Sow beans from now on, and ideally before March
Beans left a decent profit margin on most farms in 2017. However, they may again be in over-supply in some areas in 2018, so secure a buyer and a price.
B e a n s ca n b e so wn fro m now on, and ideally before March 1.
The Department of Agriculture, Food and the Marine (DAFM) has a recommended list for 2018. Aim to sow 35 seeds/m2.
Ask your merchant for the thousand grain weight (TGW), as big bean seeds need high seed rates.
Aim to drill beans at 4” to 5”, to prevent crows digging them up.
Prioritise weed control the day you drill, even if it means hiring someone to spray for you.
Beans can be a dirty crop with limited herbicide options if you miss this key timing. Trial work has shown no yield benefit from applying nitrogen to beans at sowing. However, crops will benefit from P and K at sowing time, especially in index 1 and 2 soils.
The optimum pH is 6.5.