held Jan. 14 in Pierre, S.D., that will be of interest to farmers and those helping them expand or enter into growing the crop.

"With the pending startup of a new pea processing plant in central South Dakota, there may be new interest in field pea production. Interested producers and industry representatives who would like to learn more about this expanding crop may want to consider attending this meeting," said Ruth Beck, SDSU Extension agronomy field specialist.

The agenda includes a presentation from Chris Graham, SDSU Extension agronomist. Graham runs the SDSU field pea and lentil variety trials in South Dakota. He will discuss the trials and results. Dwayne Beck, manager of the Dakota Lakes Research Farm will share some basic production and agronomic information.  Ruth Beck, will share some of the common disease concerns associated with field pea production.

Special guest speaker will be Brian Jenks, Ph.D., weed specialist from North Dakota State University, who will discuss weed control concerns and management in peas. The last part of the day will include a grower panel consisting of experienced field pea and lentil growers from South Dakota.

This meeting will be held at the Econolodge (formerly The Kings Inn) located at 110 East Sioux Ave in Pierre. It will start at 10:30 a.m. and run through to 3 p.m. There will be a catered noon lunch included. Cost to attend and eat lunch is $10 to be collected at the door.  

To accommodate for the lunch an RSVP is requested by Jan. 13. Anyone interested should contact the SDSU Regional Extension Center in Pierre by calling 605-773-8120 or email