2017 mung bean crop fails
THIS season's mung bean yield has farmers despairing.
Low rainfall and persistent high temper- atures led to a stunted crop.
Many of our farmers are struggling to figure out how they'll harvest such small plants.
North of Nanango, BJ Gentry reckons he might just plough his into the soil.
"It's pretty miserable,” Mr Gentry said.
"Its just this heat. We haven't had any decent rain, we had good planting rain but even that was marginal.
"It's been a tough year. If you're going to have 40-something days, you need some good rain to back it up,” he said.
Out along Wattle Grove Rd, Peter Howlett's crop is looking equally poor so he decided to leave his in the ground a little longer in the hope of getting a touch more rain.
Regardless, the yield will be down.
"We're looking at 0.4 of a tonne to the acre, we normally go better than that,” Mr Howlett said.
While he has had rain, he said the heat was the killer.
"Particularly that type of heat late in the season - it's fairly unusual but not unheard of,” Mr Howlett said.
He has access to irrigation and his crop held on through the summer.
Rod Grant farms out on the eastern edge of Kingaroy and he too is a facing a rough harvest.
"They're that short I don't know how they'll be able to head them,” Mr Grant said.
He only got 70mm of rain over paddocks since planting and 25mm of that rain happened in the past two weeks.
"That wouldn't have done much because they already had beans on them,” he said.
"There's a few beans there but nothing like last year's harvest.”
Ross McNamara farms beans along Barkers Creek, between Kingaroy and Nanango.
He also works as a contract harvester and said most of his clients were holding off harvesting in the hope of some late rain.
"All I can say is the upcoming mung bean harvest is going to be a lot less than than last year,”
He is looking at about 0.2-0.3 tonnes to the acre.
His crop had a good drink of rain in January but the sky has been dry ever since.
"It's just criminal, it's just been so hot and so dry for too long,” Mr McNamara said.
"There's been no rain at all and the storm rains have been so patchy.
"I reckon we were fools for planting but you've got to have a go,” he said.