Yield and Water Use of Field Peas and Chickpeas Under Irrigation

November 7, 2019

In southwest Nebraska, irrigating corn and soybeans with limited water is challenging due to typically dry weather conditions and high crop water use (i.e., evapotranspiration or ET) in July and August.

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Irrigated chickpea field, part of study at Grant.

Update: Yield and Water Use of Field Peas and Chickpeas Under Irrigation

November 7, 2019
Research in southwest Nebraska looks at potential water savings from adding field peas and chickpeas in corn-soybean rotations where irrigation water is limited. Both pea crops efficiently used early-season precipitation for good yields.

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Two photos of chickpeas in the field, one grown in no-till (L) and one grown with tillage (R) at Grant in 2018
Figure 1. Comparison of chickpeas grown in no-till (L) and tillage (R) at Grant in 2018

Field Pea and Chickpea Germination and Yield as Affected by Tillage

October 17, 2019
Research conducted with field peas and chickpeas near Grant found that yield increased slightly with the use of tillage; however, tillage was not recommended for dryland and semi-arid conditions.

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Photo of demonstration plot comparing field peas (left) and chickpeas

Study of Wheat Behind Field Peas, Chickpeas, Soybeans and Fallow

October 4, 2019
Field demonstration plots near Grant compare water availability, crop water use efficiency, yield, and other factors when wheat is planted after fallow, field peas, chickpeas, and soybeans.

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Chart of grain yield and crop water use efficiency for chickpeas and field peas under dryland, deficit, and full irrigation.

Yield and Water Use of Field Peas and Chickpeas Under Irrigation

March 21, 2019
This study, conducted in southwest Nebraska, investigated the feasibility of field pea and chickpea production under irrigation and evaluated their potential for water conservation in irrigated cropping systems.

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Plots of field peas and chick peas studied as possible alternatives to fallow in more arid production areas.

Research Examines Water Balance of Field Peas, Chickpeas and Soybeans vs Fallow

February 21, 2019
This research compared fallow to field peas, chickpeas, and soybeans in terms of water balance, impact on next year’s wheat crop, and profitability. It was conducted near Grant in western Nebraska.

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Specialty Crops Disease Update

January 10, 2019

The occurrence and distribution of plant pathogens are long known to be strongly influenced by the environment. We see evidence of this concept every season on specialty crops in western Nebraska, and 2018 was no exception.

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Field of field peas
Field peas growing in west central Nebraska in summer 2018. (Photos by Strahinja Stepanovic)

Nebraska Pulse Crops Expo Jan. 7 in Kearney

December 11, 2018
To learn about getting started with pulse crops or how to enhance your existing pulse production, don’t miss the 2019 Nebraska Pulse Crops Expo January 7 in Kearney. The program is free but registrations are needed by Jan. 2.

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