Sur­vey fo­cus, key bean data

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - News -

MUNGBEAN grow­ers from across Queens­land and New South Wales are be­ing asked to par­tic­i­pate in a short sur­vey de­signed to pro­vide vi­tal grass­roots data about fac­tors in­flu­enc­ing on-farm yield.

The sur­vey is a joint ini­tia­tive be­tween the Grains Re­search and De­vel­op­ment Cor­po­ra­tion and the Univer­sity of Queens­land and aims to help re­searchers iden­tify the fac­tors con­tribut­ing to the yield gap in mung­beans in the north­ern re­gion.

Speak­ing at the Aus­tralian Mungbean As­so­ci­a­tion field walk at Her­mitage Re­search Sta­tion on the Dar­ling Downs last week, UQ re­searcher Marisa Collins said grower in­put into fu­ture mungbean re­seach was vi­tal.

“We are hop­ing to iden­tify what grow­ers con­sider are the con­tribut­ing fac­tors when they achieved high yields, rank­ing the im­por­tance of fac­tors such as good start­ing soil wa­ter, low in­sect pres­sure, in-crop rain­fall, nar­row rows, and milder tem­per­a­tures,” Dr Collins said.

“We also want to know what hap­pened dur­ing low-yield sea­sons that grow­ers feel may have con­trib­uted to lack of pro­duc­tion on their farm.”

Dr Collins said the short, four-ques­tion sur­vey could be com­pleted by grow­ers anony­mously and was about fur­ther en­cour­ag­ing part­ner­ships be­tween grow­ers, re­searchers, in­dus­try stake­hold­ers and the GRDC to en­sure re­search and de­vel­op­ment was tar­geted and farm-rel­e­vant.

It was a sim­i­lar theme at the an­nual AMA field walk, which at­tracted more than 80 peo­ple from across south­ern and Cen­tral Queens­land.

Cen­tral Queens­land mungbean grower Syd Al­len­den, who drove eight hours from his farm at Jam­bin to at­tend the an­nual event, said stay­ing in­formed and be­ing will­ing to be in­volved at in­dus­try and re­search level was crit­i­cal.

Mr Al­len­den has been a reg­u­lar at the Her­mitage event and says it of­fers grow­ers ac­cess to the lat­est re­search into mungbean va­ri­eties, as well as top­ics like row spac­ing, wa­ter use ef­fi­ciency and strate­gies for man­ag­ing pests and dis­eases.

“As a grower it is in­valu­able to get in­for­ma­tion straight from re­searchers; be­ing able to ask them ques­tions di­rectly and com­pare notes with other grow­ers makes it a very worth­while day,” he said.

Pulse Aus­tralia’s Paul McIn­tosh said the re­sponse from grow­ers, re­searchers and in­dus­try was pos­i­tive.

There was par­tic­u­lar in­ter­est shown in Queens­land Depart­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Fish­eries pulse breeder Col Dou­glas’s pre­sen­ta­tion show­cas­ing new mungbean va­ri­eties.

Other top­ics cov­ered as part of the field walk in­cluded an up­date from DAF en­to­mol­o­gist Liz Wil­liams on pad­dock pests, while DAF plant pathol­o­gist Lisa Kelly cov­ered crop dis­eases and man­age­ment strate­gies.

Grow­ers in­ter­ested in tak­ing part in the “op­ti­mis­ing mungbean yields” sur­vey can con­tact Marisa Collins on


FIELD WORK: Re­searchers Adam Sparks, USQ; Ja­son Sheedy, USQ; Celine Gawthier, CSIRO, and Nikki Sey­mour, DAF, at the Her­mitage Re­search Sta­tion event.

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