PBA Pearl (tested as OZP0819) has superior grain yield
potential and is the first broadly adapted white seeded field
pea variety released for Australia.
PBA Pearl is a semi-leafless, semi-dwarf, erect growing
variety. It has good early season plant vigour, flowers early to
mid season and produces a high number of pods per plant.
Crop maturity is uniform, early and suitable for crop topping.
At maturity PBA Pearl has superior lodging resistance
compared to other semi-dwarf varieties.
Disease management for PBA Pearl is similar to other field
pea varieties. Specifically it is a low risk option for regions
prone to bacterial blight compared to KaspaA, but is not as
tolerant as PBA Percy. It also has good resistance to downy
mildew and bean leaf roll virus.
PBA Pearl produces medium to large spherical white pea
seed suitable to market for human consumption or for
stockfeed. PBA Pearl is initially recommended for regions
where growers can deliver white pea seed for export or for
PBA Percy (tested as OZP0901) and PBA Oura (tested
as OZP0703) are being released concurrently to provide
growers with superior field pea options in bacterial blight
Both varieties have high yield potential, are broadly adapted
and perform relatively well in short growing seasons and
low rainfall climates.
PBA Percy and PBA Oura have good levels of resistance
to bacterial blight, showing minimal yield loss in trials
subjected to high levels of bacterial blight pressure.
These varieties provide growers with the option of growing
either a conventional type (PBA Percy) or an erect semidwarf
type (PBA Oura) to suit on farm practices.
Both varieties are early flowering and maturing and
better suited for crop topping than Kaspa. Both produce
Australian dun type grain suitable for human consumption
export or stockfeed markets.
PBA Wharton (tested as OZP0805) is a superior yielding
kaspa type field pea. PBA Wharton combines disease
resistance to powdery mildew and the viruses PSbMV and
BLRV with higher soil boron toxicity tolerance.
PBA Wharton is widely adapted across southern cropping
regions of Australia and best suited to districts with a short
to medium growing season or those that are prone to
powdery mildew and virus diseases (e.g. south east SA).
It is the first kaspa type variety suitable for production in
northern regions of New South Wales.
PBA Wharton is early to mid season flowering and early
maturing (e.g. similar PBA Gunyah). It has a semi-leafless
erect growth habit, pink flowers and shatter resistant pods
like Kaspa. Its grain colour and size is similar to Kaspa but
more spherical and smoother.
PBA Rana represents a new grain quality category for
Australian faba bean production and is not produced by
any other major faba bean exporter. Its seed is larger than
current faba bean varieties, and is considered to be of high
quality by the major Egyptian market.
PBA Rana is a relatively late flowering and maturing variety
and is particularly suited to higher rainfall, long season faba
bean production regions.
The overall disease resistance profile of PBA Rana is
superior to current Australian faba bean varieties. Including
a greater level of Ascochyta blight resistance increasing the
reliability of production in higher disease risk regions.
PBA Samira is a high yielding faba bean that has shown
wide adaptation throughout southern Australia. Yield is
generally greater than current varieties in all areas.
PBA Samira is particularly responsive to high yielding
PBA Samira has a good overall level of disease resistance.
It is resistant to Ascochyta blight, including the new strain
that has recently been identified in the mid north of South
PBA Samira is less susceptible to chocolate spot and rust
than Fiesta VF and Farah.
PBA Zahra is a large seeded faba bean that has shown wide
adaptation throughout southern Australia. It is superior to
PBA Rana with uniform seed size and colour. PBA Zahra is
generally higher yielding than current varieties in most areas
and is particularly responsive to high yielding situations.
PBA Zahra has a good overall level of disease resistance.
It is resistant to the most prevalent strain of Ascochyta blight
(pathotype 1) found in the southern region.
PBA Zahra is less susceptible to chocolate spot and faba
bean rust than Farah and Fiesta VF, and equivalent to
PBA Rana and PBA Samira.