Exciting new desi chickpea
PBA Drummond’s looking good
THERE is another variety of desi chickpea to plant in the future and it has really enthused a number of farmers across Central Queensland for next season’s planting program.
It has been named PBA Drummond after the Drummond range and this gives the variety some identity into the expected main future growing region.
For the purists on the chickpea naming history, there was also a first-class Australian cricketer with the name Drummond.
So finally we have a desi chickpea variety specifically bred for Central Queensland, and this includes the Callide/Dawson area.
So what are the main characteristics and what can you expect?
With the many side-by-side trials through the years and a couple of commercial seed blocks this year, it is yielding significantly more than current popular CQ regional varieties.
Makes sense, as there’s no point releasing a variety without positives over current varieties.
Harvestability is always a talking point, with wide header fronts and the many work-over banks in the farming areas, and so these erectness scores and height to lowest pods are important to farmers and header contractors, and so it is with the tall and erect plant like Drummond.
Having parents like PBA Pistol and PBA HatTrick can give some idea as to where this new variety of PBA Drummond may fit into your future chickpea program.
Maturity is always a tricky subject and with our winters up and down in day degrees accumulated, farmers and agros can struggle with
adjusting their time of sowing to dodge these damn late frost events occurring in August or even September.
Drummond has an early to mid-maturity and I guess you could line it up with Kyabra, Seamer and also Moti as an added bonus.
Very easily one of the most challenging aspects of growing chickpeas anywhere is your planting date, so consider your more frost-prone paddocks and topography aspects for your planting date.
It is no fun counting pods and seeds formed after a frost event to determine a grain yield and a plan as to whether you should mow the chickpea crop for hay sales.
Not that Drummond is rated as the most frost-prone variety we have, and in fact it does rate fairly well in the frost score compared to others.
Let me say again, chickpeas are still never going to be impervious to frosts.
What about disease ratings? And the news is good here for those Kyabra and
Pistol enthusiasts, as they can now have some ascochyta-resistance levels in this new variety Drummond.
It is going to come out with a susceptible rating, however that is much improved over the very susceptible rating of Pistol and Kyabra.
Vigilance and fungicide protection sprays will still be needed in those wetter years like 2016 and this fungicide statement includes the disease botrytis grey mould.
As with any new variety, it will take you a couple of
different seasons to get agronomically familiar with this new variety of Drummond in your area, as it has done with PBA Seamer in the past couple of very tough years.
So a new variety for CQ and Callide Dawson areas specifically, and it will be interesting in future years to see it progress.
In the meantime, the Pulse Breeding Australia team led by Kristy Hobson and Merrill Ryan have other exciting new varieties in the pipeline for our northern Australia region.
OUT AND ABOUT: Macca at the PBA Drummond official launch at Emerald last week.