Sowing density X sowing date, MRZ Mid North (Pinery) and MRZ Yorke Peninsula (Melton), South Australia

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Research organisatons
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Brand (DEDJTRVic)
Year(s) 2014
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Melton, SA
Pinery, SA
Sowing density X sowing date, MRZ Mid North (Pinery) and MRZ Yorke Peninsula (Melton), South Australia locations
  • To evaluate the optimum sowing density of new ‘high biomass’ lentil varieties alongside older varieties at two sowing dates.
Key messages
  • The recommended sowing density targeting 120 live plants/m2 maintained high yields for all varieties at both sowing timings across the two sites.
  • Lower sowing densities of 100 plants/m2 may be considered for Boomer at Pinery where yields were found to decline as plant density increased.
Lead research organisation Department of Economic Development, Jobs, Transport and Resources VIC
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00113
Trial funding source DEPIVic
Trial funding source SARDI
Trial funding source DPI NSW
Related program Southern Pulse Agronomy
  • Technical support: Jason Ellifson, Keisha Savage, Russel Argall, Stuart Sherriff, Peter Maynard, John Nairn, Leigh Davis.
  • Industry Collaborators: Matt Rodda and Peter Kennedy, Pulse Breeding Australia, DEDJTR Horsham Victoria; Kristy Hobson, Pulse Breeding Australia, DPI – Tamworth NSW; Jeff Paull, Pulse Breeding Australia, University of Adelaide South Australia; Mary Raynes, 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 Lentils
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety: Type
Trial type
Trial design

Melton 2014

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

Pinery 2014

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
Melton, SA Not specified
Pinery, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Melton, SA Calcarosol
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 Melton SA Pinery SA
2014 527.7mm171.4mm
2013 528.8mm147.8mm
2012 530.2mm167.7mm
2011 551.2mm230.5mm
2010 537.4mm195.2mm
2009 468.7mm128.7mm
2008 473.8mm113.2mm
2007 520.2mm174.7mm
2006 529.9mm185.4mm
2005 519.2mm181.1mm
2004 483.4mm172.0mm
2003 538.0mm214.5mm
2002 509.9mm204.6mm
2001 554.2mm230.9mm
2000 535.2mm262.1mm
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.

Melton SA

Pinery SA

Melton 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 14:24pm AEST