Australian Mungbean Association

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Mungbean variety demonstration 2107

5 April 2017


The Australian Mungbean Association is the commercial partner in the National Mungbean Improvement Program with plant breeders from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and funding from the Grains Research and Development Corporation. 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.

A total of eight mungbean varieties have been planted at the site to compare the performance of current varieties, Crystal and Jade-AU against experimental lines in the breeding pipeline, 11047, 11057, M11236, M12036, M12365 and a new black gram (regur) variety. The AMA is currently in a seed build-up phase of the new black gram variety.

A fieldwalk is planned for April 11 to show mungbean growers the current varieties and experimental lines, growing under the same field conditions.

Each week we will be posting a progress report with photos to show the crop's progress and provide agronomic information and tips on growing mungbeans as the season unfolds.


Mungbean Trial Open Day — NEW DATE – 11 April

The AMA is hosting an open day at the DAF Bjelke Petersen Research Facility, Kingaroy-Cooyar Rd on 11 April, 2017, starting in the Taabinga Room at 9.30 am with morning tea.

Mungbean plant breeder, Col Douglas will be speaking about the performance of the varieties in the demonstrations and new varieties in the pipeline.

There will be a tour of the Redvale Dryland Demonstration site and then finish back at the irrigated site at the research facility. The open day will conclude with a BBQ at the Taabinga Room at the research facility for lunch at 12:30.

RSVP by 10 April and enquiries: Andrew McDonald 4162 1100 or email


Week 10 – 3 April

The recent rain has not brought much change to the dryland trial site, but the irrigated site is looking fantastic ahead of next Tuesday's AMA Open Day. Col Douglas will be showcasing all the new material in the trials and there are some standout lines in the dryland site considering the season they have endured. Gary Fiechtner from Ascot Solutions will also speak briefly about his brush attachments that are making harvest easier on these low crops.

No cultural practices were applied to the demo site this week. The crop continues to set new flowers and fill pods but the cold weather is expected to shut down podding soon.

The photo above was taken on 5 April, 71 days after planting.


Week 9 – 27 March

The crop has just been cultivated in preparation for the 80 mm + expected in the next 48 hours. It is impressive to see the crop still flowering and certain varieties and experimentals will yield viable pods at harvestable heights. The team is happy that they have persevered with the site. The new Regur line is also showing good potential.

The photo above was taken on 27 March, 62 days after planting.


Week 8 – 20 March

With 60 mm of rain falling at the Redvale dryland site in the last week, the short, heat affected plants have continued to flower and started podding. This early pod fill stage has been free of insects, but helicoverpa (heliothus) numbers are on the rise. Mirids have left us alone so far and we may finish the season without needing any mirid control.

Having experienced the hottest and driest summer on record in the Burnett, the crop's response to the rain has to be seen to be believed.

The photo above was taken on 20 March, 55 days after planting.


Week 7 – 13 March

Another week of hard conditions. The 20 mm that fell last night and more rain predicted may not be enough to save the crop. Overall, crop height is very low due to the extreme conditions. So many growers are impressed in the turnaround of the crop with moderate falls of rain – there will be plenty to talk about at the Open Day on the 23 March.

Photo above was taken on 13 March, 48 days after planting.


Week 6 – 6 March

The crop certainly hasn't gained any great height in seven days. The crop is however, flowering unbelievably on a very modest rainfall total of 23 mm for the last two days. With higher than average March temperatures expected again for the next few days, it will be encouraging to see some beans set under these conditions.

Photo above was taken on 6 March, 41 days after planting.


Week 5 – 27 February

The rain received has added very little to growth and plant health but the outlook is more positive with rain predicted for four of the next seven days. But, time is not on our side as the crop is due to flower in the coming week.

An inter-row cultivation was done to remove any persisting weeds that made it through the Blazer spray.

Photo above was taken on 27 February, 34 days after planting.


Week 4 – 20 February

The demo team has decided to leave the Redvale site as a dryland crop to measure the toughness of all varieties. A similar trial at the DAF research facility will be irrigated. The Redvale site received 15 mm of rain on Sunday 19/2,  which was a welcome reprieve to the conditions of last week. The heat has certainly held the maturity back, as the crop should be shaping up to flower in the coming week. A cooler week will help the crop catch up but 15 mm is not enough to build a great yield on.

Photo above was taken on 20 February, 27 days after planting.


Week 3 – 13 February

The beans have had a Blazer/Ardeo, 750 mL/ha plus Hasten at 1L/100L water, spray in the last week.

The conditions have been extreme, with Kingaroy experiencing its hottest day ever at 41.6 degrees C. So far this February, Kingaroy has recorded maximum temperatures over 35 degrees on 8 of the 13 days.

What a tough season but the mungbean demonstration site is still alive!!

Photo above was taken on 13 February, 20 days after planting.


Week 2 – 6 February

What a hot few days!!

The AMA variety demo site has emerged well and weeds such as Datura stramonium (thorn apple) will need to be sprayed in the coming seven days.

Another week of hot weather means that irrigation is a must in the next two days. Scott and the team will be rolling out dripper tape onto each row.

Photo above was taken on 6 February, 13 days after planting.


Week 1 – Redvale site, planted Tues 24 January 2017

The Redvale site was planted into good moisture with seeds sown at a depth of approximately 30 mm. All varieties were sown at a planting rate of 311,108 seeds/ha  on 90 cm row spacing. For Jade-AU, this equates to 28 kg seed per ha which is a safe planting rate for  a late plant crop. Seed was inoculated using peat-based Group I inoculant.

CK55 fertiliser was applied pre-planting at a rate of 100 kg/ha. Early weed control was achieved using Glyphosate 450 applied at a rate of 3 L/ha and Metalochlor 960 applied at 1.5 L/ha post-plant pre-emergence (PPPE).

This photo was taken one week after planting on 31 January, 2017 and shows a strong, even stand of mungbeans emerging.


Further information:

Mungbean best management guide