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Growers welcome autumn rains but not uninvited pests
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While decent autumn rains have been welcomed by many grain growers in the southern cropping region, they have also heralded the arrival of numerous invertebrate pests... Mites, earwigs, fleas, weevils, slugs and snails are appearing in agricultural areas of Victoria and southern New South Wales, according to the PestFacts south-eastern electronic news service which is supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC)... Redlegged earth mites are now predicted to be hatching in many cooler regions, early sightings of blue oat mites (Riverina and north-east Victoria) and Bryobia mites (Riverina) are also being reported, as are earwigs (NSW south-west Slopes), lucerne flea (north-east Victoria and Riverina), weevils (NSW Central Tablelands), black keeled slugs (NSW Riverina) and small pointed snails (western Victoria)...
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