Adaptive peas for low rainfall environments


Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Mark Bennie (DPI Vic)
Leigh Davis (SARDI)
Alison Frischke (SARDI)
Tony Leonforte (DPI Vic)
Larn McMurray (SARDI)
Cathy Paterson (SARDI)
Willie Shoobridge (DPI Vic)
Year(s) 2009
Contributor South Australian Research and Development Institute
Trial location(s) Minnipa, SA
Adaptive peas for low rainfall environments locations

To evaluate field pea breeding lines ranging in their glass house tolerance to boron and salinity, for their ability to perform under high field soil boron levels. The same lines were also evaluated in the same paddock at Minnipa but on a contrasting site where lower boron levels were identified.

Key messages
  • Variation for boron and salt tolerance in field pea germplasm was not associated with grain yield differences at Minnipa as a likely consequence of very low rainfall in 2008 and very high rainfall and Blackspot disease in 2009.
  • Under favourable growing conditions the late flowering advanced PBA field pea line, 94-425*2b produced very high dry matter yields at the flat pod stage compared to other lines evaluated.
  • Advanced field pea lines with a combination of higher dry matter and grain yield production were identified and potentially offer a dual purpose (grain and hay/silage/green manuring) option for growers in low rainfall environments and a way of managing some of the risk of production.
  • Findings require further validation across years and environments.
Lead research organisation South Australian Research and Development Institute
Host research organisation N/A
Related program Eyre Peninsula Farming Systems

Thanks to Wade Shepperd and Cilla King for their technical assistance during the year with sampling the trial and processing grain samples.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Grain Legume: Field peas
Treatment type(s)
  • Crop: Variety
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Minnipa 2009

Sow date Not specified
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified
Psuedoreplication 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
Minnipa, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Minnipa, SA Calcarosol
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 Minnipa SA
2009 391.3mm
2008 330.4mm
2007 331.2mm
2006 334.5mm
2005 288.0mm
2004 296.1mm
2003 293.2mm
2002 283.3mm
2001 343.9mm
2000 389.0mm
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.

Minnipa 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 report and links

2009 trial report

Trial last modified: 09-10-2019 11:45am AEST