SAGIT vetch trials on EP


Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Stuart Nagel, Gregg Kirby and Leigh David (SARDI)
Year(s) 2016
Contributor SARDI Minnipa Agricultural Centre
Trial location(s) Site 13, Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA
SAGIT vetch trials on EP locations

The aim of this project (SAGIT S914) was to;

  • Provide a genuine legume break crop option for cereal and mixed farmers in the marginal cropping areas of South Australia. Focusing on Western Eyre Peninsula, the Upper North and the Murray lands/Mallee.
  • Trial advanced common vetch lines with specific targeted traits in replicated trials in these regions of South Australia for assessment of potential new releases.
  • Validate the benefits and potential of common vetch in the targeted areas.
  • Provide farmers with high yielding alternative vetch varieties that are well adapted to sandy-alkaline soils in low rainfall environments.
Key messages
  • SAGIT funded trials over the last 3 years have shown the potential of vetch on Eyre Peninsula, leading to the selection of an early flowering (90-95 days) line with increased winter vigour (SA 34876) as a new variety for low rainfall mixed farming systems.
  • The last three seasons have been particularly good at Minnipa for both grain and hay production of vetch.
  • Piednippie trials have not been as successful as Minnipa, but have still shown with the right management vetch could produce good hay, fodder or grazing on the grey calcareous soils.
  • On Eyre Peninsula early sowing (mid- April) can achieve good yield and hay production but is heavily reliant on either good subsoil moisture or late follow-up rain.
  • Herbicide choices for vetch are very dependent on local conditions so talk to your local agronomist about the best options available.
Lead research organisation South Australian Research and Development Institute
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source SAGIT S914
Related program National Vetch Breeding Program

SAGIT Project S914. The National Vetch Breeding Program would like to thank SAGIT, GRDC, RIRDC and SARDI for funding this program and acknowledge the ongoing support and interest provided by Australian farmers. Farmers, not for profit farmer groups and organisations, provide trial sites, feedback, advice, recommendations and their wish lists for future varieties to the program, all of which are gratefully received and appreciated.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Vetch
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Minnipa Agricultural Centre 2016

Sow date 11 May 2016
Harvest date 31 October 2016 Grain harvest
Plot size 1.5m x 10m
Plot replication 3
Paddock history 2015: Barley 2014: Barley 2013: Vetch

No fertiliser applied


Pre sowing chemicals

2.0 L/ha Roundup +1.2 L/ha Treflan+60 ml/ha Hammer+ 1 L/ha Lorsban+500 ml/100 L LI700

11 May

Grass herbicides

400 ml/ha Select and 350 ml/ha Lemat and 1 L/100 L Kwiken

14 June




1 L/ha Lorsban and Karate 0.8 L/ha

20 May

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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 13, Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Clay loam
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source
Trial site Soil order
Site 13, Minnipa Agricultural Centre, SA Calcarosol
National soil grid Source
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



Site 13, Minnipa Agricultural Centre SA 2016

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg ann (mm) 325mm
Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 241mm
Rainfall trial total (mm) 391mm
Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 268mm

Derived climate information

Site 13, Minnipa Agricultural Centre SA


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

SILO weather estimates sourced from
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.

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Trial last modified: 11-09-2017 09:31am AEST