Pulse Grown in Australia
Prior to this time many pulse crops were used as green manure and fodder crops because of the beneficial effect these crops have on the soil and their value as livestock feed. Since then the industry has grown significantly and pulses are being increasingly recognised for their role in sustainable and profitable production systems. While pulses are grown in all three major cropping regions in Australia, specific crops are better adapted to some regions.
The first fully domesticated Australian sweet lupin was developed in the late 1960s in Western Australia. Chickpea were first grown commercially near Goondiwindi, Queensland in the early 1970s. Mungbean was also first grown in Queensland in the 1970s. Commercial production of faba bean began in South Australia in the early 1980s and the lentil industry began in Victoria in the early 1990s.
Nationally, pulses average just under 10 per cent of the total area planted to crop however in favourable production areas they can occupy as much as 25% of the total crop area.