Winter Lentil (Morton)

    Description

    Winter lentils are a lesser used species but offer several benefits. Lentils are relatively low growing and modest in their growth however, they consistently overwinter in Zone 5B where winter temperatures can drop below -25 degrees F. Winter lentils can be added with winter cereals and other winter legumes to have a more diverse overwintering cover crop.

    Winter Lentil (Morton)

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      Seeding Rate: 20 - 25 lbs per acre.

        Description

        Winter lentils are a lesser used species but offer several benefits. Lentils are relatively low growing and modest in their growth however, they consistently overwinter in Zone 5B where winter temperatures can drop below -25 degrees F. Winter lentils can be added with winter cereals and other winter legumes to have a more diverse overwintering cover crop.

        When is the right time to plant?

        Winter Lentil (Morton) has a minimum germination temp of 40 °F. Reference your average soil temperature to determine ideal planting time.
        Read this article for more info: When Can I Start Planting?

        Basic Info

        N Fix Potential 75 - 125
        Seeds/lb 15000
        C/N at Maturity Low
        Growth Habit Prostrate
        Root Type/Depth Shallow Taproot
        Cold Kill 0 °F
        Dry Matter Potential 2 - 2.5 tons/acre

        Use & Characteristics

        Maturity Biennial days
        Lasting Residue Fair
        Palatability Very Good
        Hay Harvest Good
        Regrowth Good
        Deep Compaction Poor
        Surface Compaction Good
        Weed Suppression Fair
        Crimp Kill Easy

        Planting

        Plant Depth 1 - 2"
        Min Germ Temp 40 °F
        Drilled Seed Rate 20 - 25 lbs/acre
        Broadcast Seed Rate 25 - 35 lbs/acre

        Tolerance

        Heat Fair
        Drought Very Good
        Shade Good
        Wet Soil Poor
        Low Fertility Good
        Low pH Soil Very Good
        High pH Salinity Fair
        High pH Calcareous Very Good

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