Faba bean sowing time and plant density, HRZ Western District (Lake Bolac), Victoria

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Brand (SFS)
Abby Griffin (Ag Vic)
Claudia Higgins (SFS)
Gina Kreeck (SFS)
James Manson (SFS)
Year(s) 2018
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Lake Bolac, VIC
Faba bean sowing time and plant density, HRZ Western District (Lake Bolac), Victoria locations

To test the adaptability of faba beans to changes in sowing date and plant density in the Victorian high rainfall zone (HRZ). 

Key messages
  • Sowing early (April 26) produced the highest grain yields in 2018.
  • In a drier than average year there was a yield benefit from very high sowing rates on narrow row spacings, with significant gains from 21 to 31 plants/m2, and from 31 to 45 plants/m2.
  • 2018 was a low disease year and there was no disease penalty from higher sowing rates. Yield benefits from higher plant densities should be weighed against higher disease risks in wetter years. 
Lead research organisation Agriculture Victoria
Host research organisation Southern Farming Systems
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 Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Lake Bolac 2018

Sow rate or Target density Target plant populations: 15, 25, 35 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

On 20cm row spacing

Sow date 26 April, 17 May
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

60 ka/ha (MAP)

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Trial last modified: 22-10-2020 19:00pm AEST