Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Locust warning issued

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With bumper crops on the horizon for much of the state, landholder­s are being urged to be on the lookout for locust activity this spring and report any sightings immediatel­y.

Adult plague locusts usually lay eggs in harder loamy red soils, favouring compact roads next to crops, tree lines and farm buildings, especially those built on higher ground such as ridges.

NSW Plague Locust Commission­er Scott Charlton said while fewer reports of locusts had been received than in previous years, landholder­s west of the ranges should still be vigilant and expect sporadic outbreaks.

‘‘Despite warmer weather and high rainfall forecast across much of the state this spring, we have received very few reports to date of locust activity,’’ Mr Charlton said. ‘‘We are still encouragin­g landowners in the upper Western and far Northwest to monitor for any activity, as this will help control teams with their response efforts and limit further spread of locusts.

‘‘Locust hatching is still expected in the northwest of the state throughout September as temperatur­es increase, while outbreaks throughout the lower western Riverina may not occur until October.

‘‘On-ground treatment by landholder­s once locusts begin to ‘band’ is by far the best and most effective treatment option and will help limit new swarms.’’

If you suspect you’ve got Plague Locusts, contact your nearest Local Land Services office on 1300 795 299. LLS can issue landholder­s with pesticide to spray detected bands of locusts.

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