Faba bean agronomy and canopy management

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Research organisatons
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Christine Walela (SARDI) , Jeff Paul (UoA), Amanda Pearce, Andrew Ware (SARDI), Jason Brand (DEDJTR), Larn McMurray (SARDI)
Year(s) 2016
Contributor Hart Field Site Group
Trial location(s) Site 5, Hart, SA
Faba bean agronomy and canopy management locations

To improve the understanding of optimum sowing time by variety to help maximise yields in different environments. 

Key messages
  • Grain yields were increased by sowing early (mid-April to early-May) over later sowing (end of May) under the favourable growing seasons experienced at Hart in 2016, in contrast to similar climatic seasons in higher rainfall areas of SA such as Tarlee.
  • Varieties with agronomic characteristics of early flowering and high biomass production optimised yields.
  • There was no change in grain yields from application of plant growth regulators (PGRs) on early sown faba beans.
  • Agronomic traits related to improved harvestability were observed from some PGRs, however further field testing will be required to better understand the best application timings and quantify benefits.
Lead research organisation South Australian Research and Development Institute
Host research organisation Hart Field Site Group
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00150
Related program N/A

Funding for this work was provided through GRDC project DAV00150 (Southern Pulse Agronomy) and their support is greatly appreciated. We also acknowledge the support of research colleagues from the SARDI teams at Clare. Much gratitude also goes to Hart field site management for hosting the trials over the years.

Other trial partners DEDJTR Victoria and the University of Adelaide
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Crop type Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Hart 2016

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial results Table 1

@T1: (14-04-2016) @T2: (07-05-2016) @T3: (26-05-2016)
# Variety
Grain yield (t/ha) Grain yield (t/ha) Grain yield (t/ha)
1 AF09167 4.28 3.29 2.51
1 AF09167 3.58 3.11 3.07
1 AF09167 3.38 2.38 2.53
2 AF09169 4.72 2.89 3.19
2 AF09169 5.31 2.48 2.75
2 AF09169 3.91 3.69 3.04
3 AF11212 4.97 3.64 2.65
3 AF11212 4.03 4.93 3.69
3 AF11212 5.14 4.63 3.05
4 AF13250
4 AF13250
4 AF13250
5 Farah
5 Farah
5 Farah
6 Nura
6 Nura
6 Nura
7 PBA Rana
7 PBA Rana
7 PBA Rana
8 PBA Samira
8 PBA Samira
8 PBA Samira
9 PBA Zahra
9 PBA Zahra
9 PBA Zahra

Grain yield t/ha

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Site 5, Hart, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Site 5, Hart, SA Chromosol
Soil Moisture Source: BOM/ANU
Average amount of water stored in the soil profile during the year, estimated by the OzWALD model-data fusion system.
Year Site 5, Hart SA
2016 659.9mm
2015 597.6mm
2014 638.6mm
2013 622.8mm
2012 654.6mm
2011 683.8mm
2010 686.7mm
2009 669.9mm
2008 633.9mm
2007 649.9mm
2006 651.2mm
2005 675.4mm
2004 633.0mm
2003 652.2mm
2002 649.4mm
2001 674.5mm
2000 625.6mm
National soil grid Source: CSIRO/TERN
NOTE: National Soil Grid data is aggregated information for background information on the wider area
Actual soil values can vary significantly in a small area and the trial soil tests are the most relevant data where available

Soil properties



Site 5, Hart SA 2016

Observed climate information

Rainfall avg gsr (mm) 449mm

Derived climate information

Site 5, Hart SA


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from https://www.longpaddock.qld.gov.au/silo/
Jeffrey, S.J., Carter, J.O., Moodie, K.B. and Beswick, A.R. (2001). Using spatial interpolation to construct a comprehensive archive of Australian climate data , Environmental Modelling and Software, Vol 16/4, pp 309-330. DOI: 10.1016/S1364-8152(01)00008-1.

Trial last modified: 11-06-2019 13:39pm AEST