Farm Table says:
The take home messages from this GRDC funded research are below. Please access the full paper via the link below for methodology, references, acknowledgements and discussion.
Take key messages from the paper include:
- Dry conditions severely limited grain yield for both chickpea and lentil in 2019.
- Results from 2018 and 2019 indicate that sowing around the mid-May period gave the varieties tested the best opportunity to avoid abiotic stresses and allows efficient conversion of biomass to grain yield. Earlier sowing resulted in greater biomass production, but less grain yield.
- Diversity in phenology was observed in both species. This presents opportunities for growers to exploit variety phenology to select varieties best suited to their sowing program and to optimise production.
- Higher yielding chickpea varieties were the desi varieties; PBA Striker, PBA Slasher, PBA Boundary and CICA1521 at both sites.
- Highest yielding lentil varieties were PBA Ace, PBA Bolt and PBA Hurricane XT at Wagga Wagga, and PBA Hallmark XT and PBA Bolt at Leeton. Nipper demonstrated broad adaptation at Wagga Wagga.