Pest threat for grain farmers
GRAIN growers are being urged to manage insect pests and snails with the onset of warmer spring weather.
Agriculture Victoria grains biosecurity officer Jim Moran said with harvest fast approaching, growers should start preparations for insect-free handling and storage of grain.
“Avoiding new infestations and effectively controlling any current insect populations takes time, money and resources, but ensures that returns are maximised,” Mr Moran said.
“To prevent store grain insect pests from becoming a problem, hygiene strategies should be put in place now.
“This includes closely monitoring grain storages by sieving grain and installing insect traps now as temperatures inside storages rise and insect activity increases.”
The Grain Research and Development Corporation is also encouraging grain growers in Western Australia’s southern high rainfall areas to employ a range of harvest practices to help reduce the risk of snails contaminating grain this season.
Not only can snails pose a threat to grain meeting quality standards, they can clog up machinery and cause losses in subsequent crops if not sufficiently controlled.