To determine optimum sowing dates and sowing densities for maximising yield of new faba bean varieties in high rainfall areas of SA .
Faba bean yields at Bool Lagoon were again high in 2011 despite below average growing
season rainfall, being buoyed by high summer rainfall and minimal disease.
Varieties performed similarly at Bool Lagoon in 2011, and plant density generally had a greater influence on yield than variety choice.
There was a general yield response to increasing sowing density from 16 to 32 plants/m2 in
2011, particularly at the later sowing date, however previous research has shown a link to
increased disease pressure which may negate any potential yield advantage from this higher seeding rate. The recommended seeding rate for beans (24 plants/m2) performed similarly to the high seeding density for all varieties
Lead research organisation
Department of Primary Industries VIC
Host research organisation
Trial funding source
Trial funding source
Trial funding source
Trial funding source
Southern Pulse Agronomy
Research staff: Jason Brand, Luke Gaynor, Mick Lines, Larn McMurray, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware, Trent Potter, Jason Ellifson, Jennifer Briggs, Justine Ellis, Russel Argall, Gerard O’Connor, Stuart Sherriff, Peter Maynard, John Nairn, Leigh Davis.
Industry Collaborators: Michael Materne and Tony Leonforte, Pulse Breeding Australia, DPI – Horsham Victoria; Kristy Hobson, Pulse Breeding Australia, DPI – Tamworth NSW; Jeff Paull, Pulse Breeding Australia, University of Adelaide South Australia; Wayne Hawthorne and Trevor Bray, Pulse Australia.
We are grateful for the support we receive from the numerous commercial agronomists and seed commercialising companies.
Other trial partners
Pulse Breeding Australia, The University of Adelaide, Pulse Australia
Trial source data and summary not available Check the trial report PDF for trial results.
Derived climate information
No observed climate data available for this trial. Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.
NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate
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.
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