Faba beans - variety (HRZ adapted) x sowing rate, HRZ South West


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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) Site 1, Rokewood, VIC
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Faba beans - variety (HRZ adapted) x sowing rate, HRZ South West locations
  • To evaluate the performance of 1. a range of faba bean varieties and breeding lines with traits for adaptation to high or low rainfall zones, and 2. investigate the optimum plant density for selected varieties and breeding lines.
Key messages
  • New faba bean lines will offer opportunities for growers in the Mallee with profitable yields (>140% of PBA Samira) produced in both dry (2015) and wet (2016) seasons. Similarly, in the high rainfall zone, a new breeding line AF11212, appears to be significantly higher yielding most other varieties.
  • In the high rainfall season a sowing rate targeting 20 pl/m2 at Curyo and 30 pl/m2 at Rokewood was optimum for faba bean profitability.
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
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 Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Sowing: Row spacing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Rokewood 2016

Sow rate or Target density 5, 10, 15, 20 and 30 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

36cm row spacing

Sow date 26 April 2016
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

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

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Trial last modified: 25-07-2019 10:34am AEST