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Calibrate before you bait

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A snail bait distribution trial on Yorke Peninsula in 2013 tested the coverage of various spreaders and found that on average coverage was two-thirds of that expected with urea... Recent rains across much of south-eastern Australia have led growers to look at controlling snails and slugs due to an increase in their activity, meaning now is the ideal time to spread bait... "Research is still continuing into the effects of fragmented baits, but it is unlikely that these smaller fragments would contain a lethal dose, so I would recommend that when growers do their calibration run, they look for fragmentation - where instead of baits there are small crumbs - and increase the dose assuming that those baits are no longer effective...
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