Don’t give up pulses – yet

PULSE crop growers in low-rainfall areas of the southern cropping region – particularly the Mallee – are being advised to not give up on extracting a yield from this year’s crops.

While many pulse crops might look like they’re not going to break even this year it is important to remember that they have a surprising capacity to burst into life with some well-timed rain in early spring. Picture: Katherine Hollaway

While many pulse crops might look like they’re not going to break even this year it is important to remember that they have a surprising capacity to burst into life with some well-timed rain in early spring. Picture: Katherine Hollaway

Agriculture Victoria pulse agronomist ­Jason Brand said growers despondent about the lack of rain in the growing season and the performance of their pulses should wait before making the call to brown manure – or spray out – their crops.

“With crops only a few inches high it might look like brown manure is all they’re good for,” said Dr Brand, who is involved in Grains Research and Development Corpor­ation pulse-related project investments.

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