2019 HatTrick chickpea at Byee

Posted in PulseCheck–Coastal on Aug 22, 2019

Chickpea following cotton at Byee

Grower: Brett Enklemann

Location: Byee, Inland Burnett

Monitored area: 54 ha dryland chickpea on heavy black/grey soil

Crop rotation: Brett grows pulses in rotation on his farms at Byee, near Murgon. The history of the monitored paddock is popcorn, chickpeas, cotton, winter fallow, cotton and now chickpeas.


Management notes:

  • Before sowing the chickpeas into previous cotton ground, a mixture of pre-emergent and knock-down herbicides was applied.
  • PBA HatTrick chickpea variety was sown at 320,000 seeds/ha on 29 June, 2019.
  • Chickpeas planted 5 cm deep and 15 cm either side of the 1 m cotton row configurations.
  • HatTrick is the best variety for optimal results in the area.
  • Inoculation was done using water injected peat inoculant, NoduleN for chickpea (Group N).
  • 7.5 t/ha manure was applied prior to planting.

Week 2

  • The seedlings have started to emerge out of the ground and are looking healthy.

Week 3

Week 4

Management notes:

  • The plants are growing well.
  • Soil moisture is minimal near the surface.
  • No pest or disease concerns at this stage.

Week 5

Management notes:

  • Crop continuing to grow well.
  • Some plants older leaves appear yellowish and brown, this could be caused by frost and dry weather. This damaged shouldn't affect the plants' overall growth.
  • The ground is starting to crack open due to minimal moisture and no rain since planting.
  • Nodules on the root/base of the plant are present indicating a healthy and well inoculated plant.

Healthy nodules of active rhizobia fixing nitrogen from the atmosphere for the chickpea plant to use.

Week 6

Management notes:

  • A rainfall event occurred at the end of last week, however it was very minimal and not enough to make a difference to the soil moisture profile.
  • The chickpea plants are growing well and have grown beyond the frost damage.
  • No pest or disease concerns at this stage.

The crop is growing through earlier frost damage.

Week 7

Management notes:

  • The plants continue to grow well and the canopy has closed over the rows.
  • There is colour variation on the leaves, indicting moisture stress and in response to the recent cold change.
  • Some leaf damage was observed from grubs nibbling, however the impact on the plant is minimal at this stage.

Leaf damage indicating moisture stress and cold temperatures.

Week 8

Management notes:

  • The plants are continuing to grow despite no soil moisture available.
  • A few dead plants present across the paddock.
  • The crop is around 25 cm high.

Some plants are showing signs of moisture stress.

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