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7253. Veseth, Roger. 1990. Winter lentil could provide conservation tillage option.. STEEP Conservation Farming Update, Winter 1990 p. 3-6.
Lentils may be adaptable to a wider range of uses in crop rotations as a result of breeding work by the USDA-ARS at Pullman, WA. Winter hardy lentils are being selected that could fit nicely into reduced tillage systems. Yield potential should be higher with a fall planting, but current winter lentil yields are similar to spring seedings. Advantages include avoidance of spring soil compaction, efficient use of moisture, and planting into standing stubble. A small red lentil is being developed for use in areas with 14-18" precipitation as a replacement for summer fallow. Planting winter wheat after lentils can reduce pythium root rot, Rhizoctonia root rot, Cephalosporium stripe, and take-all diseases.

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