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The University of Melbourne's Dr Michael Nash says slug trials in the past year have shown baiting is still the best option for chemical control and grain growers should not skimp on bait rates... Dr Nash says growers must closely monitor crops after rain when conditions are moist and favourable for slugs, particularly in areas affected by the pests in the past... Speaking at the recent GRDC Adviser Updates series in the southern region, Dr Nash says baiting success depends on the chances a slug will encounter individual baits, which is influenced by slug activity, attractiveness of the bait and the number of baits...
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"Now is the time - before harvest - to record where slugs have been present this year, regardless of whether they caused damage, as it can take more than one season for slugs to reach damaging levels in a paddock... "Discussed at all meetings was the need for alternative controls for slugs in WA, as burning and tillage only controls the reticulated slug," GRDC RCSN coordinator Julianne Hill said... GRDC supported surveys conducted by DAFWA have found that most slugs in WA crops are the black keeled slug or the reticulated slug...
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Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) entomologist Svetlana Micic, who helped compile the Hot Topic, said slugs were usually found on heavy soils and wet areas... "Now is the time - before harvest - to record where slugs have been present this year, regardless of whether they caused damage, as it can take more than one season for slugs to reach damaging levels in a paddock... "Discussed at all meetings was the need for alternative controls for slugs in WA, as burning and tillage only controls the reticulated slug," GRDC RCSN coordinator Julianne Hill said...
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Growers advised to look out for slugs.. Ms Micic, who conducts slug research supported by the Grains Research and Development Corporation (GRDC), said black-keeled slugs were usually black with a prominent ridge down the back, and could burrow to a depth of 200 millimetres or more... A new project is commencing, funded by the GRDC and led by DAFWA in WA, which aims to expand ecological and biological knowledge of specific snail and slug species, including black-keeled slugs, to provide growers with regionally specific information to allow them to effectively and economically manage these pests...
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A new research project aims to increase knowledge of damaging snail and slug species and provide grain growers with information to allow them to effectively and economically manage these pests... "DAFWA researchers will investigate relationships between climate and abiotic factors - soil acidity, soil amelioration and crop rotation - and snail and slug activity, and subsequent crop damage," Mr Duncan said... "Applicable to growers along WA's south coast, the project will investigate effective baiting options for the control of small pointed snails," Mr Duncan said...
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