Lo­cust warn­ing

Countryman - - NEWS - Melissa Wil­liams

Grow­ers in WA’s east­ern grain­belt ar­eas are spray­ing hatch­ing lo­custs be­fore they can cause too much dam­age to fin­ish­ing crops.

The De­part­ment of Pri­mary In­dus­tries and Re­gional De­vel­op­ment has re­ported lo­calised in­ci­dences of hatch­ing Aus­tralian plague lo­custs and these nymphs have caused some dam­age to crops that are still green.

The in­sect find­ings have been in the ar­eas of north of War­ralakin and around the Wil­go­yne re­gion.

DPIRD en­to­mol­o­gist Svet­lana Mi­cic said there had been three re­ports, which in­cluded sight­ings of re­cently hatched APL around Kur­renkut­ten.

“We en­cour­age grow­ers to re­port any pest in­ci­dence on the DPIRD PestFax Re­porter app,” she said.

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