Faba bean and broad bean

Faba bean (and broad bean) have traditionally been grown in the southern grains region of Australia however, this area has now expanded due to the recent release of varieties adapted to the northern grain region.

Faba beans and broad beans belong to the same genus but differ in their growth requirements, markets and end-uses. Choosing the right variety for the right paddock is central to incorporating faba (or broad) bean into a cropping rotation to improve profitability and productivity. The resources on this page will help to develop a crop management system suited to your farm and will assist in identifying and solving problems that may occur. Pulse Australia encourages growers to seek out an accredited pulse agronomist who is familiar with pulse production your district and to engage a Pulse Australia member to assist with marketing your grain.

Best management guide

Variety selection

The variety management packages (VMP) below provide information about each variety's yield performance, disease resistance and susceptibility, agronomic traits (such as lodging) and suitable target markets.

Southern region

Northern region


Planting guides

Weed management

Disease management

Pest management

Desiccation, harvest and storage

Marketing and standards