Conclusions about the geographic and climatic limitations to the economic production of some pulse species in Western Australia cannot be too definite after only two years of gathering data. The yield results confirm the superior adaptation of field pea and narrow-leaf lupin over the faba bean, chickpea, narbonne bean and lentil. In 1987, a relationship was found within specific crop cultivars / accessions, between seed yield and the spring (September + October) rainfall. It is expected that soil type will influence the yield response through variations in moisture retention capacity, fertility and root penetration. Any relationship between yield and environmental factors will probably also have to include a crop factor such as level of disease perhaps as a function of rainfall.
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Western Australia, Farming Systems
Walton, G H. (1989), Evalution of grain legumes for wheatbelt rotations in Western Australia 1986 -1987. Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, Perth. Report 19.
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