A Bonzer Pea

Grain legume breeder Dr JanBert Brouwer (right) assesses standability and stem strength for ease of harvest in pea breeders' lines, in collaboration with Dr Eric Armstrong, Research Agronomist with NSW Agriculture at Wagga Wagga. These plots are at the Victorian Institute of Dryland Agriculture, Horsham.

Bonzer, a white-seeded pea destined for the premium yellow split-pea market became available in commercial quantities in 1992. It is superior to Dinkum, with consistently larger grain and greater yield stability across a range of environments.

Another cultivar, Bluey, a blue pea of premium quality which is also aimed at the premium human food market, was also released for commercial production in 1992.

Pigeon pea in northern NSW

Recent results confirm that yields of pigeon pea on alkaline black earth soils can be depressed by lack of iron and nitrogen. Nodulation and nitrogen fixation were insufficient to meet the nitrogen requirements of the crop, and iron fertiliser increased yields, provided that additional nitrogen fertiliser was also supplied.

Chickpea resistance to phytophthora root rot

A glasshouse screening .test has been developed. It is sensitive enough to detect quite small differences in resistance. Crossbreds with superior resistance have been found and will be tested further with the technique.

Chickpea line better than

A promising crossbred has out-yielded Barwon by 10 per cent on the Darling Downs. Seed multiplication has started in anticipation of a release in 1994.