Blog — Agronomy alert

Fusarium wilt raises its head in mungbean crops

March 14, 2016
Fusarium wilt has raised its head in mungbean crops across southern Queensland in recent weeks, prompting calls from the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC) for growers to submit samples for disease testing.

Global Survey Shows Shortfall in Research Investment in Pulses

March 02, 2016
LIVINGSTONE, ZAMBIA, March 1, 2016: A new global survey among leading agricultural research institutions and personnel shows a concern that the current level of research funding into pulses - the edible dried seeds of legume crops, such as lentils, dry peas, chickpeas and beans – is too low and this may be handicapping efforts to improve food security and agricultural sustainability.


February 11, 2016
2015 was a year of stark contrasts for the Australian pulse industry. While growers in the northern growing region experienced an excellent season and achieved record production levels, severe hot dry conditions in spring heavily impacted pulses, along with cereals and oilseed crops, grown in the southern regions.

Pulse options after a failed pulse crop

January 15, 2016
Sowing pulses on pulses increases the risk of crop failure in seasons favourable for disease development. Many pathogens that cause common diseases in pulse crops can survive quite well in dry years

Phil Bowden joins the Pulse Australia industry development team

January 13, 2016
After graduating from Hawkesbury Agricultural College in 1976, Phil began his career as an agronomist with Agrisearch Services based in Orange and Toowoomba. This was followed by several years working with multinational Schering AG as an agronomist, working at Wee Waa, Warren and Trangie, primarily in cotton trials.

Back to back chickpea is high risk

December 30, 2015
Most growers are aware of the recommendation to not plant chickpea into paddocks with a recent history of pulse crops. The current high chickpea prices however are very attractive and some growers may be wondering if the risk is worth the potential financial gain.

Choosing field pea varieties in WA

December 29, 2015
Recommended for districts, particularly Agzone 5, where Pea seed-borne mosaic virus (PSbMV) is a yield and grain quality threat in Western Australia. Can be co-mingled for delivery with all kaspa type varieties.