Iron Clay Cowpeas are a warm-season legume used as an added ingredient to spring, summer and fall food plots for wildlife. They are excellent for quail, dove and deer. Iron Clay Cowpeas produce forage in 45 days, and mature seed in 100 days. Iron Clay produces the abundant amounts of organic matter and nitrogen needed to enrich the soil, resists common forms of root-knot nematode (Meloidogyne incognita), and grows well during desert summers with moderate irrigation. For more information on Iron Clay Cowpeas please feel free to contact us.
Deer are highly fond of Iron Clay Cowpeas, which is fortunate because the Iron Clay Cowpeas provide a high level of protein that will help promote antler growth. Due to their preference, deer have been known to strip a newly-seeded area if it is heavily overpopulated. Iron Clay Cowpeas yield an extremely high number of seeds, which helps them be fairly resilient when faced with high amount of deer pressure. Iron Clay Cowpeas have become a favorite addition to deer forage food plot mixtures.
Aside from deer, Iron Clay Cowpeas also provide a food supply for turkey, rabbit, and quail. Turkey in particular will seek out Cowpea plots due to their preference for early seedlings. Once the plants have matured, they will attract insects that turkeys depend upon for their diet. In the late summer, the Iron Clay Cowpeas will produce seed in pods that make a superb food for turkey and quail.
Iron Clay Cowpeas are Non-GMO.
Iron Clay Cowpeas are a highly-preferred annual season legume which is best used when planting a combination of plants for foraging wildlife food plots. Actually a bean and not a pea, Iron Clay Cowpeas produce a very nutritious crop of seeds that can be shelled and eaten fresh, processed in the green stage, or allowed to dry on a vine. Cowpeas are believed to have originated in Africa. Their introduction to the United States occurred during early colonial times and quickly became a staple crop in the southeast. Due to their ability to produce their own nitrogen in root modules, Iron Clay Cowpeas are a good choice for soil-building summer crops.
It's no secret why Hancock's Iron Clay Cow Pea Seed is so popular. The answer is "because it works"! Here are a few of our favorite reviews from clients who have planted Hancock's Iron Clay Cow Pea seed:
"I have purchase a little over 100 pounds of seed from them and the delivery was fast," says Darrell A. "The sacks of seed were properly packaged to prevent damage to the bags. The price was great, no shipping charge was excellent. I find some vendors sell their product at a good price but [mess with you] you on the shipping charges."
Admittedly, not every order comes out perfect. Hancock Seed will always work to make it up to you! "Fast, quality and friendly," says Michael M. "One bag was ripped and spilled in box. Called 1-800 number and they couldn’t have been nicer. They wanted to replace lost seed. I only lost about a pound so I didn’t care about replacing. I just to have mess with a ripped bag until use. Everything else I received was ok. I would still order from Hancock seed again."
"I made an shipping mistake, called Hancock they corrected it for me on the fly," writes Kristopher L. "The seed came quickly and grew very well in East Texas soils. The inoculant for the seed is a must if you buy these cowpeas. I will be purchasing this again for Spring 2019. The deer tore up my I&C cowpea foot plot last year."
"I've purchased seed from Hancocks on numerous occasions and have always been pleased with the prompt shipping and quality," says Paul S. "Though I've not yet sown the cowpeas, I've every expectation that the peas will be of outstanding quality and viability."
Due to their tolerances to cold and drought, Iron Clay Cowpeas are able to be planted anytime between March and June, or they can be planted in the early fall; soil temperatures should remain above 60 degrees to ensure the best germination and emergence. Iron Clay Cowpeas are fairly resilient once planted, and are able to germinate in a wide array of soils, but they still require the PH to be between 5 and 7.5. Once planted, the seeds should reach maturity within ninety to one hundred days provided that rainfall exceeds at least 25 in.
For cover crops, plant 75 to 100 lbs. per acre in April through August. Iron Clay Peas work great for planting after your Spring garden to increase soil organics and prevent summer weed growth.
Many food plot planters have had success when combining both Egyptian Wheat seed and Cowpea seed to create a plot that attracts all manners of mammals and game fowl. The Egyptian Wheat provides all of its usual benefits, such as providing cover for deer and an excellent source of forage for turkey, doves, and quail, but its strong stalks provide a base that the Cowpeas can use to gain elevation off the ground. The Cowpeas will provide further forage for the deer to feed on during the Summer months. This combination will provide a nearly year-round blend of forages for deer, squirrel and most desired bird species.