Faba beans - sowing date x plant density, HRZ Mid North


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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, Tarlee, SA
Related trials
Faba beans - sowing date x plant density, HRZ Mid North 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

General Summary/implications on faba bean Agronomy
Environmental conditions of above average rainfall during winter and early spring favoured early crop vigour and provided ideal conditions for the production of high plant biomass and large canopies. Further, cool and wet spring conditions during the pod-filling phase in late spring led to prolonged maturation contributing to very high yields across all sites. Pulse crop yields are strongly driven by environmental conditions in spring, particularly the length of grain filling period which is largely influenced by availability of soil water and optimum temperature. The current results should therefore be interpreted in the context of the highly favourable season of 2016. It is also interesting to note that despite the extremely high yields and favourable growing seasons, early sowing (mid-April) was still beneficial for faba beans in medium rainfall areas such as Hart in 2016 in contrast to higher rainfall areas of SA such as in the South East.
The advanced breeding line AF09169 sown in mid-April, flowered 25 days earlier than varieties with similar flowering profiles (from assessments in PBA breeding trials which have generally been sown from Early May to late June). This suggests the existence of genotypic variation in sensitivity to environmental factors such as photoperiod and temperature. This variety along with AF11212 and PBA Zahra were the highest yielding varieties at Hart, which indicate, that the three varieties optimised yields under more favourable conditions in 2016. The two highest yielding advanced breeding lines, AF09169 and AF11212 produced the least amount of biomass compared with other varieties at Hart. Results from sowing date by variety trials over a number of seasons are highlighting differences between varieties in biomass production at the early sowing date and these associations with grain yield will be explored in our future trials. Compared to other commercial varieties, the newly released PBA Zahra is characterized by high biomass production and early canopy growth and it is more suited to favourable environments and seasons. The experimental determinate faba bean line AF13250 had low yields similar to Farah, which may be explained by susceptibility to disease (rust) and weather damage due to its determinate growth habit, where the inflorescence and pods are exposed at the top of the plants. Further field evaluation and breeding development will continue to gain a better understanding of the potential of the determinant trait in managing excessive canopy growth which is critical to optimise yields in faba beans.

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 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 Unknown

Tarlee 2016

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 10m x 1.75m
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial last modified: 26-06-2018 09:03am AEST