Lupin logic

A guide to how lupins grow and develop has been published as a 112-page full-colour book for Australia's grains industry.

The Lupin Development Guide is published by the University of WA Press in conjunction with the Cooperative Research Centre for Legumes in Mediterranean Agriculture (CLIMA) and Agriculture WA. Its publication was supported by growers through the GRDC, Grain Research Committee of WA, Rhone Poulenc and SBS Rural IAMA. The authors are Drs Miles Dracup from Agriculture WA and CLIMA and Michael Kirby, a visiting research fellow to CLIMA from England.

Australia leads the world in lupin growing and lupins are the largest pulse crop in Australia. More than one million hectares are grown, yielding up to 1.4 million tonnes of grain, and the export industry is worth almost $200 million per year to Australia. The Australian lupin industry is based mainly on the narrow-leafed lupin, with a small amount of Albus lupin, while production of yellow lupin will start in 1998.

The Lupin Development Guide focuses on stages of lupin development and on understanding agronomically important features of the plant. It is not a disease identification guide. It provides a growth scale, similar to the Zadoks scale used for cereals. The authors say this makes it possible to standardise crop management recommendations and interpretations, and to assess crop health.