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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Research Project: Western Regional Cool Season Food Legume Evaluation Trials

Location: Grain Legume Genetics Physiology Research

2011 Annual Report


1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
Conduct advanced lentil, pea, and chickpea yield trials in several locations in MT and ND.


1b.Approach (from AD-416)
Locations will include Kalispell, MT, Moccasin, MT, Carrington, ND, Hettinger, ND and Minot, ND. Lentil advanced yield trials will include approximately 20 advanced breeding lines, which will be selected based on performance in the Advanced Yield Trials conducted in WA and ID by the USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit (Pullman, WA). These will include the four highest yielding advanced breeding lines for each major market class (Pardina, Eston, Turkish Red, and Large Seeded Green). Lentil checks will include the varieties Eston, Pardina, Crimson, and Riveland. Kabuli chickpea advanced yield trials will include approximately 10 advanced breeding lines, which will be selected based on performance in the Advanced Yield Trials conducted in WA and ID by the USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit (Pullman, WA). Chickpea checks will include the varieties Dwelly, Troy, Sierra and Dylan, which represent high yielding varieties of both the Café and Spanish White Kabuli classes. Pea advanced yield trials will include approximately 10 advanced green pea breeding lines and 6 advanced yellow pea breeding lines, which will be selected based on performance in the Advanced Yield Trials conducted in WA and ID by the USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit (Pullman, WA). Green pea check varieties will include Aragorn, Ariel, Columbian and Medora, while the yellow pea checks will include Universal and Carousel. Each entry will be grown in 6 ft x 20 ft plots with three replications per entry per location. Recommended management practices will be employed at each location with respect to seedbed preparation and the control of weeds and insect pests. Data on days to flower, days to maturity, plant height, seed size (gm/100 seed) and yield will be collected for each entry. Tolerance to lodging will be inferred from the ratio of plant height at maturity/plant height at harvest. Appropriate statistical analysis will be conducted to detect significant differences among entries for each data class.


3.Progress Report

Advanced breeding lines of pea, lentil, and chickpea were evaluated in yield trials conducted at multiple locations in WA, ID, MT and ND. Pre-breeder seed lots were produced of several chickpea, lentil, and pea lines that are being considered for imminent release as new varieties. The lead scientist monitors the Cooperator’s performance through regular phone conversations and email correspondence, visits to field locations and participation in field tours during the growing season, and meetings held after the field season is completed.


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