Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 4424 IREC Farmers' Newsletter No. 197 — Autumn 2017 PROSPECTS AND OPTIONS FOR IRRIGATED PULSES IN 2017 Australia’s main faba bean market is Egypt, for human consumption; however demand in China is increasing for both human consumption and stock feed. l  After a successful season in 2016, it is expected that interest in pulses for the 2017 cropping season will also be strong, particularly with an eye to export markets. l  Paddock selection in 2017 must consider the potential of disease carryover as a result of prolonged wet conditions in the previous winter and spring. l  Chickpea, lentil and faba bean are potentially profitable options for irrigated cropping rotations in 2017. l  Pulses provide benefits to the cropping rotation through nitrogen fixation and a break in cereal crop sequences. The 2016 winter pulse crop broke records at every turn across Australia, so what are the prospects for pulses for 2017? Phil Bowden Industry Development Manager, Pulse Australia PULSE and canola production totalled 4.0 million and 4.1 million tonnes respectively, in 2016. Lentil production in South Australia and Victoria doubled that of 2015, and chickpea production in northern New South Wales and Queensland increased by 50%. The buoyant global prices on offer for pulses were driven by increased demand from India, Pakistan and Bangladesh following crop failures due to the lack of monsoon rains. Pulse Australia expects interest in pulses to again be significant in 2017 and that a similar area to 2016 will be planted as lentil and chickpea prices remain attractive, particularly in comparison with depressed cereal prices. This forecast is tempered with some uncertainty regarding the likely demand following a larger crop harvest on the sub-continent that is in the final stages of harvest (at the time of publication). A deficit in supply QUICK TAKE