Chickpeas - sowing time, MRZ Yorke Peninsula


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Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Brand and Tibebu Nigussie (DEDJTR), Christine Walela, Sarah Day, Amanda Pearce, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware and Larn McMurray (SARDI)
Year(s) 2016
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Melton, SA
Related trials
Chickpeas - sowing time, MRZ Yorke Peninsula locations
  • To identify appropriate sowing times of new advanced chickpea lines alongside commonly grown commercial varieties.
Key messages
  • Compared to most pulses, chickpeas have a higher sensitivity to cold temperatures during reproductive growth stages of flowering and podding and also require cool long finishing conditions for grain filling due to the long maturity profiles.
  • Sowing time influenced the yield of chickpeas in 2016 where earlier sown crops were: a) more susceptible to AB foliar disease as a result of bulk canopies, b) flowered and podded under non-conducive conditions of low temperatures and heavy rainfall and c) incurred yield loss compared with later sown crops.
  • On the other hand, later sown chickpeas commenced flowering under favourable conditions of warmer temperatures and non-limiting moisture conditions leading to higher yields.
  • Chickpea production is currently receiving a lot of interest in South Australia, however, growers need to take into consideration the recent change in the AB pathogen virulence and develop effective strategies for disease management including less susceptible varieties and application of strategic fungicides.
Lead research organisation Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources VIC
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source SARDI
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00150
Trial funding source DEDJTRVic
Related program Southern Pulse Agronomy

We are grateful for the support we receive from the numerous commercial agronomists and seed commercialising companies.

Technical Support :

  • Jason Ellifson, Russel Argall, Ash Purdue, Mick Brady, Chris Davies (DEDJTR), Henk Venter, Cathy Fisher, Lee Davis, John Nairn (Clare, SA) and Leigh Davis (Minnipa Ag Centre, SA)

Industry Collaborators :

  • Matt Rodda, Garry Rosewarne and Helen Richardson (DEDJTR), Kristy Hobson (DPI NSW), Jeff Paull (University of Adelaide), Jenny Davidson, Rohan Kimber, (SARDI), Ashley Wallace (Regional Research Agronomist Program) and Southern Farming Systems for managing trials in SW Vic.

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

Melton 2016

Sow rate or Target density Kabuli = 35 plants/m2; Desi = 50 plants/m2
Sow date 5 May 2016
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 10m x 1.75m
Plot replication Not specified

MAP + Zn (2%) @ 90 kg/ha at sowing


Chlorothalonil at 8 weeks, early flower and early podding

Seed treatment P-Pickel T (200 ml/100 kg seed)
Inoculant Group N
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Trial last modified: 31-07-2018 11:31am AEST