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BCG trials - Delayed sowing of Pulses effects yield

  • By: "Prime" Ag News
  • Feb 03, 2018

Results from pulse trials conducted by Agriculture Victoria and Southern Pulse Agronomy research Jason Brand will be presented at the BCG Trials Review Day and released in in the 2017 BCG Season Research Results compendium.

Trials at Curyo and Ouyen included chickpeas, lentils, faba beans and field peas , and the addition of lupins at Ouyen. Time of sowing, variety and disease management were priority research areas.

Results show that delayed sowing resulted in a reduction in yield for all pulse crop types. In some instances crop types had a 28 percent reduction at Curyo resulting in an average reduction in gross margin of between $500/ha and $900/ha.

Lentil varieties trialled included commercial and research varieties, with yields less than 2016 results. In 2017, lentils at Ouyen ranged from 0.50 to 1.39t/ha and at Curyo from 1.47 to 2.80t/ha.

Faba bean yields at Curyo ranged from 2.6 to 3.1t/ha while at Ouyen yields ranged between 0 and 0.3t/ha.

Due to the relatively dry spring, disease management trials showed relatively low disease pressure despite trials being inoculated with infected stubble.

Early infection of black spot was worse in earlier sown field pea plots (10 May) compared with the later sown plots (31 May) at the Ouyen site.

As part of the disease management research, new fungicide combination of Prothioconazole + Bixafen in chickpeas was investigated. Results showed potential improvements in disease control for strategic management programs compared with chlorothalonil.

A full revelation of the results from these trials are compiled in the 2017 BCG Seasons Research Results compendium, with Jason Brand also presenting the results at the Trials Review Day on Friday 16 February. BCG Trials Review Day is to be held on 16 February at the Birchip Leisure Centre.

For more information about the BCG Trials Review Day visit the website,, or phone the office on 03 5492 2787.