- Well drained soils with a pH above 5.5 in Calcium Chloride (CaCl2), heavy deep clays, heavy loam, sandy loam and Salmon Gum soils. Avoid soils with a pH below 5.5 (CaCl2), saline soils, high boron soils and Wodjil soils. Chickpea has poor tolerance of low pH where aluminium toxicity can be a problem.
- A soil structure and slope which allows good drainage—avoid shallow soils.
- Little or no risk of sulphonylurea carry over.
- A low broad-leaf weed burden.
- Few rocks can be left relatively flat and even after sowing for harvest.
- To minimise the risk of diseases, do not grow chickpeas more often than one year in four in the same paddock and at least 500m from last seasons chickpea stubble.
- Sowing window: low rainfall: April 20–May 25, medium rainfall: May 15–June 15.
- Sowing depth: aim for 5 centimetres (cm), will come up from 8 cm with moist soil conditions.
- Sowing rate: 40–45 plant per square metre (m2) is optimum which corresponds to a sowing rate of between 90–100 kilograms per hectare (kg/ha).
- Row spacing: up to 50cm appears to have little effect on yield.