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Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development


Western Australia




Editors: Megan Abrahams, Andrew Blake and Vanessa Stewart (DPIRD)


Thirty-three years ago I started work in Esperance on broadleaf crops. One of the best things my boss set up for me was arranging visits with several lupin farmers so I could follow their crops from seeding, through the growing season, to harvest. It was a great way to quickly get an idea of the choices farmers make and the reasons why.

With today’s busy lives, most farmers would be hard pressed to have the luxury of visiting many other farmers multiple times to learn how to grow a crop. Luckily for those who are interested in growing faba beans, our team of young and enthusiastic researchers from the regional agronomy project have done the hard work for you.

In this document that our team has put together, you will find a guide on how to grow and protect your faba bean crop plus several case studies on current faba bean growers in the south of Western Australia—all the key information you need is in one place. I started growing faba beans in trials 30 years ago and I’m still learning!

I’d like to congratulate our team on their efforts in pulling this document together and offer a special thank you to all the growers who allowed us to visit and passed on their experiences for us to share.

I encourage you to read through this document, whether you have grown faba beans for a while or are brand new to the crop. Growing a legume break crop is always a learning curve.

Mark Seymour
Senior Research Scientist, Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development (DPIRD)

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faba beans, south coast, grains, grdc, dpird


Agricultural Science | Agriculture | Agronomy and Crop Sciences | Horticulture | Other Plant Sciences | Plant Sciences


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