Jason Brand, Tim Nigussie, Josh Fanning, Mitch Fromm, Abby Griffin, Michael Moodie. (Southern Pulse Agronomy/Agriculture Victoria/Moodie Agronomy)
- Frost and dry conditions in 2018 severely impacted trials and all results need to be treated with caution. Grain yields at both Curyo and Ouyen were all less than 1 t/ha, except some chickpea varieties and breeding lines at Ouyen.
- Unlike previous seasons delayed sowing resulted in significant grain yield gains in lentils and chickpeas at Ouyen, primarily due to the extremely frosty conditions during the reproductive phase. Economically, lentils would have made a loss at the yields achieved in the trials in 2018. Growing chickpeas would have been highly profitable (estimated returns of $200 – $500/ha) at most sowing dates.
- When choosing new varieties or changing agronomic treatments it is important to look at long term information rather than individual seasons. Varieties like PBA Jumbo2 and PBA Bolt lentils have performed well across a range of seasons, indicating yield stability. PBA Ace may also provide opportunities for some growers. Potential new breeding lines like CIPAL1504, which have performed well across a range of seasons, have potential to further improve grain yields and grain yield stability in the Mallee.