Blog — Agronomy alert

WA planning pulses for 2017

June 23, 2016
Pulse seed was in short supply in Western Australia this season and this has limited the area sown to chickpea particularly. To avoid a similar situation in 2017, Pulse Australia is urging growers to place their seed orders early.

Resilient mungbeans

May 14, 2016
Mungbean crops continue to surprise BGA senior agronomist Ian Crosthwaite. “At planting it is impossible to know exactly how the season will unfold but mungbean is showing itself to be a very reliable performer even under poor growing conditions,” he said.

Ascochyta warning

May 03, 2016
New South Wales Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) senior plant pathologist Dr Kevin Moore says current forecasts for above average winter rain and neutral to La Niña conditions in spring, plus evidence that the ascochyta blight fungus is changing and concerns about varietal purity, justify a conservative approach to ascochyta management this season.

Sowing larger seeded faba bean such as PBA Nasma

April 15, 2016
The variety PBA Nasma has significantly larger seed than previous varieties released for northern NSW, which will improve market acceptance. In trials, PBA Nasma has demonstrated higher yield than older varieties and acceptable disease resistance, as a result it is likely to be widely adopted in the north.

No extra seed quality [or germination] risk with PBA Jurien lupin

April 15, 2016
Unfortunately many growers have recently been disappointed to learn that their order was cancelled due to the low germination rates in the bulk of the seed stock. Rain before harvest is the cause of the unacceptable germination rates in affected seed, principally sourced from the Moora district.

Mungbeans back in the rotation

March 21, 2016
Like many growers, Ian Wolski was ‘bitten’ by mungbeans in the 1980s and as a result had steered clear of growing them for the last 25 years.