Con­sider a mung bean crop

AMA tour pro­motes plant­ings

Central and North Rural Weekly - - COLUMN - PAUL MCIN­TOSH

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.

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