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Australia Chickpea planting best for most
There will be a number of factors to consider when fine tuning the chickpea planting decisions this year including price, rotations, paddocks to be planted and risk. The following story I believe sums it up best for many, particularly grain growers in the western and northern districts. A farmer was deliberating with an agronomist friend of mine recently whether to plant chickpeas or not as the price was now somewhat lower than he had become accustomed. The agronomists answer was three fold, first was he prepared to give up the extra tonne of wheat that resulted from having chickpeas in the system and secondly rather than just look at price do a gross margin as his chickpea yields were now significantly higher than a few years ago and finally all commodity prices were down due to the strong A$. This is all very correct if the risk of disease is low and the yield potential in the paddocks to be planted is not impeded by inadequate stored moisture, sodicity or salinity. The new joint Queensland DPI, NSW Agriculture and Pulse Australia publication Chickpea 2004 helps us all to honestly assess the ascochyta risk. It is interesting to note that despite all the attention to the ascochyta threat last year less than one third of the regions chickpea crop was actually threatened. Most threatened crops were successful and there were some casualties as we all know. If the ascochyta risk is high it will be best for most not to plant and that is our recommendation. If the risk is medium but the yield potential restricted due to soil constraints then again the decision may be to not plant. This is particularly if the risk assessment is wrong and ascochyta becomes a problem and therefore an added expense. We should also not forget that last year was one that favoured ascochyta but not yield. Normally if the season is wet and favours disease there is also a yield benefit to more than counter the disease control costs. With an honest assessment of the paddocks to be planted and following the management strategy that is now well proven chickpeas should still be part of the farming system for most. The benefits will be both in returns, spreading of risk and significant rotational benefits. To summarise I believe we will see a reduction in chickpea area on the Darling Downs, east of the Newell highway in northern NSW and in central NSW. Conversely the area in the western areas of Queensland and NSW and Central Queensland will remain relatively stable overall with some increases and decreases from district to district. Ensure you get your copy of Chickpea 2004 and the services of a trained chickpea agronomist and all the best for the coming season.
MGR Archive 21.3.2004
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