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MOST OF Australia’s mungbeans are grown south of the tropics in the Darling Downs, central Qld, Burnett and Western slopes NSW. However, mungbean has emerged as a profitable break crop in some areas of northern Queensland, the Northern Territory and WA’s Kimberley, provided you get the agronomy right.

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CSIRO researcher Dr Stephen Yeates is working on production systems for mungbeans in northern Australia. Photo: Cindy Benjamin

Townsville-based Dr Stephen Yeates, CSIRO Agriculture, said the largest expansion of mungbean planting has been in the Burdekin area of coastal north Queensland, where mungbean is planted in either