As a preceding crop, grain legumes have a positive effect and improve the soil quality. Unfortunately, the knowledge about their cultivation has been largely lost.
The guideline for the cultivation of grain legumes provides detailed recommendations on field selection, tillage, sowing, plant protection, fertilisation, weed management and the choice of variety and preceding crop.
The German Federal programme on organic farming and other forms of sustainable agriculture developed practical cultivation strategies with the aim of improving soil fertility and plant nutrition.
During the five-year project, some new practical knowledge was gained. These findings are listed in the booklet.
Reading this guideline should encourage farmers to intensify the cultivation of grain legumes.