Adaptation of lentil (Lens culinaris Medik) to short season Mediterranean-type environments: response to sowing rates

KHM Siddique, SP Loss, KL Regan, DL Pritchard

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Abstract

The growth and seed yield response of lentil (cv. Digger) to sowing rate (20-120 kg/ha) was studied at 13 sites over 3 seasons in the cropping regions of south-western Australia. The economic optimum plant density was estimated by fitting an asymptotic model to the data and calculating the sowing rate above which the cost for additional seed was equivalent to the revenue that could be achieved from the extra seed yield produced, assuming a 10% opportunity cost.

On average across all sites and seasons, only 51% of sown seeds emerged. Increasing sowing rate resulted in greater dry matter production at flowering and maturity, and fewer pods per plant. Harvest index (0.31-0.36), number of seeds per pod (1.13-1.84), and mean seed weight (2.9-3.6 g/100 seeds) remained relatively stable with changes in sowing rate. The asymptotic models fitted to seed yields accounted for 1-73% of the total variance in the data, except at one site where a model could not be found to provide an adequate fit to the data. In addition to this site, another 5 sites were excluded from further consideration where the percentage of variance accounted for was

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1057-1066
Number of pages10
Journal Australian Journal of Agricultural Research
Volume49
Issue number7
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998

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