2018 Summer Seed Competition

Lloyd Neilsen, our CEO, has drawn the winning ticket for our 2018 Summer Seeds Competition. The competition was offered to our seed re-sellers, which each one receiving ten entries for each full pallet of seed sold between November 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.

The winner, Norco Rural in Kingaroy, had their ticket #779 drawn, and will receive $10,000 in Travel Expenses through the Toowoomba City Hello World Travel. Noel James from Norco Rural, when notified of the the drawing said, “I can’t believe it, I’ve never won anything in my life.”

Graham Woods from Woods Financial Services acted as witness and audited the competition. Bean Growers Australia Product Manager, Shane Lougheed, said that the competition was an initiative of the Grower Services Department. “We were very pleased with the excitement the promotion generated, and are always happy to support our retail partners. The competition shone a light on what has been a very successful product category for us for many years”.

Bean Growers Australia sells Soybean, Mungbean, Cowpeas and Forage Seeds.

Posted on April 15, 2019 .

Sharing the South Burnett

Russell Wood and Mark Llewlyn of Wood Ag. in Chinchilla recently visited Kingaroy with a group of agronomists from all around Australia to visit Bean Growers Australia, the DAF Research Station and the farm of Alan Sommerfeld. The agronomists were all members of the National Rural Independents (NRI) group.

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At the DAF Research Station the agronomists went over various breeding programs and toured the nursery.

The group then came to Bean Growers Australia to learn about the history of growing in our region, as well as a tour of our world-class grading and bagging facility. Lloyd Neilsen lead the tour.

Most agronomists had never seen how crops are processed once they leave the paddock, so they got to see how our experienced operators and new technology  can maximise yields for growers, while still maintaining a quality product for our customers.


After a tour of our facility the group was keen to see some of Kingaroy’s famous red dirt for themselves (as well as a peanut crop), so Troy Watterson took them to visit Alan Sommerfeld’s farm just outside of Kingaroy.  Allan was kind enough to share his decades of experience with growing all sorts of crops in the region.

It was a fast-paced day full of learning and laughs for a group that had travelled far, and all had an enjoyable day in Kingaroy.

Thanks to Russell Wood for letting us share our pride in the South Burnett.


Posted on March 16, 2018 .

Supporting Our Troops

Bean Growers Australian staff and the Peanut Van put together 22 care packages for our troops serving overseas. The Defense Department covers the postage costs up to 2 kg to troops in operational zones, so it's easy to donate suitable goods to remind our troops that we support them. We will continue donating throughout the year, so if you would like to help please contact Kellie Dugdell at Bean Growers Australia.

Thanks to the Peanut Van and to all our staff for their generous donations (and to Kellie for letting us know about this program, and doing all the hard work).

Posted on January 11, 2018 .

Kingaroy DAF Research Station

A bag of soybeans just "fell off the back of a truck" as we donated soy beans to the Department of Agriculture, Kingaroy for their important research into Red Banded Shield Bugs.

Liz Williams and her colleagues at the research station conduct very important work on behalf of our industry and growers, so we are always happy to help where we can.

DAF, (most still refer to it as DPI), has been working in Kingaroy since 1916, with the current Research Station opening in 1975. The Kingaroy Research station is known for its work in plant breeding and nutrition, weed control, pathology and entomology.

You can follow the work of the entomology team at http://thebeatsheet.com.au/

Posted on November 27, 2017 .

New Insecticide Resource


The Department of Agriculture has released a great new resource that provides an easy to read summary of the available insecticides that are registered, or under permit, in mungbeans as of September 2017.

A second resource provides a calendar as to the best practice product windows and use restrictions to manage insecticide resistance in Helicoverpa armigera -- the pesky moths whose larvae feed on flowers, bore into pods and eat seed.  Heliothis can greatly affect yields with damaged pods becoming exposed to weather and in turn become infected by seed rotting organisms.

Download the documents (in .pdf format) Here and Here.

Posted on October 6, 2017 .

Wood Ag R U OK? Golf Day

Russell Wood of Wood Ag in Chinchilla recently invited us to a charity golf event to benefit the R U OK? suicide prevention program.  Kellie Dugdell and Lee Moller were able to attend and catch up with a few of our regular growers.

Bean Growers Australia donated 20 bags of mungbean seed and ten giftpacks. Tim Fraser and Stuart Gray won the 20 bag prize.

Russell Wood keeping score.

Russell Wood keeping score.

Lee won two “closest to pin” and second approach on a par five.

R U OK? Day is an annual day in September dedicated to remind people to ask the question, "R U OK?", because connecting regularly is one thing everyone can do to help to anyone who might be struggling.

Lee Moller presents our grand prize to Stuart Gray.

Lee Moller presents our grand prize to Stuart Gray.

Posted on September 25, 2017 .

Global Reach

We have visitors come through our plant from around the world to see how we process and package Australia's best pulses and popcorn. Recently a delegation from South Korea came by to visit, and also go to a local grower's farm to see first-hand the work that goes into our great products. Thanks to Mark Black for his hospitality.

Websites and pictures can only go so far, nothing can compare with an actual visit to the fields where our products are grown.

Websites and pictures can only go so far, nothing can compare with an actual visit to the fields where our products are grown.

Visits like these strengthen our business,  relations between countries and also promote the reputation of Australian grown crops in general.

Posted on September 1, 2017 .

We've Got it "In the Bag"

We've recently rolled out our first pallets to feature our new packaging design.

Bagging Operator Ashley Smallwood inspects the very first pallet to use our new bag design.

Bagging Operator Ashley Smallwood inspects the very first pallet to use our new bag design.

Each bag features a photo of the sun rising over a pulse crop, with individual commodities featured on the border. Our National Sales Executive, Stuart Ruthven, lead the design process. "We wanted to select an image that emphasised the Australian farms that produce our products". Each bag expresses the pride we have in our product with the claim, "The best beans come from Bean Growers Australia".

There are individual designs for our Adzuki, Mungbean, Soy Bean and Popcorn bags.

Our production team also worked on developing the optimal bag surface, shapes and sizes, to ensure the bags stacked and stored better than the current versions. 

There is also a key improvement in the 15 kg popcorn bags, a secret we'll soon reveal in a separate article.

For the benefit of the environment we'll be using the remainder of our current bag stock, but remember, regardless of the bag our product is always freshly packaged.



Posted on August 6, 2017 .

Wood Ag Chinchilla Opening

Lee Moller, our Seed Production Coordinator, recently went to Wood Ag Farm Supplies in Chinchilla for the opening of their new facility.

It was great to see so many growers turn out for the opening where Lee was able to show our great lines of pulse and forage seeds.

Thanks to the friendly folks at Wood Ag for the invitation and continued support.

Besides our food lines, Bean Growers Australia is also an accredited developer and marketer of seed.

Besides our food lines, Bean Growers Australia is also an accredited developer and marketer of seed.

Posted on July 10, 2017 .

Moving On Up

Recently Bean Growers Australia added a new piece of equipment to our plant.

Production Manager, Peter Carstairs moves up in the world.

Production Manager, Peter Carstairs moves up in the world.

Our new scissor lift reduces equipment hire costs for the many maintenance, cleaning and electrical needs we have at our 2.3 hectare facility.

Posted on July 7, 2017 .