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Optimising mungbean yields - Project B - Improving mungbean irrigation management

Linda McDougall

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Document(s) Contact Name:
Linda McDougall

Document(s) Contact Phone:
0472 832 502

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ATM ID:
PROC-9175545
Agency:
Grains Research and Development Corporation
Category:
70140000 - Crop production and management and protection
Close Date & Time:
16-Mar-2018 5:00 pm (ACT Local Time)
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Publish Date:
5-Feb-2018
Location:
NSW, QLD
ATM Type:
Request for Tender

Multi Agency Access:
No
Panel Arrangement:
No
Multi-stage:
No

Description:

Mungbean [Vigna radiata (L.) Wilczek] is now established as an important spring, summer rotation crop for cereal-based farming systems in the northern region. Current production of mungbean in the northern grains region extends from southern NSW to the Burdekin region in QLD.  Mungbean also has a role for irrigated agriculture including coastal sugarcane areas and the inland dry tropics.

Mungbean production reached a peak in 2009-10 and has steadily declined since. In 2012-13 the farm gate value was over $65 million. Around 95% of mungbean produced in Australia are exported to Japan, India, the USA and the Philippines for human consumption as sprouts and cooking, therefore, grain quality is paramount.

Growers choose to grow mungbean as:

  • a stand-alone high value profitable crop choice;
  • a double crop opportunity immediately following a winter crop (e.g. wheat);
  • an effective management tool to combat Feather-top Rhodes and other summer grass weeds; 
  • and an opportunity crop shifting from a summer crop cycle to a winter crop cycle.

Mungbean are a notoriously unreliable crop to grow and are considered “high risk” by many growers. While the target yield for mungbean is 2 t/ha, the average actual yield across all growing regions is 0.9 t/ha.

There are significant gaps in our knowledge of the drivers of yield, crop nutrition requirements and optimal irrigation management for mungbean.

Significant opportunity exists to capitalise on improved yield reliability of newer mungbean varieties through optimised agronomic management. There is a need to elucidate appropriate mungbean management for:

  • a summer grain double crop opportunity immediately following a winter crop (e.g. wheat); and,
  • a summer grain crop in its own right, rather than an opportunistic crop.

There is also potential to move towards much higher yields under irrigated systems if management practices targeting yield potential are developed through improved physiological understanding.

Investment

The GRDC proposes to invest in a program of agronomy and crop physiology to optimise mungbean yields in the northern region (see diagram). The investment consisting of four projects will increase our understanding of the key factors influencing growth and yield under a range of environmental and management conditions.

The GRDC seeks providers to undertake Project B – Improving mungbean irrigation management 

Intermediate Outcome

By May 2022, irrigation management is optimised for the production of high yielding mungbeans.

Expected Outputs

Output 1 

By June 2022, data characterising the water use patterns and water sensitive growth phases for mungbeans.

Details

Replicated trial work to be conducted over three consecutive seasons at two locations under two irrigation regimes.

The trials should be managed using proven field-based agronomy strategies to control in-crop pest, weeds and disease.

Trials should incorporate soon to be released and commercially available lines.

Trial protocols (including data capture) to be developed and structured to allow the data to calibrate the APSIM mungbean model.

Output 2

By June 2022, an irrigated mungbean production guide.

Details

The guide should be a technical publication for growers producing irrigated mungbeans.

The guide should be developed in consultation with the GRDC. A dissemination plan will be determined with the GRDC closer to the delivery date.

Output 3

By May each year, an Annual Results Report (ARR) collating and summarising the activities, key results and implications of the project.

Details

The aim of the ARR is to detail rationale, methodology, and implications of the work. 

The report will be structured using the GRDC Annual Results Report (ARR) template and submitted to the GRDC for approval.

The content of the reports will be used in GRDC publications for distribution to grain growers as determined by the GRDC.

Output 4

By September 2022, a Final Technical Report (FTR) collating and summarising the background, aims, objectives, methodology, results, discussion, conclusions, recommendations and implications from the work of Project A, B and C in the initiative.

Details

The aim of the report is to provide an overall interpretation of the work of the project.

The report will be structured using the GRDC Final Technical Report (FTR) template and submitted to the GRDC for approval.

The content of the reports will be used in GRDC publications for distribution to grain growers as determined by the GRDC.

 

Other Instructions:

Applying for GRDC investments is now done usng the GRDC Grains Investment Portal. Once registered, users can visit the Portal anytime.

To register as a user please visit https://access.grdc.com.au/

  • Click on the register button at the top right side
  • Complete the registration form. Fill in all the fields: your email address, a password, and the captcha. Your password must be alphanumeric with at least one special character (i.e. not a letter of number) click register to continue the process.
  • Registration is confirmed by the system sending an email to you, with details to complete the registration process.
  • Once the registration process is complete, you can sign in and review all investments open for Tender.

Once you have located this investment, you can commence the application process by completing the details for each field available, until you reach 'submit application' on the last page.

If you have any question or concerns please feel free to contact Linda McDougall, Contract Administrator on northern@grdc.com.au or use the online 'support' function available. 

Conditions for Participation:
  1. The Applicant must be a single legal entity or recognised firm of partners.
  2. The Applicant must be financially viable. For the purposes of this condition, “financially viable” means that the Tenderer has not had any of the following events occur in respect of it:
    1. a meeting of creditors being called or held within the past five years;
    2. the appointment of a liquidator, provisional liquidator or administrator within the past five years;
    3. the appointment of a controller (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act (2001)), or analogous person appointed, including in respect of any of its property within the past five years;
    4. a failure to comply with a statutory demand in respect of the payment of any debt;
    5. an inability to pay debts as they fall due or otherwise becoming insolvent;
    6. becoming incapable of managing its own affairs for any reason;
    7. taking any step resulting in insolvency under administration (as defined in section 9 of the Corporations Act 2001);
    8. entering into a compromise or arrangement with, or assignment for the benefit of, any of its creditors, or any analogous event.
  3. The Applicant and any proposed subcontractor must be compliant with the Workplace Gender Equality Act 2012.
  4. The Applicant must include in its application details of any known circumstances that may give rise to an actual or potential Conflict of Interest with GRDC in responding to this procurement. The Applicant's response will be taken into account in the evaluation.
Timeframe for Delivery:

15 May 2018 to 15 October 2022

Address for Lodgement:

By portal submission only at http://access.grdc.com.au/

Linda McDougall

P: 0472 832 502

M: 0472 832 502

E:

W: https://access.grdc.com.au/

Document(s) Contact Name:
Linda McDougall

Document(s) Contact Phone:
0472 832 502

Document(s) Contact Email: