Faba beans - sowing date x plant density, MRZ Lower Eyre 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) Site 1, Yeelanna, SA
Related trials
Faba beans - sowing date x plant density, MRZ Lower Eyre Peninsula 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
  • Sowing early did not benefit or penalise grain yield at this medium rainfall short season faba bean producing site under the favourable seasonal conditions of 2016. This result and previous results suggest early sowing (mid April) on average will be beneficial for faba beans and is unlikely to result in a yield penalty if disease can be managed.
  • The advanced breeding lines, AF11212 and AF09169 yielded similar to the most newly released varieties PBA Samira and PBA Zahra under favorable conditions. Further evaluation across dryer and less favorable seasons is required to understand the suitability of these distinct faba bean types to the favorable short season environments such as the lower Eyre Peninsula.
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
  • Sowing: Row spacing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Yeelanna 2016

Sow rate or Target density 24 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

 25cm row spacing

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 10m x 1.75m
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 12:18pm AEST