Field Day: legumes as alternatives for irrigated cultivation in winter

Embrapa Field Day shows how to plant lentils and peas during the winter period

05.07.2023 | 13:59 (UTC -3)
Anelise Macedo

Presenting cultivation options/alternatives for irrigated areas in the region is the proposal for the Winter Leguminous Vegetables Field Day that will take place on the 6th of July at Embrapa Vegetables - lentil and forage pea cultivars will be presented at the event that will discuss the advantages of diversification and the results arising from this paradigm shift related to rural property efficiency. Access to registrations here.    

"The idea behind this initiative is to offer producers the alternative of diversifying their production in the winter period with the cultivation of lentils and/or forage peas", notes researcher Warley Nascimento, coordinator of the legume improvement program at Embrapa Hortaliças . According to him, both alternatives are interesting - in the case of lentils, a legume that is very dependent on imports, the increase in national production could reduce spending on imported grains, enabling a reduction in price and, consequently, greater access to the consumer's table.

Following the indication of new configurations of irrigated winter cultivation, the researcher highlights the forage pea as a plant for rotation and coverage, improving the physical-chemical and biological quality of the soil, a role well played by the BRS Sulina cultivar, developed in joint research between Embrapa's Vegetables (Brasília-DF) and Wheat (Passo Fundo-RS) Units. According to Nascimento, the legume is recommended for green manure and soil cover and has important characteristics.

"In addition to the cultivar's characteristics, such as rusticity, disease resistance and, mainly, volume of green mass, BRS Sulina provides significant cost savings to producers of various crops, with a reduction in dependence on chemical fertilizers for subsequent crops.” 

In the researcher's assessment, “investment in new technologies has brought dividends for all actors in this process – producers and companies (processing and seed production industries) and for the consumer who now has access to food at a better price and greater quality". 

Program:

9:30 - Reception and delivery of material

9:45 - 10:00 - Coffee with chickpeas 

10:00 - 11:00 - Visit to lentil and field pea fields

11:00 - Tasting of leguminous vegetable products

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