Second virus suspected in faba bean disease outbreak

The bean yellow mosaic virus outbreak that has hit faba bean crops in recent weeks, particularly in north west New South Wales, may be being amplified by the presence of a second virus…Read More

Neil Lyon, September 21, 2020

Yellow mosaic virus strikes faba bean crops

Faba bean crops, particularly in north west NSW, are bearing the brunt of a yellow mosaic virus outbreak that has produced unusually high levels of damage, and in some instances totally wiped out plants…Read More

Neil Lyon, September 11, 2020

ABARES revises forecasts for major pulses to 2.58Mt

In figures released yesterday, ABARES has forecast production of Australia’s five major pulse crops at 2.58 million tonnes, up 10pc from its initial forecast released in June…Read More

Grain Central, September 9, 2020

Pulse Australia forecasts major crops at 2.63Mt

Rain in August has bolstered production prospects for Australia’s five biggest pulse crops which are this year expected to produce an above-average 2.63Mt, according to Pulse Australia’s August crop forecast…Read More

Grain Central, August 31, 2020

Manganese deficiency treatments put to test in WA

Trials have put different treatments to the test to help determine how to address manganese (Mn) deficiency in lupin crops – an issue that has made an unwelcome return to parts of Western Australia in recent years…Read More

Grain Central, June 23, 2020

Wild chickpea relatives offer new hope in fight against root lesion nematodes

A new collection of wild chickpea species from Turkey found to be more resistant to root lesion nematodes could hold the key to breeding resistant Australian chickpea varieties…Read More

Grain Central, June 19, 2020

High Ascochyta levels pose threat to chickpea crops

There is potential for a widespread outbreak of Ascochyta blight disease in chickpea crops across NSW and Queensland if forecasts of a wet winter materialise…Read More

Grain Central, June 3, 2020

Swathing could offer early harvest option for mungbeans

Farmers are taking a close look at the potential to use swathing techniques on mungbean crops at harvest instead of the more conventional approach of applying chemical desiccant and direct harvesting…Read More

Neil Lyon, May 22, 2020

Debate over peanut origin laid to rest

Researchers have found that the peanut originated 450,000 years ago, not 10,000 years ago as some have thought,..Read More

Grain Central, May 22, 2020

Queensland researchers launch new mungbean ‘gem’

Queensland Government plant breeders have developed a new disease-resistant variety of mungbean with high yield potential…Read More

Grain Central, April 29, 2020

Chickpea yields boosted by subsurface drip irrigation

New data analysis has shown that growing chickpeas under aerated subsurface drip irrigation can boost yields by up to 27 per cent…Read More

Grain Central, April 29, 2020

Drought turns attention to more resilient crops

More frequent and severe droughts have hit a critical juncture for agriculture – the point where farmers need to swap out standard staple crops because they are insufficiently drought resilient…Read More

Grain Central, April 24, 2020

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