Comparison of available soil moisture and nitrogen following wheat and lentil
van Kessel, C.
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Lentil is generally grown in rotation with cereals, and may benefit the succeeding crop by using less moisture or by increasing the amount of available N. Soil moisture and N depletion was measured for lentil and wheat at five sites in 1985, three sites in 1987 and one in 1988. Lentil depleted soil moisture and mineral N to a similar extent as wheat at most sites. Exceptions occurred due to differences between lentil and wheat in their response to rainfall distribution or in their effectiveness at exploiting moisture and nitrate at deeper soil layers. Lentil residues contained more N than wheat residues, but this did not represent a net gain in N because as much N was removed with the seed as was fixed. Lentil residues had a higher and more variable N concentration than wheat Thus, net N mineralization will on average be higher following lentil than following wheat, but the magnitude of these differences will be variable.
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