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United States Department of Agriculture

Agricultural Research Service

Title: Legume Seed Crop Management

Authors
item Marshall, A - INST OF GRASSLAND, UK
item Steiner, Jeffrey
item Niemelainen, O - AG RES CENTRE, FINLAND
item Hacquet, J - FNAMS, FRANCE

Submitted to: Book Chapter
Publication Type: Book / Chapter
Publication Acceptance Date: June 16, 1997
Publication Date: N/A

Interpretive Summary: "Legume Seed Crop Management" is one chapter of a 12-chapter monograph on temperate forage seed production. Forage legume seed crops are grown in many regions of the world. Some species require very restricted conditions to be grown, while other crops may be grown in a wide range of environments. Successful forage legume seed production requires a detailed understanding of crop physiology and ecology to integrate the best management agronomic practices for optimal production. This chapter gives examples of the range and complexity of information needed to understand seed production practices at a global scale. Included in the chapter are sections covering physical site preparation, crop establishment, crop fertility, weed control, nonreproductive vegetation management, plant growth regulators, crop-water requirements, and pest control. This chapter and its bibliography will be a useful resource for researchers, students, and seed growers.

Technical Abstract: Temperate legume seed crops are grown in a variety environment world-wide. Some species require very restricted conditions to be grown, while other crops may be adapted to a wide range of environments. The chapter, "Legume Seed Crop Management" gives examples of the range and complexity of factors that need to be understood to develop production practices that can be used at a global scale. This chapter will serve as an important reference for researchers, extension agents, students, and seed growers. It includes sections addressing physical site selection and preparation, crop establishment, crop fertility, weed management, plant growth regulators, crop-water requirements, and pest control.

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