Blog — Agronomy alert

Preserve chickpea value with effective grub control

September 07, 2015
Pulse Australia estimates that over half a million hectares have been sown to desi chickpea this year in the northern growing region of Queensland and northern NSW. This is the largest area sown to chickpea in the industry’s history in Australia, double the 5-year average, and brings with it some potential logistical difficulties.

Setting early chickpea pods

September 07, 2015
Warmer day temperatures and earlier plantings in some districts have initiated early flowering in many chickpea crops this season. A number of growers have been wondering why many of these flowers have dropped without setting pods and how to encourage pod set early in the season.

Lupin on the move in southern WA

September 07, 2015
For the past three seasons, lupin pricing has hovered around and beyond $300/t, following very disappointing financial returns from lupins in 2011.

Managing in-crop weeds in pulses

June 17, 2015
Some growers are facing a challenge to manage high density, herbicide resistant annual ryegrass populations in chickpea this year, potentially limiting yield.

Protecting chickpea crops from ascochyta blight

June 10, 2015
Many chickpea crops are now emerging and it is time to focus on the management of ascochyta blight. The susceptibility of the variety to disease and other risk factors will help determine the need for a prophylactic fungicide spray program.

Managing high quality chickpea crops

May 20, 2015
A combination of solid market indicators and good soil moisture levels in many grain growing districts in Queensland and northern NSW has prompted growers to seriously consider increasing the area planted to chickpeas this season.

Don’t sow field pea too early

May 13, 2015
Blackspot control in field peas is critical to avoid yield losses. Careful paddock selection to avoid a recent history of field pea is important to minimise the risk of blackspot spores from old stubbles reaching a newly emerged field pea crop.

Isolate new faba bean genetics

March 11, 2015
The best way to protect the excellent ascochyta blight resistance of the new faba bean variety, PBA Samira, is to ensure there is a 200 m buffer between faba bean crops.

Opportunities for albus lupin in 2015

March 10, 2015
This year many growers are choosing to include anthracnose resistant albus lupin in rotation on heavy soils. Currently, the solid prices offered for albus lupin and the lower production cost compared to canola makes an attractive combination.