|Kusmenoglu, I. - WA STATE UNIVERSITY|
Submitted to: Crop Science
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: January 24, 1997
Publication Date: N/A
Interpretive Summary: Crop residues in adequate amounts are needed to protect soil surfaces from the erosive effects of wind and rain. The lentil crop does not produce residues in sufficient quantities to be effective in erosion control. In this study, we evaluated a series of lentil selections and varieties for biomass and residue production over a period of years and at several locations. As expected, there was a significant correlation between biomas production and seed yields. Of particular importance is the positive association between residue amounts and seed yield. This indicates that the problem of minimal residue amounts by lentil crops can be alleviated by selection for higher biomass producing germplasm which will also lead to improved productivity. The germplasm for these improvements is available in the U.S. collection of lentil.