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New cool-season pulse production guide available for Montana growers of peas and lentils

June 11, 2013 -- MSU News Service

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BOZEMAN – Montana State University (MSU) Extension has published a new guide for growers of peas and lentils. The “Montana Cool-season Pulse Production Guide” provides current best management practices for production of dry pea, lentil, and chickpea for Montana producers.

In the traditional wheat-fallow system of crop production common in Montana, the use of annual legumes, or pulse crops, in rotation with wheat can help bring agronomic and financial benefits in terms of soil health, biological activity and overall potential productivity. As of 2012, pulse crops represent more than one-half million acres of the seven million acres in dry-land production in Montana.

“This guide provides the most recent best management practices from experts in crop production, nutrient management, weed, disease, and insect control to help Montana producers successfully raise pulse crops on their farms,” said Kent McVay, author and MSU extension cropping system specialist.

The authors of the new pulse guide include the basics for successful production of the pulse crops as well as Internet links to more detailed information. Detailed chapters in the guide address cultural practices; soil fertility and nutrient needs; recommendations by crop; weed management during growth and harvest; disease, insect, pathogen management.

The guide is available for download or in print from MSU Extension at, and through your local county Extension office.

Contact: Kent McVay, MSU Extension Cropping System Specialist, (406) 348-3400, or