Faba bean and broad bean
Faba bean (and broad bean) have traditionally been grown in the southern grains region of Australia however, this area has now expanded due to the recent release of varieties adapted to the northern grain region.
Faba beans and broad beans belong to the same genus but differ in their growth requirements, markets and end-uses. Choosing the right variety for the right paddock is central to incorporating faba (or broad) bean into a cropping rotation to improve profitability and productivity. The resources on this page will help to develop a crop management system suited to your farm and will assist in identifying and solving problems that may occur. Pulse Australia encourages growers to seek out an accredited pulse agronomist who is familiar with pulse production your district and to engage a Pulse Australia member to assist with marketing your grain.
Best management guide
- Southern region guide (from Dubbo, NSW south through Victoria and South Australia, and Western Australia)
- Northern region guide – Currently under construction (from Dubbo, NSW north through Queensland)
- GRDC Grow Note – Faba Bean – Southern region
- GRDC Grow Note – Faba Bean – Northern region
- Faba bean: Meeting high quality grain markets
- Irrigated faba bean marketing guide
The variety management packages (VMP) below provide information about each variety's yield performance, disease resistance and susceptibility, agronomic traits (such as lodging) and suitable target markets.
- Pulses: Inoculation
- Pulses: Wide rows and stubble retention
- Pulses: Residual herbicides and weed control
- Pulses: Minimising frost risk