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Pulses, like most other temperate crops, are ideally suited to environments with mild temperatures, adequate rainfall and free draining soils that have a deep uniform profile, a medium to fine texture and slightly acid to neutral pH (6.5-7.5). Pulses when grown on these soils and in these environments produce reliable yields, are relatively easy to manage and achieve good returns on investment.
Pulses can be grown very successfully in less ideal situations, but must then be managed carefully to ensure reliable yields. The different pulse species, and even different varieties of the same species, vary in how tolerant they are of less than ideal conditions. Understanding how pulses respond to soil and environment will make it easier to successfully manage crops in the range of situations occurring in the northern agricultural region.
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Herbicides, Root diseases, Water use efficiency, Plant viruses, Soil properties, Insecticides, Peas, Grain legumes, Storage, Insect pests, Handling, Faba beans, Fungicides, Western Australia
Plant Sciences | Soil Science
White, P, Harries, M, Seymour, M, and Burgess, P. (2005), Producing pulses in the northern agricultural region. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Bulletin 4656.
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