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Weed Management



Lentils compete poorly with weeds and yield reductions in excess of 80% due to hcompetition have been recorded. In lentil, due to poor early vigour and short height it is critical to minimise weed populations throughout the whole lifecycle. To manage weeds a range of cultural, physical and chemical practices can been employed, both ‘in crop’ and throughout the farming system. Cultural practices include land preparation, seed preparation, sowing and crop establishment method, nutritional management, management of insects and disease and irrigation scheduling. While physical removal or killing of weeds generally occurs either manually or with the tools designed for inter-culturing. These methods integrated with chemicals applied pre-sowing, post-sowing pre emergence and post emergence, provide a sustainable and profitable long term strategy to minimise weeds and maximise grain yield, particularly when implemented with crop rotations throughout the farming system. This chapter provides an overview and discusses principles behind these strategies in lentils across different production regions


Farming System Weed Control Weed Species Weed Management Weed Seed 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Primary Industries, Victoria PB 260Victoria 3401Australia
  2. 2.National Agricultural Innovation Programme, KAB II, PusaNew Delhi 110012India
  3. 3.Division of AgronomyIndian Agricultural Research Institute, PusaNew Delhi 110012India
  4. 4.South Australian Research and Development InstituteClareAustralia

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