Course vital for agros
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”.
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.