General Characteristics
- Field pea is a cool-season legume crop that is grown on over 25 million acres worldwide. Field pea or “dry pea” is marketed as a dry, shelled product for either human or livestock food. Field pea differs from fresh or succulent pea, which is marketed as a fresh or canned vegetable.
Short history and use 
- First cultivated as early as 9,000 years ago pea is among the world's oldest crops. Feed peas belong to the family of cool season legume crops commonly referred to as pulses, which includes lentil, fababean, bean and chickpea. The pea is native to the Middle East, and has been cultivated in Europe for several thousand years. It is now grown in all climatic zones including the tropics where it is grown at high elevations. While used primarily for human consumption, the pea is also known as a high quality animal feed.