Lentil, sowing time, MRZ Wimmera (Horsham), Victoria

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Research organisatons
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Brand (Ag Vic)
Abby Griffin (Ag Vic)
Tibebu Nigussie (Ag Vic)
Year(s) 2018
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Horsham, VIC
Lentil, sowing time, MRZ Wimmera (Horsham), Victoria locations

To investigate the adaptability of a range of lentil varieties and breeding lines to varying sowing dates. 

Key messages
  • Grain yields of varieties and breeding lines were very low due to dry seasonal conditions and extreme temperature events (heat and frost) during the growing season. Hence, results of this trial should be interpreted with caution. Long-term data and additional information should be considered when making varietal or agronomic decisions.
  • Several frosts during the flowering and podding phase significantly impacted grain yields, particularly the earlier sown treatments which were further advanced in the reproductive phase and unable to recover. As a result, the trends observed in 2018 are completely opposite to long term trial results for lentil, which generally indicate significant benefits from earlier sowing.
  • The mid/late maturing lines CIPAL1504 and CIPAL1522 have consistently performed well across multiple seasons, highlighting the yield potential of advanced lines coming through the breeding program. 
Lead research organisation Agriculture Victoria
Host research organisation Agriculture Victoria
Trial funding source GRDC DAV00150
Trial funding source AgVic
Trial funding source SARDI
Related program Southern Pulse Agronomy

Please see the 'Introduction and Acknowledgments' document, under the 'Trial report and attachments' tab. 

Other trial partners South Australian Research and Development Institute, Birchip Cropping Group, Frontier Farming Systems and Southern Farming Systems
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Crop type Lentils
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Horsham 2018

Sow rate or Target density 120 plants/m2
Sow date April 20 ‘D’ (dry sown), April 20 ‘I’ irrigated with 10mm), May 04, May 18,
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

80 kg/ha (MAP (9.2, 20.2, 0, 2.7) + Zn (2.5))

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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
Horsham, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Horsham, VIC Vertosol
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 Horsham VIC
2018 842.4mm
2017 856.5mm
2016 852.2mm
2015 844.6mm
2014 838.6mm
2013 843.8mm
2012 851.0mm
2011 856.7mm
2010 858.7mm
2009 850.1mm
2008 850.5mm
2007 851.7mm
2006 840.3mm
2005 852.1mm
2004 833.5mm
2003 795.2mm
2002 733.4mm
2001 712.5mm
2000 665.7mm
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.

Horsham VIC


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

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.

Trial last modified: 22-08-2019 10:03am AEST