Quinoa in the Riverina

David Troldahl1, Richard Snowball2, Harmohinder Dhammu3 and Mario D’Antuono2

1 NSW Department of Primary Industries, Yanco Agricultural Institute, Yanco, NSW 2703. www.dpi.nsw.gov.au, david.troldahl@dpi.nsw.gov.au

WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, 75 York Rd, 2 South Perth and 3Northam, WA 6401. www.dpird.wa.gov.au

Abstract

Quinoa can potentially be grown in Australia as a summer or winter crop and as a complementary crop within existing cropping programs depending on soil type, rainfall and environment. A national project “Quinoa as a new crop in Australia” co-funded by the AgriFutures and state Departments of Primary Industry (DPI) and Agriculture (DA) explored this potential at experimental sites in South Australia (Naracoorte), Northern Territory (Katherine and Alice Springs), Western Australia (Cunderdin, Eradu, Esperance, Geraldton, Katanning and Kununurra) and New South Wales (Leeton Field Station). The paper reports on the experiments at Leeton Field Station in the Riverina region of NSW .

Variety evaluation experiments were conducted in two years to determine a range of agronomic recommendations for growing quinoa in the Riverina. Preliminary research highlighted a sowing window between December and March, a sowing density of around 7kg/ha and identified key varieties that matched local industry needs.

Host

The Australian Society of Agronomy is the professional body for agronomists in Australia. It has approximately 500 active members drawn from government, universities, research organisations and the private sector.

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David Marland Photography david_marland@hotmail.com Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, Charles Sturt University

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