Stalking after the storm
Check your mungbeans for insects, particularly after a storm. Storm fronts can bring insects into a previously uninfected crop.
This was one message that growers and agronomists in northern NSW and southern Queensland heard at a series of insect-control workshops conducted by TOPCROP in conjunction with NSW Agriculture and the Queensland Department of Primary Industries (QDPI).
Failure to adequately monitor and control insects in mungbeans can lead to significant reductions in yield and price of crops.
Hugh Brier of the QDPI strongly recommended that growers involve themselves in group monitoring activity.
The workshop concentrated on identifying, monitoring and controlling insect pests in mungbeans. Growers gained skills in the field in identifying both pest and beneficial insects found in crops in northern NSW.