A new Chickpea for your Salads

Muehlbauer, F.J. (2003) A new Chickpea for your Salads. Agricultural Research, 51 (10). p. 23.

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Spring 2003 saw the first commercial planting of Sierra, a kabuli-type chickpea--the kind served at salad bars and used in ethnic dishes. This great-tasting chickpea offers a low-fat source of fiber, protein, iron, vitamins A and C, and folic acid. Sierra was developed from crosses made between Dwelley, an earlier release, and chickpea germplasm obtained from Mexico and central Asia via the International Center for Agricultural Research in Dry Areas in Aleppo, Syria. Its high seed yield and resistance to Ascochyta blight should prove economically profitable to growers. Data from field trials indicate that Sierra blooms in 65 days, grows to 21 inches high, and reaches crop maturity in 110 days. It is relatively easy to harvest by combine, since it grows upright and can be cut 6 inches off the ground. Field tests were conducted in eastern Washington, northern Idaho, North Dakota, and South Dakota. In 8 out of 10 trials, Sierra produced higher seed yields than 2 industry varieties. During 4 years of tests at 3 Palouse sites, Sierra's average yearly seed yield was 1,348 pounds per acre versus 1,274 for Dwelley. Field tests conducted in California also showed good results

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: USDA-ARS Grain Legume Genetics and Physiology Research Unit, Pullman, Washington
Subjects: Postharvest Management
Divisions: Chickpea
Depositing User: Mr. SanatKumar Behera
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2012 08:44
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2012 08:44
Official URL: http://www.ars.usda.gov/is/ar/archive/oct03/sci100...
URI: http://eprints.icrisat.ac.in/id/eprint/4156

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