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The Risks And Rewards Of Growing Pulse Crops In The Low Rainfall Mallee Cropping Region
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 home messages from the paper include:
- Season has the greatest impact on productivity with yields almost four times greater in a high rainfall year (decile 8-10), than in a low rainfall season (decile 2-4).
- The highest, and least variable grain yields were achieved on sandy loam – loam soil types, with up to 60% lower productivity, and high yield variability obtained on both heavy and sandy soils.
- Monte Carlo simulation using @Risk showed that lentils had both the greatest profit potential and lowest financial risk of all pulse crops over the long term.
- Chickpea and field pea are expected to have a negative gross margin in more than 30% of years but a high gross margin (>$500/ha) is expected in nearly one in five seasons.