Agronomic strategies for producing large lupini beans for export

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  • Published: 2 Apr 2015

  • Author(s): Services, Rural Development

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Large bitter white lupin, or lupini are consumed as a snack food after leaching of alkaloids. Tasmanian Lupini Enterprises (TLE) and its group of contract growers currently produce lupini beans in the Northern Midlands of Tasmania. The lupini industry could expand in both volume and value of production if it were able to produce a larger high quality bean than its competitors. Initial small trials undertaken in Tasmania have indicated there is great potential for developing agronomic and plant selection strategies for producing large lupini beans.

This report examines a range of agronomic findings concerning lupini beans, focusing particularly on crop development, windrowing, and harvesting. In addition the report contains recommendations to progress lupini breeding strategies and an assessment of marketing opportunities.