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Landholders to Gear up for Spring Locusts

31 August 2012

AUSTRALIA - Rural landholders, particularly in southern agricultural areas, are advised to inspect their properties for locust activity and prepare for control during spring.

The Department of Agriculture and Food is predicting significant locust activity during spring in southern and south-eastern parts of the agricultural region.

Department Invasive Species Director Viv Read said peak hatchings were expected to occur in mid-September to early October.

“Autumn monitoring by the department has indicated high density hatchings may occur in parts of the Ravensthorpe, Jerramungup, Gnowangerup, Esperance (Cascades), Kent, Broomehill-Tambellup, Lake Grace and Katanning shires,” he said.

“Variable hatchings are also likely to occur in other parts of the southern agricultural region and Eastern Wheatbelt.

“Hatching dates are variable and landholders should be checking their properties from now on for locust activity to determine when to carry out control.”

Mr Read reminded landholders of their responsibility to manage locusts and it was in their economic interests to do so.

“It is vital that landholders carry out timely control to minimise damage to valuable pastures and crops where locusts emerge and feed,” Mr Read said.

“The department will undertake surveillance to assist landholders make timely decisions on control.

“There are registered chemicals available commercially and the department can provide advice on control options. I remind landholders of the importance of complying with label regulations.

“Where agreed, the department will offer services for a locally co-ordinated approach for landholder control in recognised high density areas.”

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