Lentil is one of the oldest domesticated crops. Originating in south-west Asia, lentil has been a staple food since the beginning of agriculture.

Lentils grown in Australia are divided into two groups – red and green – based on cotyledon colour. Each type has a distinct end uses and different markets. Choosing the right variety for the right paddock is central to incorporating lentil into a cropping rotation to improve profitability and productivity. The resources on this page will help to develop a crop management system suited to your farm and will assist in identifying and solving problems that may occur. Pulse Australia encourages growers to seek out an accredited pulse agronomist who is familiar with pulse production your district and to engage a Pulse Australia member to assist with marketing your grain.

Best management guides

Rotation benefits

Variety selection

The variety management packages (VMP) below provide information about each variety's yield performance, disease resistance and susceptibility, agronomic traits (such as lodging) and suitable target markets.

Red lentil VMP
Green lentil VMP

Planting guides

Weed management

Disease management

Pest management

Desiccation, harvest and storage

Marketing and standards