Yellow field peas


Key features

  • Very high grain yield potential.
  • Suitable for plant protein products
  • Bred specifically for fractionation


Pizzaz is a spring-sown variety that produces a crop of medium-tall height and matures mid-season.

Early plant vigour is good, and under ideal growing conditions, Pizzaz will tiller and compensate for minor gaps in the establishment.

Flowering normally commences at nodes 16-17. Flowers are white and normally 2 flowers are produced at each node.


General agronomic practices should be similar to those applied to other field pea varieties.

Choose your paddock carefully giving consideration to soil structure and previous cropping history. A minimum of four years between pea crops is recommended. Check your paddock’s aphanomyces root rot status and avoid paddocks with an unsafe Disease Severity Index.

Spray for aphids early if numbers are starting to build up. Pizzaz, like most other varieties, is susceptible to a range of aphid transmitted viral diseases. Early intervention is critical to avoid yield loss.

Pizzaz is best sown from September to mid-October. The recommended sowing rate will depend on the grain size planted. Aim for a target population of 80 plants/m2.


Pizzaz has been tested with a range of commercially available and recommended herbicides. Check with your agent for the best possible advice.

Pizzaz will respond to irrigation, but careful monitoring of soil moisture levels is recommended to avoid excessive or insufficient irrigation.

Lodging resistance

Pizzaz’s lodging resistance is rated as good. The crop will generally stand for the majority of the season until late pod fill when some lodging may be seen.

Disease resistance

Pizzaz has genetic resistance or tolerance to most pea diseases affecting peas in New Zealand apart from aphanomyces root rot. Monitor aphids and control with a systemic insecticide from node 6.

Marketing and utilisation

The seed licencee for Pizzaz in New Zealand is Cates Grain & Seed.

Pizzaz is targeted at domestic food and feed use and is suitable for splitting for export food markets. Pizzaz is used in the USA for fractionation and use in targeted plant protein products.

PRL Yellowstone

PRL Yellowstone was developed in conjunction with our USA breeding partner.

Key features

  • New field pea variety for commercial production in New Zealand.
  • White-flowered “white pea” (larger yellow seeded grain) suitable for human consumption or livestock feed.
  • Mid – season maturity, semi-leafless erect plant type.
  • Tolerant to powdery mildew.
  • Moderately resistant to Bean leaf roll virus (BLRV).
  • Useful for fractionation for plant protein products.
  • Moderate to good tolerance to lodging
  • Potentially high to very high yields under irrigation in Canterbury
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