Consider a mung bean crop
AMA tour promotes plantings
NEEDLESS to say, the recent
. rain event was disappointing to many non-receivers, with my own rain gauge here at Highfields measuring only 5mm on last Sunday morning’s cloudless day.
For some who received above 25mm, there is an opportunity possibly to plant a spring feed crop as soil temperatures warm up.
My northern region travels in the past few weeks have shown a large percentage of bare paddocks.
By that I mean there is nothing growing in them and there should have been a winter crop in many farmers’ rotational cropping system.
So we sit with the uncomfortable situation of a very large summer crop looming, we hope.
The reason I call it uncomfortable is the “all the eggs in one basket” syndrome, where we have an overfull plant of a summer crop that may strain the input factors like hybrid seed and herbicides for a popular crop like grain sorghum.
My thoughts are that the word and actions of diversity come into play again.
By diversity, in this particular sense I mean that many need to consider other summer crops like mung beans.
We definitely are getting better at growing them and our current overseas market knowledge is still very positive for our Australian clean and green mung beans export potential.
If you recall in 2016, everyone wanted to grow chickpeas and they did, with a record crop size, and we mostly got away with the wet growing season and prices held very firm to high at the back end of that season.
With mung beans, the Australian Mungbean Association is very keen to promote plantings however want farmers and agros to be aware of the latest agronomic knowledge in the growing of mung beans, as well as the marketing factor.
In other words, if you are going to plant mung beans, the AMA wants you to be successful and profitable and take into consideration everything from paddock selection to variety, soil nutrition, disease and insect control, crop desiccation and general weed control, as well as marketing options and quality.
With this in mind the AMA is sponsoring a series of grower and advisor technical updates throughout Queensland and NSW on the growing and marketing of mung beans. The speakers will be across the latest information on mung bean growing to assist you in your endeavours and choices in planting a successful crop.
Please register for this event online or give me a call, as I highly recommend your attendance at one of these day-long meetings on the growing and marketing of mung beans.
MUNG BEAN TOUR: Senior extension officer DAF Toowoomba Jayne Gentry and senior agronomist Paul McIntosh.