Faba beans - sowing date, HRZ South East


Research organisatons
Funding sources

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 2, Bool Lagoon, SA
Related trials
Faba beans - sowing date, HRZ South East locations
  • To gain an understanding of the effect of varying sowing time on yield of faba bean varieties sown in contrasting environments of high (favourable) and low to medium rainfall (less favourable ) faba bean growing areas.
Key messages
  • Under very favourable growing conditions of the 2016 season sowing early at Bool Lagoon did not benefit yields and led to a yield loss of about 10 % in most varieties.
  • In high rainfall areas where high in-crop rainfall and cool spring finishing conditions are forecasted such as was in 2016, growers have an extended agronomic sowing window of between mid-May to the first week of June for most varieties.
  • The most newly released varieties PBA Samira and PBA Zahra had superior yields compared to the varieties they have been released to replace, Farah and PBA Rana respectively. This shows that these varieties have improved agronomic traits over the older varieties.
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 SARDI
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Crop type Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Bool Lagoon 2016

Sow rate or Target density 24 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

15cm row spacing

Sow date 27 April 2016
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 7m x 1.2m
Plot replication Not specified

MAP + Zn (2%) @ 100 kg/ha at sowing


145 ml/ha Tebuconazole + 2.3 L/ha Chlorothalonil during the vegetative growth
2 L/ha Chlorothalonil + 500 ml/ha Carbendazim at pre flowering/canopy closure

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Trial last modified: 24-07-2019 12:17pm AEST