Mungbean growers needed for yield survey
Author: Toni Somes | Date: 06 Apr 2018
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 (GRDC) and the University of Queensland (UQ) and aims to to help researchers identify the factors contributing to the yield gap in mungbeans in the northern region.
Speaking at the Australian Mungbean Association (AMA) 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.”
She said the survey is 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 said it offered 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,” Mr Allenden said.
Pulse Australia’s Paul McIntosh, who played a key role in organising the event, said the response from growers, researchers and industry was positive. There was particular interest shown in Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) pulse breeder Col Douglas’s presentation showcasing new mungbean varieties.
“We are encouraged by the ongoing support for the event, particularly from growers, and regardless of the season and prices, pulses like mungbeans are playing an increasingly important role in farming systems in the northern region,” Mr McIntosh said.
“So events like this offer an invaluable opportunity for growers, researchers and industry stakeholders to engage directly and share research outcomes, along with crop concerns.”
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.
Mr McIntosh and Mark Schmidt from the Australian Mungbean Association also offered insights into the industry and an overview of mungbean marketing strategies.
Otherwise, you growers can contact Marisa Collins on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Toni Somes, Cox Inall Communications
GRDC Project code: GRDC01099
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