Agronomic options to manage pod drop in Lentil

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Trial details

Researcher(s) Jade Lowe
Contact email
Contact phone 0409357076
Year(s) 2021
Contributor Southern Pulse Agronomy
Trial location(s) Nhill, VIC
Agronomic options to manage pod drop in Lentil locations

To understand the effects of stubble, row spacing and row direction on plant growth, grain yield and pod drop of lentil varieties differeing in architecture and tolerance to pod drop.

Key messages
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Lead research organisation Southern Pulse Agronomy
Host research organisation Agriculture Victoria
Trial funding source GRDC DJP2105-006RTX
Related program N/A
Acknowledgments N/A
Other trial partners Not specified


Crop type Grain Legume: Lentils
Treatment type(s)
  • Sowing: Row Spacing
Trial type Experimental
Trial design Replicated,Blocked

Nhill 2021

Sow rate or Target density 120
Sow date 5 May
Harvest date Not specified
Plot size 8m x 1.52m
Plot replication 3
Psuedoreplication Not specified
Plot randomisation Split Plot: Row Space in whole plots x Variety in sub plots; Row direction and Stubble separate blocks

80 kg/ha MAP 9.2, 20.2, 0, 2.7 + 2.5% Zn


Pre-sowing: trifluralin 480 @ 1000ml/ha + terbuthylazine 875 @ 860g/ha + glyphosate 450 @ 2000ml/ha; Post emergent: clethodim 240 @ 600ml/ha + haloxyfop 520 @ 50ml/ha (applied twice)


Mouse bait?

Seed treatment Imidacloprid @ 200 ml/100kg/seed
Inoculant Group E/F granular @ 5kg/ha
Tillage No-till, Narrow Point Tynes; Stubble 20cm tall North/South. Paddock on 19.1cm row space
Other trial notes

In more recent cropping seasons several high wind events around the harvest period of lentil across southern Australia resulted in significant losses due to pod drop across a range a varieties. In preliminary trials at Curyo in 2019, significant variation was noted, with PBA HallmarkXT showing the worst susceptibility of released varieties (CIPAL1821 was noted to be one of the worst breeding lines). It has also been suggested that row spacing and direction could have an impact on the response, due to the way the crop forms the canopy, and thus the movement that occurs at maturity during high wind events. These trials looked at combing agronomic and genetic responses to minimise yield losses from pod drop at harvest. (Sister trial at Curyo)

Observed trial site soil information
Trial site soil testing
Not specified
Soil conditions
Trial site Soil texture
Nhill, VIC Brown sandy loam over clay
Derived trial site soil information
Australian Soil Classification Source: ASRIS
Trial site Soil order
Nhill, VIC Sodosol
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.

Nhill VIC


Some data on this site is sourced from the Bureau of Meteorology

SILO weather estimates sourced from
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.

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Trial last modified: 17-08-2022 13:27pm AEST