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Research organisaton

Trial details

Researcher(s) Charlton Jeisman (SARDI)
Michael Lines (SARDI)
Larn McMurray (SARDI)
Jeff Paull (University of Adelaide)
Contact email michael.lines@sa.gov.au
Contact phone 8842 6264
Year(s) 2012
Contributor MacKillop Farm Management Group
Trial location(s) Bool Lagoon, SA

To determine appropriate sowing dates and densities of new faba bean varieties in the South East of SA, and quantify effect of various crop-top timings on yield of commercial cultivars.

Key messages
  • Grain yields of beans were lower in 2012 in than previous seasons, averaging 3.6t/ha at Bool Lagoon.
  • All varieties showed higher yields sown early.
  • Later maturing varieties PBA Rana and PBA Kareema performed similarly to other varieties in this trial in 2012, despite the low season rainfall.
  • The three earlier maturing varieties (Farah, Fiord and Nura) showed increased yield from increasing plant density, while no yield response was seen in later maturing and larger seeded varieties (PBA Rana and PBA Kareema).
  • Fiord showed the most response from varying plant density across the three seasons of trials.
  • Crop-topping trials showed a 9% yield loss across all varieties from crop-topping at the milky dough stage of ryegrass in 2012 and caution is required with this practice in later maturing regions. No yield loss was generated from later treatments.
Lead research organisation N/A
Host research organisation N/A
Related program N/A

Trials and the survey were conducted by the SARDI New Variety Agronomy group at Struan.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Faba beans
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Timing
  • Sowing: Row spacing
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated

Bool Lagoon 2012

Sow date varied - see report
Harvest date Varied - see report
Plot size Not specified
Plot replication 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
Bool Lagoon, SA Not specified
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Bool Lagoon, SA 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 Bool Lagoon SA
2012 568.1mm
2011 599.8mm
2010 544.1mm
2009 458.5mm
2008 417.8mm
2007 449.8mm
2006 428.6mm
2005 451.4mm
2004 471.2mm
2003 475.4mm
2002 427.6mm
2001 553.8mm
2000 579.8mm
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.

Bool Lagoon SA

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: 23-11-2021 13:23pm AEST