Herbicide tolerance of lupin varieties - Wongan Hills


Research organisaton
Funding source

Trial details

Researcher(s) Dr Harmohinder Dhammu and Mark Seymour
Contact email harmohinder.dhammu@dpird.wa.gov.au
Contact phone 0403 156 942
Year(s) 2019
Contributor Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA
Trial location(s) Wongan Hills Research Station, WA
Herbicide tolerance of lupin varieties - Wongan Hills locations

To identify herbicide sensitivities of new lupin varieties with the view to reduce their yield losses due to herbicide damage. Mandelup was included as a standard variety for comparison in the trial.

Blue lupins are problematic in narrow leave lupin production, especially in the Northern Agriculture Region of WA Wheatbelt and no herbicide is registered for their control in this crop. There were earlier reports that blue lupins could be controlled/suppressed with triclopyr (e.g. Garlon®) safely applied at pod setting on main stem of narrow leave lupins (Quinlan and Fleay, 2016). Two timing of application of Garlon® at 30 mL/ha were included in the trial to determine their safety on new narrow leafed lupin varieties.

Key messages

All the lupin varieties tolerated the registered pre and post-emergent herbicides at the label rates and timings with good safety margin.

A new herbicide Ultro® 900 WG at 2.3 kg/ha applied before seeding was tolerated by all the lupin varieties.

For blue lupin control/suppression, Garlon® 600 (triclopyr) at 30 mL/ha applied at 8-leaf stage of narrow leafed lupins was tolerated well by all the varieties, whereas its application at pod setting on main stem of narrow leafed lupins caused statistically significant yield loss across all the lupin varieties (18-24%). Triclopyr use on narrow leafed lupins is not registered.

Note: Always follow label recommendations. The Department Primary Industries and Regional Development, does not endorse the use of herbicides above the registered rate or off-label use of herbicides or off-label tank mixes. Crop tolerance and yield responses to herbicides are strongly influenced by seasonal conditions.

Lead research organisation Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA
Host research organisation Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development WA
Trial funding source DPIRD WA
Related program N/A

Thanks to DPIRD for funding this research work, Dr Dion Bennett, AGT for providing seed of new lupin variety Coyote, Bruce Thorpe and Shari Dougall, Technical Officers, DPIRD Research Facility Wongan Hills, Pam Burgess, Technical Officer, DPIRD Esperance and David Nicholson, Technical Officer, DPIRD Northam for their excellent technical assistance.

Other trial partners Not specified
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Crop type Lupins
Treatment type(s)
  • Herbicide: Timing
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Randomised,Replicated

Wongan Hills Research Station 2019

Sow rate or Target density 45 plants/m2.
Sowing machinery

Coneseeder fitted with coulters, knife points and press-wheels and 4- 5 cm deep. The trial was sown at around 3.5 to 4 km/hr speed.

Sow date 13 June 2019
Harvest date 25 November 2019
Plot size 8m x 1.1m
Plot replication 3
Plot randomisation Yes
Seed treatment Rovral® 100 mL and Thiraflo® 600 170 mL/100 kg seed.
Inoculant Alosca group GS granular 10 kg/ha
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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
Wongan Hills Research Station, WA Loamy sand
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Wongan Hills Research Station, WA Anthroposol
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 Wongan Hills Research Station WA
2019 133.6mm
2018 175.2mm
2017 153.7mm
2016 167.0mm
2015 142.0mm
2014 93.1mm
2013 157.1mm
2012 145.5mm
2011 109.5mm
2010 111.0mm
2009 145.8mm
2008 147.2mm
2007 116.3mm
2006 116.2mm
2005 78.2mm
2004 100.1mm
2003 118.2mm
2002 58.9mm
2001 76.1mm
2000 193.7mm
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



Wongan Hills Research Station WA 2019

Observed climate information

Rainfall trial gsr (mm) 229mm

Derived climate information

Wongan Hills Research Station WA


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: 09-11-2020 18:45pm AEST