Faba beans - time of sowing, HRZ Wagga Wagga

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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) Wagga Wagga, NSW
Faba beans - time of sowing, HRZ Wagga Wagga locations
  • To compare growth, development and yield of current commercial faba bean varieties and promising advanced breeding lines at three sowing dates on a hard-setting, acidic, red-brown soil at Wagga Wagga 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 Wagga Wagga 2015 was mid-late April.
  • PBA Nasma, PBA Samira, PBA Zahra, Farah and Fiesta VF were the highest yielding commercial varieties.
  • Choice of sowing time had far greater consequences on growth, development and grain yield of faba bean than choice of variety in this experiment.
  • PBA Nasma produced a small grain size of 53 gm/100 seeds which may have negative marketing implications
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 Unknown

Wagga Wagga 2015

Sow rate or Target density 30 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

Direct drilled using a six row cone seeder with 240mm row spacings and GPS auto-steer. 30cm row spacing

Sow date Not specified
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


Commercial practices used with the aim of weed-free trials, eliminating both weed competition and weed seed set.
Fallow weed control: 1.5L/ha glyphosate (450 g/L), LI 700@105ml, AMS @270grams per ha sprayed on 27.1.15 1.5 L/ha glyphosate (450 g/L), LI700 @ 86ml, AMS @ 216grams, Amicide Advance 700 @ 300ml sprayed on 23.3.15 Terbyne @ 1043grams, AMS @ 435grams, Sencor 750WG @ 304grams, Chemwet 1000 @ 113ml, Roundup DST @ 1000ml. Sprayed on 27.4.15
Post sowing:
Sequence @ 500ml, Hasten @ 678ml, AMS @ 534grams, Sprayed on 4.6.15
Sequence®@ 500ml, AMS @ 539Grams, Hasten @ 336ml. Sprayed on 10.8.15


Targeting Helicoverpa sp, Lucerne flea, chocolate spot.
100ml Lemat (12.6.15)
Penncozeb 750 @ 1kg per ha (9.7.15)
Penncozeb 750 @ 1kg per ha (7.8.15)
Howzat 500g/l carbendazim @ 500ml per ha (2.9.15)
Howzat 500g/l carbendazim @ 500ml per ha (21.9.15)
Trojan 150g/l Gamma-Cyhalothrin @ 30ml per ha (24.10.15)

Inoculant Group F peat inoculant was mixed directly into an on board 100L water tank then pumped though micro-tubes into each sowing furrow
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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
Wagga Wagga, NSW Red brown earth
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Wagga Wagga, 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 Wagga Wagga NSW
2015 582.0mm
2014 544.9mm
2013 539.6mm
2012 584.2mm
2011 598.4mm
2010 615.1mm
2009 547.6mm
2008 555.6mm
2007 504.5mm
2006 527.0mm
2005 574.3mm
2004 545.4mm
2003 523.7mm
2002 544.2mm
2001 559.1mm
2000 499.5mm
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.

Wagga Wagga NSW


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 12:02pm AEST