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Mungbean top tips

Paul McIntosh, Pulse Australia says experienced mungbean growers like Rod Ferguson, Norwin understand the importance of timely operations when it comes to producing high quality mungbeans.


1 February, 2021


Paul’s tips for successful mungbean production

by Cindy Benjamin


Pulse Australia’s Paul McIntosh knows what it takes to grow the best mungbean crop possible, and recommends growers follow a few basic guidelines that optimise yield and grain quality.

1. Assess the available soil moisture and don’t plant unless you have at least 100 mm of plant available water (PAW) in the profile. If available, irrigation is of benefit from flowering to early podding.

2. Employ the services of an Accredited Mungbean Agronomist and contact an AMA member to assist with marketing your crop.

3. Double check previous herbicide use to ensure the paddock is safe to plant mungbeans. Mungbeans are sensitive to metsulfuron, picloram and any of the triazine actives, plus some others. Also avoid paddocks with recent history of biosolids or feedlot manure applications.

4. Plant mungbeans on narrow rows of 30 to 50 cm if possible to maximise yield and compete with weeds.

5. Inoculate the seed with the correct rhizobia to achieve successful nodulation, providing the crop with most of its own nitrogen requirement.

6. Apply basic starter fertiliser and address any nutrient constraints.

7. Aim to plant into paddocks with low or no weed pressure. Do everything you can to stop weed seed set during the growing season.

8. Start with weekly scouting for insects in the vegetative stage and then ramp up to twice-weekly beat sheet checks for the main insect pests such as helicoverpa, mirids, podborers and bean bugs. At this stage, fall armyworm does not seem to be seeking out mungbean crops.

9. Once the crop starts to mature, crop desiccation is generally required as a harvest aid. If you are in a position to trial swathing instead of herbicide desiccation, this could be an option for managing late germinating weeds and getting the crop off the paddock earlier.

10. Mungbeans are a quick-growing crop and every effort should be made to maximise grain quality to ensure the best returns.


Further Information


Contact for more details

Email Paul McIntosh
Pulse Australia
0429 566 198

Email Dale Reeves
AMA President