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LENTIL National Variety Trial

Key Messages

  • In 2020 the top yielding released varieties in the NVT in Dalwallinu were PBA Kelpie XT, PBA Hallmark XT, PBA Highland XT, PBA Hurricane XT and GIA Leader. 1.63 t/ha average for the top 5 varieties with 0.23 t/ha difference between the first & the fifth variety.

  • Season 2021 in the region started with rainfall events in February and March which provided some subsoil moisture, above average rainfall for July has set the trial up for good yields.


The aim of the National Variety Trials (NVT) is to generate independent information for growers and industry about newly released varieties of field crops to the current commercial varieties grown in the area.


The NVT program has been designed to identify the highest yielding varieties, free from the constraints of nutrition and disease. As a result, the nutrition and crop protection packages applied to NVT trials are typically higher than may be applied by the average grower. Management is the same for all plots with no differences in timing for crop protection or nutrition

All trials have 3 replicates of each variety and all plots are sown (and subsequently harvested) on the same day. Timing of sowing is dependent upon the season, but is typically done within an average district “best practice” window and located on a typical soil type for the area.



Variety Description

For variety descriptions and information see the 2021 WA Crop Sowing Guide at 


Variety released in 2020


PBA Kelpie XT is a large red lentil with herbicide tolerance, the first one of its class in Australia. Its early-mid flowering and maturity characteristics make it a good variety for most lentil-cropping regions of Australia. It is a high-yielding variety that has the same mechanism of tolerance to Group B herbicides as other tolerant lentil varieties such as PBA Hurricane XT, PBA Hallmark XT and PBA Highland XT. PBA KelpieXT’s resistance to pod drop and shattering offers potential yield benefits when experiencing extreme weather conditions around crop harvest. PBA KelpieXT gives further market opportunities for growers by combining herbicide tolerance in the large seed market class, complementing previous small and medium red lentil releases.



The trial was sown on the 20th May into moisture and has had good germination and seasonal growth so far.


For results of all NVT trials please visit the National Variety Trials online



Thanks to property owner Mathew Hyde and the Liebe Group for providing the site to Living Farm for the trial. Participating companies, GRDC and the NVT program coordinators.

Name: Pip Payne - NVT Co-ordinator
Phone: 0439 771 194

Name: Richard Devlin - Managing Director
Phone: 0400 123 596

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