Chickpeas: weed competition by variety trial


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Michael Lines, Larn McMurray, Mark Bennie, John Nairn and Rowan Steele (SARDI)
Year(s) 2008
Contributor Hart Field Site Group
Trial location(s) Site 5, Hart, SA
Chickpeas: weed competition by variety trial locations

To look for chickpea plant types which are more competitive with ryegrass.

Key messages
  • As in 2007, dry seasonal conditions did not favor chickpea production in 2008 and consequently early maturity and low grain yields were observed.
  • Ryegrass competition of 33 plants/m2 at maturity reduced grain yields of chickpeas by 48%, and 120 plants/m2 reduced grain yields by 82%.
  • Genesis079 was the highest yielding variety and is well adapted to short season environments.
  • These results confirm previous findings showing chickpeas as a poor competitor, and the unsuitability of control measures such as weed-wiping and crop-topping.
Lead research organisation Hart Field Site Group
Host research organisation N/A
Trial funding source GRDC
Related program N/A

Thanks to GRDC for kindly funding this research.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Chickpeas
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Hart 2008

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
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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
Trial site Soil order
Site 5, Hart, SA Chromosol
National soil grid Source
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.

Site 5, Hart 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: 05-06-2019 13:06pm AEST