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2017 blog posts


Soil moisture critical for success

Growers considering planting mungbeans this summer are being urged to test soil moisture levels to ensure they have a minimum of 75 mm of plant available water (PAW) stored in their chosen paddock.


Demand remains strong

Australian mungbeans are exported all around the world, finding their way to the most prestigious restaurants of New York City, to the bazaars of Pakistan and everywhere in between. Such a diverse market demands specialised marketing.


More rows, more beans

Row spacings have been confirmed as a key determinant of yield in pulse crops with Queensland research showing grain production is maximised when rows are closer together.


Irrigated mungbeans performing well in CQ

Neil Marshall, Fernlees CQ grows high performing mungbean and chickpea crops in rotation under this centre pivot. Neil has found February is the safest planting time for his area.


Reduce disease risk in mungbeans

Avoid paddocks with a history of diseases, use low risk planting seed, choose varieties with higher levels of resistance and sow seed into well-drained soil to reduce the disease risk this summer cropping season.


New black gram – Onyx-AU

The Australian Mungbean Association is proud to commercialise the latest variety released from the National Mungbean Improvement Program, a new black gram variety named ‘Onyx-AU’.


Why buy AMA Approved Mungbean Seed

AMA Approved Mungbean Seed is produced under strict growing guidelines and crops are inspected for any sign of disease or contamination. AMA Approved Seed is the highest possible quality and lowest risk seed for planting.


Best Management Practices Training and Accreditation Courses start

An opportunity to hear from mungbean experts, to ask questions and learn from other agronomists working with mungbean crops.


Spring rain needed to secure mungbean plantings

A positive seasonal and market outlook for mungbeans is likely to see the ‘small green bean’ compete strongly for acreage in the coming summer cropping phase.


Be ready to plant when the opportunity arrives

The 2017-18 market outlook is favourable again for mungbean. Demand across all markets remains strong for good quality beans with prices expected in the range of $800 to $1100 per tonne for processing quality beans in 2017–18.


Storing mungbean seed on-farm

Preserve the value of stored mungbean seed through correct insect and rodent monitoring and cool storage to maximise germination and vigour.


Timing desiccation and harvest

With the change in heat units also comes a change to decision making about desiccation and harvest time, which should stretch out more than was required in March.


Have you seen phytoplasma in mungbeans this year?

DAF Senior Entomologist Hugh Brier asks growers and agronomists to look for and report instances of phytoplasma in all summer crops, including mungbeans.


Late starters come out on top in mediocre mungbean season

Late-sown mungbean crops have been the only shining light in a season to forget for most mungbean growers in the northern cropping zone this year.


Mind the gap with mungbeans to maximise yields

Row spacings have been confirmed as a key determinant of yield in pulse crops with Queensland research showing grain production is maximised when rows are closer together.

Industry field walk – Hermitage Research Facility, Warwick

AMA is hosting the Industry Field Walk on 28 March at the Hermitage Research Facility near Warwick. Event details and program available in this post.

Solving the leaf chlorosis mystery

In the last few years there has been plenty of discussion amongst agronomic advisors, nutritional experts, crop experts and farmers over the cause of inter-veinal chlorosis and, in some cases, leaf crinkling.

Mungbean variety demonstration 2017

To compare the performance of current and upcoming varieties, a field demonstration site has been planted on a commercial property at Redvale, 3 km east of Kingaroy. Follow the progress of the crop throughout the growing season.

When is it too late to plant mungbeans?

As the summer advances, and significant widespread rains haven’t occurred, the question of ‘when is it too late to plant’ arises.

Mungbean planting depth

Although mungbeans and chickpeas are both legumes, these two species use different mechanisms to germinate and emerge from the soil.

Protecting mungbean inoculant

Effective nodulation of mungbeans can fix about 60 to 70 kgN/ha, sufficient to grow a 1 t/ha crop. If the rhizobial inoculant is not applied or if the bacteria die, this nitrogen will need to come from other sources.

Harvester setting for best quality mungbean sample

Kevin Charlesworth provides a ready-reckoner for setting up your harvester for best results.