Join Date: Jun 2016
Location: NW of Don about an hr - by car. West Central Alberta.
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The waiting and the apprehension that go along with experiments like this is the hardest part, but think you can be assured that everybody been there, done that. It would be good to hear results of experiments where putting on granular inoculant after seeding, but my opinion is that as much as you hate wasting product(if you find anybody that takes back inoculant already tank and/or pays damages would love to hear), you likely saving fuel and keeping your pea seed bed uncompromised by just tossing it rather than applying after the fact. As has been mentioned you have other options after crop comes up if you feel like spending more money - experiments that save money this yr may be the best.
If it makes you feel better I have a few pretty much planned experiments this yr - no inoculant, high residual N(Ie - over 100lbs/a), poorly applied peat Inoculant - low residual N, pretty healthy dose of fertilizer, and even no inoculant, healthy dose of fert after seeding(ok - this was bit of unplanned thing). I am pretty sure that the biggest crop will be on the no inoculant, very high N land, however, the peas may stay greener, longer than is healthy in this country. FWIW - I do not grow peas for its N fixing abilities and have found in past that crop following peas is always better regardless of inoculant. I am sure different land responds to Inoculant differently like so many other things in farming.