Chickpea Growers Back in Business

Stelljes, K.B. (1981) Chickpea Growers Back in Business. Agricultural research , 43 (4). pp. 1-4.

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Jim Evans noticed a yellowing, washtub-size patch in his chickpea crop one day in 1985. "When I looked closer, I saw chalky lesions on the leaves and stems," Evans says. His farm in Genesee, Idaho, was hit with one of the worst chickpea diseases—Ascochyta blight—and he was not alone. By 1987, growers across Washington and Idaho were losing their crops to the fungus. "Blight infection can kill plants, reduce yield, and affect seed quality," says Walter J. Kaiser, plant pathologist at the ARS Western Regional Plant Introduction Station in Pullman, Washington. Evans' yield dropped from 2,200 pounds of chickpeas per acre to less than 400. Many farmers quit trying to grow them. Acreage dropped from over 11,000 in 1987 to 4,000 in 1994. Those who kept trying spent up to $60 per acre on fungicides—often without results.

Item Type: Article
Author Affiliation: ARS(USA)
Subjects: Social Sciences
Divisions: Chickpea
Depositing User: Library ICRISAT-InfoSAT
Date Deposited: 01 Apr 2012 13:45
Last Modified: 01 Apr 2012 13:46
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