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Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

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.

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