Lentil fits well into a direct seeding crop production system. Lentil seedlings can emerge through crop residue because of their strong seedling vigour and ability to emerge from greater soil depths.
Studies conducted 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. Pre-worked fields produced the lowest yields. Seeding lentil into tall standing stubble helped reduce soil moisture evaporation, particularly during the period prior to flowering. This resulted in greater water use efficiency (amount of grain produced per unit of water used) by the crop, an extremely important factor in dryland production. As stubble height increases, the height of the lowest pod also increases, which can make swathing or combining easier and possibly reduce shattering losses.