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How faba beans pack a punch against sowthistle

Dr Michael Widderick from Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries talks about faba bean crop competition research that has been taking place across the northern grains region.


The research focused on the effects of row spacing, crop density and cultivar on the troublesome weed common sowthistle. Results show there are opportunities to alter the agronomy of faba beans to suppress weed growth and seed production in crop.

WeedSmart Northern Extension agronomist, Paul McIntosh, facilitated this webinar.

Topics covered include:

  • Why competitive crops?
  • Research methodology
  • Research results:
    • Coverage – light interception
    • Sowthistle biomass
    • Sowthistle seed production
    • Faba bean yield
  • Considerations

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