Lentil, sowing time, LRZ Central Mallee (Ouyen), Victoria

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Research organisatons
Funding sources

Trial details

Researcher(s) Jason Brand (Ag Vic)
Abby Griffin (Ag Vic)
Michael Moodie (Frontier Farming Systems)
Tibebu Nigussie (Ag Vic)
Year(s) 2018
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Ouyen, VIC
Lentil, sowing time, LRZ Central Mallee (Ouyen), 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. Hence, results of these trials should be interpreted with caution.
  • 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 in low rainfall environment for lentil, which generally indicate significant benefits from earlier sowing.
  • The mid/late maturing breeding lines CIPAL1504 and CIPAL1522 have consistently performed well in the Mallee across multiple seasons, highlighting the yield potential of advanced lines coming through the breeding program.
Lead research organisation Agriculture Victoria
Host research organisation Frontier 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 Lentils
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Variety: Type
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated,Blocked

Ouyen 2018

Sow rate or Target density 120 plants/m2
Sowing machinery

On 28cm row spacing

Sow date April 12 ‘D’, April 12 ‘I`, April 26 ‘I’, May 10 ‘I’, May
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication Not specified

60 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
Ouyen, VIC Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Ouyen, VIC 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 Ouyen VIC
2018 188.4mm
2017 230.1mm
2016 178.3mm
2015 163.1mm
2014 187.3mm
2013 182.3mm
2012 236.0mm
2011 341.3mm
2010 246.8mm
2009 189.3mm
2008 176.3mm
2007 193.5mm
2006 156.2mm
2005 189.1mm
2004 160.3mm
2003 176.2mm
2002 168.9mm
2001 242.3mm
2000 256.0mm
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.

Ouyen VIC

NOTE: Exact trial site locality unknown - Climate data may not be accurate

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: 27-08-2019 11:42am AEST