Lentils - pant density x sowing time, MRZ Wimmera

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Research organisatons
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Eric Armstrong (SARDI)
Jason Brand (DEDJTR)
Jenny Davidson (DEDJTR)
Sarah Day (DEDJTR)
Jon Evans (NSW DPI)
Luke Gaynor (SARDI)
Larn McMurray (SARDI)
Karl Moore (SARDI)
Amanda Pearce (DEDJTR)
Russell Pumpa (SARDI)
Mark Richards (SARDI)
Keisha Savage (DEDJTR)
Christine Walela (DEDJTR)
Andrew Ware (DEDJTR)
Year(s) 2015
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Pimpinio, VIC
Lentils - pant density x sowing time, MRZ Wimmera locations

To investigate the adaptability of a range of lentil varieties to varying plant densities and sowing dates.

Key messages

Seeding rate of lentils in the Mallee could be lowered from 120 to 80 plants/m2, particularly with new disease resistant varieties sown early. Lentils were profitable in the mallee, producing up to $653/ha at Kulwin and $433/ha at Curyo.

Lead research organisation Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources VIC
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source DEDJTRVic
Trial funding source SARDI
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00113
Related program Southern Pulse Agronomy

We sincerely want to thank and acknowledge all co-operators with whom we have worked with throughout the season, who have graciously allowed us to conducted trials on their land.

Technical support: 

  • Jason Ellifson Technical Officer, DEDJTR Horsham
  • Keisha Savage Technical Assistant, DEDJTR Horsham
  • Russel Argall Technical Officer, DEDJTR Horsham
  • Mick Brady Technical Officer, DEDJTR Mildura
  • Chris Davies Technical Assitant, DEDJTR Mildura
  • Henk Venter Technical Officer, Clare, SA
  • Cathy Fisher Technical Officer, Clare, SA
  • Lee Davis Technical Officer, Clare, SA
  • John Nairn Technical Officer, Clare, SA
  • Leigh Davis Technical Officer, Minnipa Ag Centre, SA

Other trial partners Pulse Breeding Australia, The University of Adelaide, Pulse Australia, Southern Farming Systems
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Crop type Lentils
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Rate
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Blocked

Pimpinio 2015

Sow rate or Target density As per treatments to achieve 40, 80, 120, 160 and 200 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

30cm row spacing

Sow date 13 May 2015
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

MAP (9.2, 20.2, 0,2.7) + Zn (2.5) @ 80kg/ha

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Trial results Table 1

# Treatment 1
Grain yield (t/ha)
1 40 plants/m2 0.13
2 80 plants/m2 0.14
3 120 plants/m2 0.15
4 160 plants/m2 0.13
5 200 plants/m2 0.14

Grain yield t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Pimpinio, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Pimpinio, VIC Vertosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Pimpinio VIC
2015 187.8mm
2014 210.2mm
2013 226.5mm
2012 224.9mm
2011 259.7mm
2010 291.1mm
2009 300.2mm
2008 319.6mm
2007 361.1mm
2006 384.0mm
2005 423.4mm
2004 447.0mm
2003 515.8mm
2002 529.0mm
2001 575.6mm
2000 623.8mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Pimpinio VIC


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial last modified: 24-07-2019 12:08pm AEST