2015 blog posts
New entomologist, Dr Elizabeth Williams (Liz to her friends and colleagues) was recently appointed to Kingaroy, DAF. Liz is the first grains entomologist to be appointed in DAF since 2006.
Rob Anderson thanks rugby league great, and now restaurateur, Billy Moore for his entertaining and encouraging address to members at the Association’s December meeting at Mooloolaba.
Over the last decade or so MSF Sugar group agronomist Andrew Dougall has used soybeans, peanuts and mungbeans at various times to add to the profitability and sustainability of the company’s farming system in Maryborough.
You can rely on mungbeans to cut nitrogen costs, grow quickly using less water and generate an excellent return. We think they’re a good rotational tool – making a good break from crops like sorghum.
When it comes to crop water efficiency, it’s hard to go past mungbeans. Being a fast growing crop, a fully irrigated mungbean crop requires just 3.5 to 4.5 ML/ha.
As growers look forward to a promising mungbean season they can be assured that a team of scientists has been working hard to understand and respond to the pest and disease issues that are likely to arise.
CSIRO scientist Stephen Yeates is working on increasing the yields of mungbeans in Northern Queensland. He says the Burdekin has the best conditions to grow the crop. (Lara Webster)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) researcher Kerry McKenzie is able to say with some confidence that planting mungbean crops on narrower row spacing supports higher yields, even if plant population remains the same.
Excerpt from ‘Australian Mungbean Association Code of Hygienic Practice for Whole Mungbeans’.
Part of the success of the mungbean industry over the last 20 years has been the invaluable support of enthusiastic professionals.
Jade-AU, Crystal, Satin II, Celera II-AU and Green Diamond seed are protected by PBR legislation and a point-of-sale royalty applies.
DuPont has gained registration for the insecticide Altacor to control Lepidoptera species in chickpea, mungbean and soybean.