2019 Kyabra chickpea on self-mulching clay – Monto
Grower: Matthew Pattie
Locality of crop: Monto
Farming system: 100% dryland cropping. Growing sorghum, chickpea, mungbean, wheat and oats. Have had success with mungbeans following a winter cereal, and chickpea after a long fallow in the last 6–7 years. This year is the first trial of double cropping chickpea after sorghum. Double cropping with pulses have been ‘business-saving’ for the Pattie family after moving out of pig production in 2007.
Monitored area: 30 ha of chickpeas sown on brigalow belah self-mulching soils
- Sorghum harvested 24/3/19.
- Soil moisture profile filled with 173 mm rain falling between early March and the end of April.
- One fallow spray to kill ratoon sorghum and the few weeds present 2 weeks prior to planting.
Planting: Chickpeas sown between rows of standing sorghum stubble.
- Kyabra variety chickpea sown into standing sorghum stubble on 4 June. The Patties like this variety because it has good plant height for harvest and yields well historically.
- Crop was sown using a tyne opener. Crop planted 30” apart between old sorghum rows on a 6 m CTF system to reduce compaction and increase efficiency.
- Sown at 50 kg/ha, 100 mm deep into good moisture, 5 weeks after the last rainfall event.
- Inoculant was applied as a peat slurry to seed through the auger when loading the seeder.
- No other seed treatments or fertiliser was applied.
- Pre-emergent chemical applied after planting to ensure broadleaf weeds are kept out of crop.
- Chickpeas fully emerged 10 days after planting
Chickpea seed sown into good soil moisture at 100 mm depth, 5 weeks after last rain.
- Crop emergence has been good. One crop row affected by damaged air seeder line wont effect crop yield.
- There has been no significant rainfall since April 25, only small falls of less than 5 mm.
- Crop looks thrifty and is progressing well.
- There are no weeds in crop at all and no insect issues.
Chickpea growing well on stored soil moisture.
- Just 2 mm of rain fell in the last week.
- Crop unchanged – no weeds have emerged and crop not under any threat of insect or other pests.
Cop progress steady Management notes:
- No effective rain now since April 25.
- Frosty mornings with cool sunny days this week.
- No weed or insect pressure.
- Crop is doing well on good subsoil moisture.