Pulse School: Early Decisions on Lentils — Rolling, Seeding and Stand Evaluations

Most lentils will have been in the ground for a while now, with farmers now starting to scout for emergence, and staging for potential herbicide and machinery passes.

According to the Saskatchewan Ministry of Agriculture, fields left unrolled prior to planting lentils can be rolled following emergence up to the five to seven-node stage, with the best results occurring on dry soil when plants are slightly wilted.

Related: Pulse School: The Optimal Time to Roll those Pulse Acres

In this episode of the Pulse School, Steve Shirtliffe, professor at the University of Saskatchewan, covers some of the top considerations when seeding lentils. From early-season scouting tips, to recapping plant density targets, rolling timing and what to keep an eye on as the season progresses, Shirtliffe gives you the lentil lowdown in this Pulse School.

Questions included in the interview:
1. What is going on in this field of lentils? 00:28
2. What should you do to prepare a field for lentils? 01:08
3. What kind of plant populations should we look at targeting? 01:50
4. How would you assess plant populations in the field? 02:18
5. How late is too late to seed lentils? 03:12
6. What should we be looking at for a seeding depth? 04:55

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