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Seeding rate important for early canopy closure in chickpeas

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Northern chickpea growers are advised to sow at optimal seeding rates, irrespective of sowing date, to ensure early canopy closure and minimise the risk of viruses... Dr Andrew Verrell, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) research agronomist says recent research supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) shows growers should sow chickpeas at optimal seeding rates - irrespective of sowing date... Dr Verrell says there are more than 14 species of virus that naturally infect chickpeas and are spread by airborne insects, particularly aphids...