This year the spotlight is on pulses (edible grain legumes), with the UN designating 2016 the International Year of Pulses. Pulses and other legumes have a critical role to play in the sustainability of agricultural systems.
Pulses are also an affordable, nutrient-dense staple that can improve food and nutritional security; in addition they promote gut health, which is critical for the effective absorption of nutrients from all dietary foods.A Grains & Legumes Nutrition Council (GLNC) consumption study in 2014 found most Australian children are not meeting recommendations for legume intake, with only one in every 20 children consuming legumes regularly.
HLN is assisting the NSW DPI in a GRDC-funded project looking at improving the performance of legumes in the Southern Region high rainfall zone with the aim of finding more profitable legume rotation options for this area.
Faba bean crops sown by farmers on acid soils in SA, Victoria and NSW were monitored in 2015 as part of this project. Results from winter / spring crop inspections highlight the importance of liming and improving soil pH in the main root zone, particularly in the top 15cm.
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