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MSU releases green pea variety 12 years in the making


March 28, 2018

MSU Photo by Adrian Sanchez-Gonzalez

Chase Stoner with Stoner Family Farms harvests dry green peas July 23, 2016, at the family's farm fields north of Havre. The Montana State University pulse crop breeding program has released a new green pea variety bred specifically for Montana growing conditions. The variety, currently named MT457, will be commericallly available in 2020.

By Jenny Lavey

MSU News Service

BOZEMAN - More than a decade ago when Montana's pulse crop industry was a sliver in northeastern Montana and there wasn't much money to fund alternative crop trials, a Montana State University agricultural faculty member was planting the future.

Chengci Chen, superintendent of the MSU Eastern Agricultural Research Center in Sidney has spent the last 12 years developing pulse crops specifically adapted to Montana's growing conditions. One successful green pea variety with high yield and protein, currently named MT457, was released from the university last mo...

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