Cowpea
Vigna unguiculata

Also known as: blackeyed peas, southern peas

Subtropical and tropical annual legume

Uses

Plant Highlights

Cultural Traits

Planting

Seeding Method

Seed Cost: .50 $/lb

Seed Availability: Readily available

Cultivars

Cultivars commonly recommended by the Hawai`i Natural Resources Conservation Service include: 'Mississippi Pinkeye Purple Hull' which is reported to be root knot nematode resistant, burrowing nematode susceptible.

Mixes

with sorghum-sudangrass hybrid, buckwheat

Soil Improvements

Pest Control

Management Attributes

Notes


Uses in the Pacific Region

No information is available in this database on this topic.

Uses in Hawai'i

The Hawai`i Natural Resources Conservation Service Technical Guide includes Cowpea (cv. 'Mississippi Pinkeye Purple Hull'). Their specification describes Cowpea as follows:

For More information

UC Davis On-line Cover Crop Index

FAO Web Site


References

1998. Managing Cover Crops Profitably, 2nd ed. Sustainable Agriculture Network, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, USA. pp. 212.

USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Hawai`i Field Office Technical Guide, Section IV, Code 340 "Cover and Green Manure Crop" May 1992. Pacific Islands Area Field Office Technical Guide (eFOTG) - East Area

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These webpages were originally generated under a grant program from Western SARE entitled "Covering New Ground: Tropical Cover Crops for Improving Soil Quality" EW98-012 (1998-2002).