Access to at least 60cm of subsoil moisture is a must if farmers are considering planting mung beans as a break crop this summer.
Landmark senior agronomist Paul McIntosh says mungbeans are an attractive option if the conditions are right – with a total crop life of just 90-115 days, they have an earning potential of $900 to $1450/tonne in good years.
"Their ability to fit into a short period of growing time is legendary,” he said. "They leave very little stubble which is both good and bad, but it is quite possible to triple crop, going from a winter crop to a mung bean crop and back to another winter crop."
However, Mr McIntosh urged farmers to do their research before planting, ensuring they have stored sub-soil moisture, and checking whether their soils have any constraints such as sodium or chloride, or any hard pans that may restrict root development.
More information on mung bean management practices is at www.grdc.com.au.
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Paul McIntosh, Landmark senior agronomist, Pittsworth
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