Peas are an incredibly powerful and versatile crop—much more so than what most people assume when they think of the legume. While there are countless reasons for pea protein’s popular appeal (nutrient and fiber density, for one), I believe three properties really set it apart.
- They are nitrogen fixators.
Peas are nitrogen fixators, which means they have a relationship with the bacteria in the soil that converts atmospheric nitrogen into a form that the plant can use. They produce so much nitrogen for the plant that there’s an excess left in the soil after harvest for the next crop, which translates to less fertilizer, less runoff, and improved soil health.
- They are resource conscious.
Peas are a cool season crop, but we’ve found more opportunities to grow in different parts of the country, which encourages crop diversity and helps alleviate the risk of over-farming land.
- They help build soil health.
As a cover crop, peas help preserve topsoil, the heartland’s most precious resource. As a cover crop, peas can help reduce erosion and promote sustainability, which serves as an investment in the Farm Belt’s (and the planet’s) future.