Lentil is well suited to direct seeding cropping systems. Lentil seedlings tend to be vigorous and can emerge through crop residue and grow from greater depths versus some crops traditionally grown in Saskatchewan.
Studies conducted by Agriculture and AgriFood Canada at Swift Current demonstrated the benefits of producing lentil on untilled stubble and the influence of the previous crop stubble height. Lentil yield increased significantly as the stubble height of the previous crop increased. While pre-worked fields produced the lowest yields. Seeding lentil into tall standing stubble helped reduce soil moisture evaporation, particularly prior to flowering, resulting in greater water use efficiency (amount of grain produced per unit of water used) by the crop. As stubble height increased, the height of the lowest pod also increased, easing harvest operations and possibly reducing shattering losses.
Fields seeded to lentils are usually rolled with a land roller following seeding or up to the fourth node stage. Rolling levels the soil, protects harvest equipment by pressing most rocks into the dirt, and reduces the risk of down-grading the harvest sample with dirt contamination (earth tag).