Faba beans - time of sowing, HRZ Junee Reefs

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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) Junee Reefs, NSW
Faba beans - time of sowing, HRZ Junee Reefs locations
  • To compare growth, development and yield of current commercial faba bean varieties and promising advanced breeding lines at two sowing dates on a hard-setting, acidic, red-brown soil at Junee Reefs in southern NSW. This information will be used to confirm and update current agronomic recommendations for faba bean in this region.
Key messages
  • The optimum time to sowing faba bean at Junee in 2015 was mid-April.
  • PBA Zahra, PBA Samira and PBA Nasma are the highest yielding varieties.
  • Commercial yields of 3 t/ha are achievable with appropriate varieties and management.
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 Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Blocked

Junee Reefs 2015

Sow rate or Target density 30 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

Direct –drilled using a six row cone seeder with 300mm row spacing and GPS auto-steer. 30cm row spacing

Sow date 16 April 2015
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

80 kg/ha grain legume super (N:P:K:S 0:13.8:0:6.1) placed 50 mm below the seed

Seed treatment P-Pickel T (200ml/100kg seed)
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Junee Reefs, NSW Red brown earth
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Junee Reefs, NSW Kandosol
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 Junee Reefs NSW
2015 314.5mm
2014 270.2mm
2013 338.6mm
2012 404.4mm
2011 466.3mm
2010 490.8mm
2009 387.5mm
2008 371.9mm
2007 353.9mm
2006 370.5mm
2005 388.7mm
2004 326.2mm
2003 316.5mm
2002 328.4mm
2001 416.9mm
2000 455.2mm
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.

Junee Reefs NSW

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

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 12:01pm AEST