Field pea forage production, Yorke Peninsula (Arthurton) and Mid North (Pinery), South Australia

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Research organisatons
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Brand (DPIVic)
Year(s) 2012
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Arthurton, SA
Pinery, SA
Field pea forage production, Yorke Peninsula (Arthurton) and Mid North (Pinery), South Australia locations
  • To compare grain yield and biomass potential of current and potential field pea varieties.
Key messages
  • The optimum hay cut timing for both maximum biomass production and ease of drying (i.e. before pod set) is likely to be approximately 7-14 days after commencement of flowering.
  • Varieties with later flowering and pod set are likely to be better suited to hay production as this allows maximum vegetative growth prior to cutting, and extends hay cut timing into more favourable (warmer and quicker) drying conditions.
Lead research organisation Department of Primary Industries VIC
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00113
Trial funding source DPIVic
Trial funding source SARDI
Trial funding source DPI NSW
Related program Southern Pulse Agronomy
  • Research staff: Jason Brand, Luke Gaynor, Mick Lines, Larn McMurray, Eric Armstrong, Jenny Davidson, Andrew Ware, Trent Potter, Jason Ellifson, Jennifer Briggs, Keisha Savage, Russel Argall, Ashley Purdue, 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
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Crop type Field peas
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop
  • Variety
  • Variety: Type
Trial type
Trial design

Arthurton 2012

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

Pinery 2012

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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Trial source data and summary not available
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Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Arthurton, SA Not specified
Pinery, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Arthurton, SA Sodosol
Pinery, 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 Arthurton SA Pinery SA
2012 482.2mm167.7mm
2011 490.7mm230.5mm
2010 453.9mm195.2mm
2009 404.2mm128.7mm
2008 418.0mm113.2mm
2007 446.6mm174.7mm
2006 446.1mm185.4mm
2005 441.7mm181.1mm
2004 446.5mm172.0mm
2003 463.1mm214.5mm
2002 432.2mm204.6mm
2001 476.5mm230.9mm
2000 467.0mm262.1mm
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



Derived climate information

No observed climate data available for this trial.
Derived climate data is determined from trial site location and national weather sources.

Arthurton SA

Pinery SA

Arthurton SA


Pinery SA


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

SILO weather estimates sourced from
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: 28-08-2019 14:06pm AEST