Agriseeds Cowpea CBC2 Production
Grown best in Zimbabwe Ecological regions III, IV and V.
250 – 500mm rainfall is adequate for cowpea production.
Best yields are obtained from well drained soils with a pH of 6-7
Planting time: from end November to first week of January.
In high rainfall areas it is best to plant late from mid December to avoid diseases.
Use Thiram 80% WP at 70g/100kg of seed if not certified to control damping of seeding disease.
Cowpea Field Management
Cowpea is susceptible to a wide range of diseases.The best control measure is through the use of virus-free seed produced under strict rogueing production systems (i.e., removing and destroying any plants showing virus disease symptoms). Anthracnose – fungal disease that affects the stem, branches, leaves and pods. Control – grow resistant varieties; chemical control (mancozeb) or any other suitable fungicide.
Pests include Aphids, Heliothis bollworm, CMR beetle and Tip-wilter. After harvest, the seed is susceptible to bruchids, a grain borer. These pests may be controlled with appropriate chemicals.