Survey focus, key bean data
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIELD WORK: Researchers Adam Sparks, USQ; Jason Sheedy, USQ; Celine Gawthier, CSIRO, and Nikki Seymour, DAF, at the Hermitage Research Station event.