Course vi­tal for agros

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - The Mulberry Project - ME­GAN MAS­TERS me­gan.mas­ters@thechron­i­cle.com.au

EVEN the ex­perts can use a lit­tle train­ing some­times ac­cord­ing to Paul McIn­tosh.

He might be an agron­o­mist and a pulse spe­cial­ist, but reck­oned it was a big mis­take to think you knew ev­ery­thing al­ready.

Mr McIn­tosh was all set for an up­com­ing event aimed at cre­at­ing a crys­tal-clear pic­ture of the mung bean grow­ing process for agron­o­mists, farm­ers and in­dus­try ex­perts and reck­oned he was set to learn a thing or two him­self.

The spe­cialised crop had a 90-day turn­around, which meant it was a pop­u­lar money spin­ner, but ev­ery­thing needed to be just so to har­vest a good-yield­ing field of qual­ity mungs.

He said there would be two events for peo­ple to at­tend de­pend­ing on their ex­pe­ri­ence level and it was the first time in four years it had been held.

The two-day event would cover the A to Z of mungs for rel­a­tive new­com­ers, while a free, one-day sem­i­nar was aimed at re­fresh­ing the knowl­edge of those who had al­ready at­tended the course.

Aus­tralian Mung­bean As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Sch­midt said mung beans could be a good fi­nan­cial booster, but should al­ways be grown with the help of an agron­o­mist, so it was im­por­tant for agros to be up-to-date on best prac­tice.

He said there was a $100-150 per tonne dif­fer­ence be­tween a good and bad crop, so it was vi­tal peo­ple got the best ad­vice avail­able.

The two-day course will be held at the Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries in Toowoomba on Oc­to­ber 10 and 11. The one-day course is on Oc­to­ber 12. To book visit try­book­ing.com and search for “mung­bean”.

PHOTO: ME­GAN MAS­TERS

COM­PLEX CROP: Aus­tralian Mung­bean As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Mark Sch­midt (left) and agron­o­mist Paul McIn­tosh are all set for an in­dus­try ac­cred­ited train­ing course on grow­ing mung beans.

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