Chickpea, sowing time MRZ Wimmera (Horsham), Victoria

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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
Chickpea, sowing time MRZ Wimmera (Horsham), Victoria locations

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

Key messages
  •  In contrast to long term trial results, the chickpea varieties and breeding lines did not have yield benefits from earlier sowing in 2018.  Several frost events during the flowering and podding phase caused significant flower and pod abortion, particularly in the earlier sown treatments which were further advanced in the reproductive phase. However, it is worth noting that grain yields were impacted by dry seasonal conditions and mice damage earlier in the season and hence, results should be interpreted with caution.
  • All varieties and breeding lines had significant ascochyta blight (AB) infection in the early sown and irrigated treatment. Among the varieties and breeding lines, CICA1454 and CICA1352 showed significantly less AB symptoms than others, while PBA Striker and ‘C2’ had the most severe symptoms.  
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 Chickpeas
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Horsham 2018

Sow rate or Target density 35 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

on 36 cm row spacing

Sow date April 20 ‘D’, April 20 ‘I’, May 04, May 18, June 01, where ‘D’ i
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 last modified: 22-08-2019 10:00am AEST