By the numbers:
100: Mung beans are a 100day crop. Russ Salisbury says he usually plants one crop on September 1, and another December crop each year. Between September 1 and the second week of February are the ideal growing times.
2: Russ Salisbury says harvesting mung beans is a slow process. He sets the header so it chops the beans off about two inches off the ground for his twiceyearly 160-hectare harvest.
1300: Interest in mungbean cropping re-ignited about five years ago, when prices reached an all-time high of about $1300 a tonne. Agronomist Kendell Muller said he expected to see similar prices this year, of about $1100–$1200 a tonne.
¾: Kendell Muller estimated a harvest of about three quarters to one tonne of mung beans an acre (0.4ha) in this region. In other parts of Australia, farmers are lucky to get half a tonne to the acre.
1–2: Mung beans need only oneto two mega litres of water a hectare each season. Compared to other crops such as sorghum, which needs three to four megalitres to the hectare, this makes irrigation very cheap.